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SCYA 1.0: March 21–23, 2019 @ Princess Sumaya University for Technology. Co-organizers: Queen Rania Center for Entrepreneurship and DART Entrepreneurship Society.

Approximately 25 Jordanian students representing half a dozen public and private high schools and universities took part in Startup Camp Youth Amman. 20 entrepreneurs, businesspeople, government officials, and field experts from across Jordan mentored the participants throughout the weekend. The event received sponsorship from the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom.




To introduce an organic framework for Jordanian youth to pursue entrepreneurship, engage in cultural exchange, and build community awareness of their potential as young people. What defines our program is that our members are youth who all have experiences in sharing our skills and backgrounds. Startup Camp Youth Amman is seventy-two hours of creative ideation, storytelling and collaboration, conferring on participants with tangible and long-lasting entrepreneurial expertise and enthusiasm.

See the event schedule here. Meals are provided.


  • For 1st-place team: invitation to spend a day at tech company Bilforon, with opportunity to consult with Bilforon team members on investment, grants, technology, UX, UI, operations, finance, marketing, etc.

  • For top three teams: print copy of Startup Comics, personal courtesy of cartoonist and Bilforon CEO Mohammad Albattikhi

  • For all participants: 10% discount coupon code on all "Dish of The Day" items at Bilforon


  • Financial

    • Friedrich Naumann Foundation

  • In-kind

    • Bilforon

    • Mohammad Abattikhi


Opening Speakers


Salahaldeen Alazaizeh, Community Leader, Startup Weekend Amman

Salahaldeen is the Founder of the Entrepreneurship Community, a place in universities that aims to empower and develop student by providing them with the necessary tools, practical experiences, mentorship and comprehensive training to implement positive change.

Beside his Bachelor degree in computer engineering, he is an alumnus of the Global business Institute at Indiana University-Kelley school of business. He did also get a diploma from the European Innovation Academy in entrepreneurship and innovation. 

Salahaldeen is a member of the board of directors of US department of state Jordanian Alumni Association, and a global shaper with the World Economic Forum (WEF) at Amman Hub where he and the other shapers trying to make a positive impact in their community.


Raed Al-Tabini, Academic Director; Geopolitics and International Relations of ME; Engineering and Design for Sustainable Environments, SIT-Study Abroad; World Learning

Dr. Raed Al-Tabini, a Jordanian national, holds a Ph.D. in arid and semi-arid land management and community development from the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne in the UK. He is a former Deputy President of the Badia Research and Development Center (BRDC) in Jordan. Dr. Al-Tabini has managed a variety of development projects in the Middle East and North Africa on such diverse topics as community-based rangeland rehabilitation, management of scarce water resources, and developing sustainable livelihoods in agro pastoral communities. He also collaborated on the set-up of the Badia Center for Ecological Educational. Dr. Al-Tabini is a frequent presenter at international conferences and is well published in the field of sustainable development; he has published 25 academic papers and reports. He has served as an academic director with SIT Study Abroad since the summer of 2007, first with SIT's Appropriate Technology and Sustainable Development program (now the Water and Environmental Policy in the Middle East program). In 2007, he also became academic director for SIT's Modernization and Social Change program. Both programs are based in Jordan.


Saeed Omar, CEO, SitatByoot.

I help companies grow faster and cheaper. I do that thru deploying my marketing expertise in online marketing automation. I have worked with clients in media, mobile apps, e-commerce websites, real estate and fashion businesses throughout the past 15 years. Currently I consult a number of startups and organizations around the Middle East.

I also cofounded in 2010 to help Arab entrepreneurial women sell their handmade products online. It has pivoted since then and will be relaunched as an e-learning platform that teaches women crucial art and business capabilities. It has also grown to reach 900k women across the Arab speaking world. I also helped establish 4 Startup Accelerators in the Middle East, such as Qatar Business Incubation Center in Doha, Qatar and BIG by Orange in Amman, Jordan. I have authored the entrepreneurship curriculum 'Company Startup Program' currently being taught at 20+ universities in Jordan. 


Saddam Sayyaleh, Founder, ILearnJo

As the Founder for I Learn Jordan Initiative, Saddam is a social entrepreneur who employs a community-based approach to empowering youth and children in disenfranchised communities. Through informal education, youth volunteerism, and global partnerships he seeks to establish safe spaces that encourage innovation, intellectual growth, and critical thinking. Saddam is an expert in community mobilization and social innovation and has developed skills in training, project management, and community outreach activities.

Saddam is a Global Fellow at Laureate 2016 in addition to other organizations such as Ashoka Foundation, Changemakerxchange, Young Leaders Visitors Program, the Swedish Institute and a Global Shaper at the World Economic Forum and UNESCO youth fellow and State Department Alumni.




Mohammad Albattikhi, CEO, Bilforon

Mohammad Albattikhi is the founder and CEO of Bilforon, a technology company focused on developing tools and applications for managing and analyzing online food orders. He's also a business consultant and an entrepreneurship and innovation trainer. He provided his consulting and training services to various orgnization in the United States, Jamaica, Morocco, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia and Jordan 

Mohammad worked as the Acceleration Manager at Oasis500 where he guided entrepreneurs by helping them define the scope of their companies and providing them with the tools and contacts necessary to achieve meaningful milestones with their business ventures. 

