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What is Accelerate MENA?

Accelerate MENA is an initiative to empower local innovators in the MENA region to develop sustainable solutions to some of the world’s toughest challenges: “Production & Consumption” and “Energy”. Together we work towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  

Why are we running Accelerate MENA?

We believe entrepreneurial action through responsible and inclusive business models are key to solve global pressing problems. That’s why we want to empower local innovators to leverage their creativity, collaborate and create new solutions. We do this through three core elements:

  • Inspire – inspire individuals to create impactful solutions that have a positive impact.
  • Connect – connect the local ecosystem within and between Jordan, Tunisia and Germany.
  • Enable – enable an entrepreneurial mindset to create new business solutions.

Apply to get inspired, connected and enabled to turn your business idea into reality!

Amman: Sustainable Production & Consumption

Tunis: Renewable

30.03. – 01.04.2017
Language: English

How might we empower sustainable production and consumption in Jordan? 
How can we strengthen green agriculture, and make the food industry inclusive and sustainable? How can we turn waste into a resource? How can we design sustainable and innovative solutions through life cycle thinking? With you, we want to build a green, circular and thriving economy in Jordan!  
07. – 09.04.2017
Language: French (& English)

How might we empower the future of renewable energy in Tunisia?
How can we increase the share of renewable energy (derived from hydropower, solid and liquid biofuels, wind, the sun, biogas, geothermal and marine sources, and waste) in Tunisia's total final energy consumption? With you, we want to build a green, energy efficient and thriving economy in Tunisia!
Are you interested in the topic? Do you already have an idea? Do you run a business in this field? Apply now!
Applications are open until the 13th of March 2017 noon (CET).

Accelerate MENA consists of three parts:

1. Impact Bootcamp in Amman & Tunis

30.03. – 01.04.2017 Amman, Jordan // 07. – 09.04.2017 Tunis, Tunisia

Be part of a a two-day ideation and innovation workshop in either Amman or Tunis to grow your idea into a real business! Sign up!

  • Meet like-minded people from the local entrepreneurial scene;
  • Use Design Thinking to ideate and come up with a new idea or further develop your already existing project;
  • Sharpen your business model;
  • Get feedback from experts & an engaged jury!

2. Berlin Impact Week

May 2017

Win a scholarship to come to Berlin and take part in a one week bootcamp! Get connected to an entrepreneurial ecosystems, develop your idea further with experts and pitch it in front of a global audience.

  • Win a one-week stipend to come to Berlin;
  • Meet entrepreneurs from neighboring countries;
  • Dive into the Berlin start-up ecosystem;
  • Expand your global network;
  • Develop your business further by improving your business model, value proposition and pitching skills

3. Mentoring back home

Work with a mentor to continue implementing your idea in your home country.

  • Stay tuned in with the global social entrepreneurship network through a Connect Membership of the Impact Hub;
  • Receive a mentor on your side to guide you through coming phases!

Who can apply?

You want to contribute to promoting renewable energy, sustainable production and consumption in your country? You want to tackle one of the challenges but need support? Then Accelerate MENA is for you. Whether you are just interested in the topic, are already developing an idea or even run a business in this field, apply now to participate in the bootcamp! Six selected winners will have the chance to come to Berlin in May 2017 and receive mentoring.
Applications are open until the 13th of March 2017 noon (CET).

What are SDGs?

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as Global Goals, are 17 Goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development aiming to end all forms of poverty. The SDGs, adopted by world leaders at the 2015 UN summit, call for action by all countries, poor, rich and middle-income to promote prosperity while protecting the planet. They recognize that ending poverty must go hand-in-hand with strategies that build economic growth and addresses a range of social needs including education, health, social protection, and job opportunities, while tackling climate change and environmental protection. Although the SDGs are not legally binding, governments are expected to take ownership and establish national frameworks for the achievement of the 17 Goals over the next fifteen years. We want to support the SDGs by mobilizing efforts to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change, while ensuring that no one is left behind.

Who are we?


Impact Hub Berlin is part of a global network of over 80 Impact Hubs all over the world, creating an ecosystem of social innovators providing them with resources, inspiration, and collaboration opportunities to grow the positive impact of their work. On the one hand, Impact Hub Berlin functions as an innovation lab and business incubator by providing a space for co-working and events related to positive change. On the other hand, Impact Hub Berlin also runs programs, workshops and innovation weekends connected to development cooperation, social entrepreneurship and climate change in partnership with NGOs, companies and foundations. All in all, Impact Hub Berlin aims to inspire and empower people to realize enterprising ideas for sustainable impact, thus strengthening the social entrepreneurship ecosystem.



The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) is a globally active federal enterprise that supports and partners with the private sector in the field of sustainable development and inclusive business. It supports the Federal Government in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development and education.
On behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) the GIZ has established Responsible and Inclusive Business Hubs (RIBHs) in different regions: The RIBH in Amman for the region Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and the RIBH in Pretoria for the Southern African Development Community (SADC). The RIBHs consults companies, social entrepreneurs and start-ups on how to create and implement sustainable and inclusive business models. Thanks to the local presence, know-how and the well-established network and partner structures, the RIBHs do not only connect and consult local and international companies but furthermore serves as a point of contact for regional players and intermediaries.