Gaza Sky Geeks, the only startup accelerator in the besieged Palestinian territory of Gaza, is in the process of raising cash.
However, the goal of its latest crowdfunding campaign could seem unusual to someone who does not understand the operations it operates in—it wants to keep electricity flowing to its co-working space in Gaza City.
The accelerator is hoping to acquire a generator to keep power running longer than the six hours per day that Gaza residents typically get.
Gaza Sky Geeks was launched with the recognition that consistent access to high-speed fiber internet could allow Gaza’s educated youth to side-step many of the current restrictions on the movement of people and goods that hamper the Gazan economy.
Founded in 2011 in partnership with Google and the international NGO Mercy Corps, Gaza Sky Geeks began by holding the first Startup Weekends in Gaza and expanding education about tech entrepreneurship.
In 2014, it started working with individual startup founders to grow their businesses outside of Gaza and to develop its incubation curriculum.
In 2014 and 2015, the firm facilitated the first venture investments into Gazan startups.
Today, it is the leading co-working space, startup accelerator, and technology education hub in Gaza. It brings together online freelancers, outsourcers, and startup founders together under one roof to share ideas, learn and innovate.
Since 2007, the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip has been under an economic and military blockade. Leveraging the blockade, Israel and Egypt have sealed its borders and limited the population’s access to various goods and raw materials, including gas and electricity.
The blockade is viewed as an anti-terrorism measure by some and a devastating human-rights violation by most others.
However, Gaza Sky Geeks is less concerned about politics and is focused on fostering entrepreneurship in a territory with the highest unemployment rate globally.
You can help it by donating to the crowdfunding campaign here.
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