For Applicants

Japan Gaza Innovation Challenge

Gaza Entrepreneur Challenge 2016 (GEC)

Application Guideline

  • Application period:

Mon, June 27 ~ Sun, July 31, 2016

  • Overview of GEC
1)   Targeted area Gaza Strip, Palestine
2)   Targeted applicants ·  Any youths who seek to start a business in Gaza

*Majority of the team members needs to be female.

3)   Project period ·  Gaza Entrepreneur Challenge: August 10 and 11, 2016 (from 8:30 ~ 18:00, subject to change)

·  Support for the selected teams: August ~ December, 2016

4)   Objectives ·  Bring hope to Gaza by incubating startups

·  Create platform of donation and investment in order to improve people’s life in Gaza

5)   Goals 2016:

1. Incubate/support a startup as a pilot project

2. Understand how/what we can support

Mid to Long term:

1. Create a scheme to incubate/support startups for “Life Improvement” of Gazan people

2. Assist to establish around five startups in a year


Phase 1: Gaza Entrepreneur Challenge 2016

Date: August 10 and 11, 2016

Venue: UNRWA’s Khan Younis Training College (KYTC) in Gaza

Detailed Schedule:


<Day 1> August 10 (Wed)
08:30 Doors open, Networking Breakfast
09:30 Initroduction of The GEC
09:45 Opening Remark
10:00 Panel discussion ~tips to start and scale up business~
11:00 Tea Break
11:30 World Cafe
13:30 Lunch Break
14:30 Evaluation Criteria and Advice to improve the submitted proposals
16:00 Key Note Speech
 17:30 Announcement for Day 2


<Day 2> August 11 (Thu)
08:00 Doors open, Networking Breakfast
 9:00 1st Round of the Business Contest
11:00 Annoucement of Results and Evaluation
11:30 Long Lunch Break (Networking and preparations for the final round)
13:30 Final Round of the Business Contest
16:30 Announcement of the Winner and Advice for All Teams
17:30 Closing Remarks

Award for the Winner:

  • US$10,000 (Could be split into several teams. Could be provided by several times, depending on cash flow forecast of the winners.)
  • Management support from JGIC Japan; Business Network with Japanese business owners and investors, consulting service, etc.
  • Invitation to Japan tour, depending on the political situation. (A networking fair with Japanese investors, and business owners/entrepreneurs, a business training camp for better management, site visits, etc.)


Phase 2: Preparing and Starting a Business

Period: August ~ December, 2016


  • Customize the Japan tour based on requests
  • Introduce investors
  • Support to formalize business ideas and establish companies


Application Process

Targeted Applicants: Youth Generation (Teens to 30s/but not limited to).

<Step 1: Document Selection by GEC>

  • Applicants need to submit business ideas to Japan Gaza Entrepreneur Challenge by 31 July, 2016.
  • The ideas could be any format (Power Point/Keynote Presentation, Word, Pictures, etc.) but should be written in English

Example of contents:

  • Mission, Vision & Values
  • Business Description
  • Management Team
  • Product and/or Service
  • Economic Return
  • Market Analysis
  • Financing
  • Cash Flow Forecast
  • One team might be consisting of around 5 people. Majority of the members needs to be women given unemployment ratio of women is higher than men in Gaza.
    • Each team is required to have at least one person who is able to speak business English for smooth communication with investors, Japanese entrepreneurs, and the project office.
    • Regarding evaluation criteria, the ideas which can contribute to public, social issues, “Life Improvement of Gazan People”, such as heath care, nutrition, sanitation, water management, agriculture, manufacturing, etc. are preferable.
    • GEC will announce the teams which passed the step 1 through its website and emails.


<Step 2: Presentation at the GEC 2016>

  • Selected teams need to join the GEC 2016 which will be held on August 10 and 11 (Maximum 10 teams are selected and announced by August5 ).
  • The most evaluated idea will be awarded.
  • The ideas will be evaluated/judged by Mr. A Seita, Director of UNRWA Health Department, Mr. S. Yonekura, Professor of Hitotsubashi Univ., etc.


Please apply from here

Please see here for Sample Application

* Applicants are allowed to add any information, descriptions, data, charts, graphs etc. as needed.

* For any questions, please email us