US embassy launches project to support Jordanian start-ups

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AMMAN — US Ambassador Henry T. Wooster hosted HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan and a delegation from the Royal Scientific Society (RSS), Princess Sumaya University for Technology (PSUT), iPARK, and the Queen Rania Center for Entrepreneurship (QRCE) to mark the launch of a grant funded by the public affairs section of the US embassy, the embassy said in a statement.اضافة اعلان

The grant will be spent on a project focused on helping Jordanian entrepreneurs build their capacity, and expand to the US market.

“The robust discussion of science and technology highlighted the strength of US-Jordan scientific and economic cooperation,” the statement said. It said Wooster lauded the bilateral relationship, saying: “Our interests are extraordinarily the same.”

He underscored the importance of private sector growth for economic strength, and praised the success of iPark’s and QRCE’s programs as “a testament to the vital role entrepreneurship plays in promoting economic growth”.

Princess Sumaya said relations between Washington and Amman “served as a model for fostering equality, friendship, and collaboration across nations of varying sizes, socioeconomic systems, and cultural backgrounds.”

The princess shared the need for science diplomacy, characterizing “science as a bridge for peace.”  She expressed interest in furthering an already robust program of US-Jordan scientific and academic cooperation.

El Hassan Science City is an umbrella organization that nurtures the entrepreneurial spirit in all its member institutions: The RSS, PSUT, and the iPARK. The synergy between the three complementary entities has not only served to strengthen each of them individually, but also resulted in numerous academic, research, and business initiatives, according to the statement.

The RSS was founded in 1970 by His Majesty the late King Hussein and HRH Prince El Hassan, and is an umbrella organization for iPARK and QRCE.

PSUT, one of El-Hassan Scientific City’s three member institutions, enjoys a prestigious reputation as a pioneering university in the fields of engineering, IT, and business technology, according to the embassy statement. It said PSUT is internationally accredited and has academic cooperation agreements with colleges in the US, including the University of Arizona, Tucson, Colorado State University, the University of Michigan, Oakland University, and Indiana University.

iPark was established in 2003, and has since graduated over 300 start-ups, including a clean technology startup which installs solar charging stations for electric vehicles, launched by a Jordanian-American, who brought back expertise learned in the US.  iPARK has continuously benefited from various USAID funded projects, such as SABEQ and JCP, that has helped it in expanding and growing its operations.

Princess Sumaya said the event “is the culmination of a productive collaboration with the US embassy through the program ‘Touchdown,’ which will assist and support Jordanian high-growth start-ups in evaluating, making validated decisions, and navigating the US market by providing participating start-ups with structured capacity building, detailed assessment, mentorship sessions, and connections to relevant US local partners.”

This entrepreneurship grant with the RSS advances private sector growth — through training 60 high-growth start-ups across Jordan’s governorates and selecting the 16 best to fund and take to the US to help access and expand into the US market, deepening economic ties between the US and Jordan.

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