Entrepreneurs Programme

Below is the case study for TeamStart business start-up training in Palestine.

Project nameTeamStart
Date case study completedJan-11
Contact for more informationJerry Marshall
For more information on this project contact the TBN office at info@tbnetwork.org
Background, purpose and progress to date
What was the problem / opportunity?High unemployment, thought to be 50% among graduates; movement controls making physical exports difficult; and a lack of hope. But good education especially in business and IT and a rich Israeli potential market.
What is the ProjectÕs vision?Encourage the development of high potential technology based businesses, with links to Israeli technology companies
How is this vision to be achieved?Through a programme called TeamStart which has proved successful in Northern Ireland and Coventry. This programme includes carefully managed recruitment; a group phase with 10 training days developing practical entrepreneurial skills and bringing potential teams together to work on business opportunities; and a mentoring phase.
What progress has been made to date?Funds were secured from the British Consulate in Jerusalem via MercyCorps and a partnership forged with the Palestine ICT Incubator (PICTI) in Ramallah. Three Palestinians were trained in the TeamStart methodology in Coventry in August 2008. The programme was then adapted to the local situation and three programmes have been run in Ramallah in 2009 and 2010, and one in Gaza in 2010.
When will the project be self funding, i.e. cost covered by earned income?The aim is create viable high potential businesses but the programme itself is unlikely to be self funding.
What has been the direct and indirect impact of the project to date?PICTI helped fund 6 businesses, one from each of the the Ramallah programmes. All are doing well, one very well. However, other participants have not been tracked.
Specifically, how many FTE jobs have been created or sustained? 3 jobs on team and 15 in the 6 companies selected for support. Number of jobs created by other participants is not known.
How much direct and indirect investment has been made to date?Approx £150k
Lessons learned
What lessons have been learned? What do you know now that you wish you knew at the outset?
  • Explore opportunity with different potential partners for one to come good and don't give up Ð took several years to get this off the ground!
  • TeamStart relies on stretching and actively mentoring all participants; without close monitoring delivery organisations can revert to traditional up front teaching.
Expansion and replication
What are your plans to expand or replicate the project?We would like to continue and extend the programme in 2011 but this is subject to funding.
How many FTE jobs do you expect to have created or sustained in 3 years?30 new businesses employing an average 5 people each plus 6 staff = 156
What help do you need to achieve your goals?Further funding to continue and replicate. Links to Israeli technology companies and business people.
Could this project be replicated by others elsewhere? What would be needed to do this?TeamStart could benefit other countries where there is reasonable IT infrastructure and education, and can be especially valuable in post conflict situations. Main need is for funding for a pilot programme.
Are there documents to aid replication in the resource library?Yes, info pack, candidate selection form / criteria, presentations used to train the Palestinian team, etc. are in the library projects section.

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