Recently, 5 Syrian startups took the stage in Amsterdam at the SPARK Ignite Conference during the conclusion phase of a pitch competition Startup Roadshow to showcase their ideas. The competition was organised by Dutch NGO and accelerator SPARK, and Jusoor, an NGO created by a group of expatriate Syrians, along with Startup Without Borders, a platform which connects migrant and refugee entrepreneurs to business developers in order to scaleup their business.
Valentina Primo, founder and CEO at Startups Without Borders exclusively informed Silicon Canals, “It’s a platform for refugees and entrepreneurs. We keep talking about the startup ecosystem, the Dutch startup ecosystem, the Italian, the Egyptian startups, but we don’t have a startup ecosystem for people who have no hope for the refugees for the migrant. And, you know, talent has no nationality. So why are we limiting talent to the country where they’re from, right?”