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Experts discuss use of Nanotechnology in grape crops

(Photo: Petra)
AMMAN — A meeting of experts convened in Amman on Monday to discuss how the “New Business Opportunities & Environmental Sustainability using Mediterranean Grape Nano Technological Products” (BESTMEDGRAPE) project can assist potential entrepreneurs in developing innovative commercial ideas for new startups, according to the Jordan News Agency, Petra.اضافة اعلان

The meeting also viewed implemented projects by partner countries to select four winners to receive cash prizes.

The Jordanian project, carried out by the Society for Scientific Research, Entrepreneurship and Creativity (JSSREC) in collaboration with the EU and partner states, aims to provide business opportunities, enhance social and economic development and increase knowledge of nanotechnology in Jordan and the Mediterranean by using grape waste in Nanotechnological products.

Partner countries, including France, Italy, Lebanon, Tunisia, and Jordan, are implementing the project, targeting — as beneficiaries — local farms, wineries, cosmetic, and functional food SMEs, researchers, potential entrepreneurs, and local institutions.  

President of JSSREC, Rida Khawaldeh, said: “The meeting is an anchor activity of the project to enable entrepreneurs to develop commercial ideas that can turn into spinoffs.”  It also served to boost communication between potential entrepreneurs and build borderless relations that create new business opportunities in the Mediterranean, he added.

According to Khawaldeh, since it was launched in Jordan in February 2020, the project has performed business creation training in cooperation with Al-Ahliyya Amman University. It also hosted speakers on the entrepreneurship ecosystem “and achieved remarkable results with the development of 40 applicable and efficient startup ideas.”  
BESTMEDGRAPE coordinator, Gianluigi Bacchetta, lauded the cooperation with the JSSREC and Al-Ahliyya Amman University and called for the continuity of work and collaboration between the partners, saying: “The past collective efforts, despite the challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, have brought about numerous innovative ideas for future projects.” 

Assistant for Foreign Affairs in Al-Ahliyya Amman University, Anas Al-Soud, underscored the university's role and efforts in bolstering entrepreneurs' creativity in cooperation with the JSSREC.

Coordinator for the Eastern Mediterranean, Esmat Karadsheh, commended the project's achievements and interest to support entrepreneurial and purposeful projects.

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