Prior to joining Oasis500, Mohammad co-founded and directed Western Michigan University’s Business Accelerator, Starting Gate. He also founded various startup companies in the technology, creative and social space. He is involved with many global organizations that are fostering the startup ecosystem, such as Startup Grind, Startup Weekend and Startup Digest. 

Mohammad has an MBA from Western Michigan University, where he worked as a Research and Teaching Assistant at the Marketing and Management departments. He focused his studies and research on entrepreneurship, business modeling and disruptive innovation.


Mohammad Sammour, Program Director - Jordan, Hult Prize

Mohammad Sammour is the Community & Program Director at Hult Prize Foundation; The world's foremost platform for the creation and launch of for-good, for-profit startups. He is a Jordanian entrepreneur and cultural activist. Earned his Bachelor degree in City Planning & Design, and pursued a career in entrepreneurship and impact-centered business through practice and self-learning. He embarked on an entrepreneurial journey by co-founding a multi-awarded social venture that concern on the role of culture and art in promoting human rights, increasing social cohesion and communities development under the name of MedeArts. 

Mohammad is a member of the Global Shapers Community and a fellow at YouthActionNet, International Youth Foundation & Badir. He gained specialized expertise in leadership and social entrepreneurship by participating in UNAOC-EF summer school for young global leaders in New York. Besides his degree from Jordan University of Science & Technology, Mohammad is one of the Global Business Institute - Kelley School of Business scholars/Indiana University; in 2017, he was awarded from the U.S. Department of State as one of the top 100 young entrepreneurs from the MENA region.

Life philosophy; "We are what we repeatedly do. Greatness then is not an act, but a habit”


Abdelraheem Abual Basal, Dean of king Talal Business Technology School and Director of University of Arizona micro campus, Princess Sumaya University for Technology

Dr. Abdelraheem Abualbasal obtained a bachelor degree from Eastern Michigan University in computer information system & Business Administration and a master’s degree in Science Information Systems from Eastern Michigan University. He received a doctorate in Management in Information Technology from Lawrence Technological University.  He co-founded several tech startup companies in the United States.  His Research interests are in the areas of entrepreneurship and innovation, cloud computing, the new generation of web technology and business process re-engineering. He served as the department head of Business Administration and Social Media Marketing at Princess Sumaya University for Technology. He is currently the Dean of King Talal School of Business Technology at Princess Sumaya University for Technology and the Executive Director of Queen Rania Center for Entrepreneurship. Dr. Abualbasal is also the Vice President and founding member of the Asia entrepreneur alliance and a member of Accreditation Council for Entrepreneurial 
and Engaged Universities (ACEEU).

Community Tabling

On Saturday night, while the judges were deliberating over the presentations, leaders in education, business, entrepreneurship, diplomacy, advocacy, and the environment shared information and resources related to entrepreneurship, economic advancement, or personal development with student participants and their peers present for the closing events through a tabling/networking format, similar to a career fair.



  • Ziena Abu-Dalbouh, Startup Weekend Amman


  • Saif Al-Ali, Organizer, Design Fields.

  • Salahaldeen Alazaizeh, Community Leader, Startup Weekend Amman


  • Charlee Doom, Economic Development and Energy Office, USAID/Jordan


  • Sabah Waleed, Startup Weekend Amman


  • Khaled Abu-Dari, Founder, Abudari Graphic Design Services

  • Ala’a Ali, Senior Designer, Syntax


  • Amani Qaddoumi, Program Manager, Platform

  • Mahmood Omar, IoT Engineer, Exceed IT Services


  • Craig Masback, Vice President of Sports Marketing for Great China at Nike Inc

  • Mohammad El-Fahmawi, Creative & Social Media Director, Parachute16.


  • Abdel Raouf Shamout, Quality Officer, We Love Reading


  • Vitaly Talyansky, Partner, Stardust Materials.


  • Ghassan Halawa, CEO, Parachute16

  • Osama Abu Alhaj, Innovation Manager, Parachute16

Mentors are coming from the following organizations:

  • Designs Field

  • Startup Weekend Amman

  • USAID/Jordan

  • Hult Prize

  • Abudari Graphic Design

  • SIT-Study Abroad

  • Syntax

  • Platform

  • SAE Institute - Amman

  • Exceed IT Services

  • ILearnJo

  • SitatByoot

  • Parachute 16

  • We Love Reading

  • NIKE

  • Stardust Materials

Amman, Jordan


When: Mar 21-23

Where: Princess Sumaya University for Technology (PSUT)

Who: university students from across Amman + mentors and speakers from local government, NGOs, and businesses


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Financial sponsors:

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In-kind sponsors:


Mentors come from the following organizations:


Community Table Members


Organizing Team

  • Britton Masback (GYE)

  • Li Lambert (GYE)

  • Nada Al-Jaafari (QRCE)

  • Noor Alawneh (DART)

  • Seth Talyansky (GYE)

  • Taji Chesimet (GYE)