Who we are ?
Open startup is an organization aspiring to bridge the gap between the educational system and the entrepreneurial ecosystem by connecting aspiring students and fresh graduates to entrepreneurship stakeholders, strengthening the ties between public and private actors, disseminating the entrepreneurship culture, and collaborating with international pioneers to cultivate programs, communities, and thriving changemakers.
At OST, we believe that outlasting change starts at the heart of the educational system. Thus, our mission is to disseminate a strong entrepreneurial culture and training across high potential multidisciplinary students, fresh graduates, and faculty teaching entrepreneurship. We aim at expanding across the region to help foster a strong cross-disciplinary entrepreneurial ecosystem centered around universities and expanding to the public and the private sectors both nationally and internationally.
An educational system that is open and connected to a strong support structure for aspiring students and fresh graduate entrepreneurs across the region through national and international networks enabling a strong bridge between North Africa, the Middle East, the Sub-saharan region, Europe, and the US.
Empowering a strong networked community of aspiring and experienced individuals and moral entities exchanging knowledge, opportunities and building communities of change-makers crafting a better alternative future for the world.
Where we exist
OPEN STARTUP INTERNATIONAL IS AN ORGANIZATION THAT PROVIDES A PLATFORM FOR INNOVATION AND CAPACITY BUILDING THROUGH ENTREPRENEURIAL EDUCATION AND CROSS-CULTURAL EXCHANGES BETWEEN THE United States AND STARTUP ECOSYSTEMS IN EMERGING MARKET
At OST, we aim at creating a regional program that helps build an entrepreneurship ecosystem around the university, allowing youth (especially students and fresh graduates) to venture into entrepreneurship while having access to all the resources needed to thrive. To do that, we developed programs that target different segments and operate at different levels of the education system, building a platform that reunites a strong community of youth across the MEA region:
Want to know more about our Impact? Check out our Impact report.
The survey is conducted on a yearly-basis and includes openers of all previous editions excluding the cohort of the current year (considered too early to assess the impact on their progress). The following report studies the Impact on OST 1, OST 2, OST 3, OST 4 and OSTX first edition.
In order to do that, we divided our actions on 4 strategic goals:
Connect: A community is by definition connected, the purposes of the upcoming actions are to bring together, connect, and to establish links as well as in between the community members and the ecosystem to help it grow.
Educate: The goal is to offer structured and effective ways to develop the groups capacities and skills, and maintain their evolvement.
Engage: The goal is to make the community actively involved and more committed to the program by having more leads, improving brand loyalty and increasing member retention.
Promote: The goal is to support, actively encourage and ensure visibility to the community