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Empowering Start-up Success

PALinnO is an exciting new initiative aimed at empowering Palestinian entrepreneurs and start-ups, and paving the way to get these tech start-ups to Silicon Valley. Forbes magazine recently named the incubator as one of the top 15 Middle East start-up accelerators to watch.

Based in Nablus, PALinnO provides a mentoring program that helps fresh entrepreneurs develop their ideas and build stronger business plans. The organization also offers office space, seed investment and follow-up funding to encourage innovative Palestinians to succeed on an international scale.

This August, PALinnO held a competition to send the top start-ups to Silicon Valley and connect them with venture capital investors. The winners were SMS services company linking people with jobs and connecting aid agencies with local communities Souktel, Fresco, a gesture-recognition technology for smartphones and tablets, and freelance resource site AnaLancer.

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Lama Saleh

Freelance writer at Baraka bits. A dreamer wanting to have a positive footprint on society and bring joy to others. Success stories and inspiring people are my muses, optimism is my life choice. Interested in all things relating to social entrepreneurship, social development, social justice, peace, women's rights, child safety and development, art and illustration, health, education and psychology.

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