By Sustainability Hub Reporter Mostafa Shahat
In the early 1990s the internet service was not heavily used in third world countries, compared to nowadays where we have millions of users surfing the web. The number of internet users in Jordan has reached almost 4 million users that represent 45.7% of the total population.
Jordanian Entrepreneurship Ecosystem has flourished after merging the internet service with the entrepreneurship field: many digital marketing and software house companies have launched, and social enterprises have been founded to tackle the social issues by using the internet technology. The tremendous effect of the internet service and the (IT) Information Technology field in general have shaped the Jordanian entrepreneurship community and expanded its effects to other fields.
Mohammad Abu Musa, for instance, is a social entrepreneur who is considered one of the few early social entrepreneurs who used the advantages of the internet technology to solve a real social issue in the local Jordanian communities. Mohammad founded Qayrwan, which is a social venture to help Arab women in marginalized and isolated areas to have access to live classes in the topics of science, technology, English language, and entrepreneurship.
Mohammad studied at Jordan University of Science and Technology in 2010, and was a Project Assistant Manager intern at Daimler in Germany for three months during 2008. Since his time as a student, Mohammad wanted to run his own business and so went on to co-found, with a group of friends, a company named Genesis Software Services in 2008.
‘Unfortunately, we couldn’t make deals and sustain the company, and we ended up closing it’ says Mohammad ‘we didn’t have any business background, and it was our first time to run a company’.
In 2010, Mohammad was awarded at MENA 100 business plan competition with 25 thousand dollars to start Qayrwan. Qayrwan has over than 3000 members from 9 Arabian countries, Qayrwan has a collection of twelve courses online vary between entrepreneurship to English language courses, with 50 trainers & teachers, each online class has between 20 -25 women.
“Mohammad is receiving the award at MENA 100 Business Plan Competition at Bahrain”
‘Our model is very simple, we provide for free online courses for women, and have different sponsors who are paying our trainers & teachers’ says Mohammad ‘so we benefit different types of individuals, we are helping companies by increasing their outreach, and trainers & teachers by increasing their incomes’.
Because of his huge experiences running different types of businesses, Mohammad is currently mentoring entrepreneurs to start their companies, and, in return, he is owning an equity. Currently, he is supporting 5 entrepreneurs in different countries who successfully launched their companies in different fields which vary from mobile app and video to production to translation services.
Mohammad has also joined Heroleads which is a German digital marketing company based in Dubai. Mohammad joined them in a very early stage and he was the first one to be hired since the company launched. A present, Mohammad is currently working as Products Manager, and he succeeded to increase the number of clients from 3 to 100 clients in less than three years.