Street Sports Incubator is the achievement that resulted from the effective collaboration between JYIF and GAME.
SSI aims to equip youth with the required business knowledge and life skills, in order to boost their
journey towards entrepreneurship and enhance their opportunities of employment. Further, the SSI project provides seed funds to projects related to sports, which gives the chance for youth to achieve their ambition and foster a healthy lifestyle. Read more about the SSI Project here.
The first cycle of the Street Sports Incubator (SSI) was indeed a great success, demonstrating the project’s significance and potential. The SSI is the first sports incubator of its kind in the Middle East, and its success has been recognized globally. In 2019, the SSI was selected as one of the 29 shortlisted entries out of more than 300 worldwide for the Awards Beyond Sport Global Awards in the “Sport for Decent Work and Economic Growth Award” category.
The first cycle of the SSI took place between March and September 2019 and incubated 16 projects. The “Attract” event, which marked the beginning of the program, was held at ZINC-King Hussein Business Park from March 21-23. This event hosted 45 participants from different governorates of Jordan in which they had the opportunity to improve their project ideas and present their proposals to a judging committee of experienced entrepreneurs and businessmen. The judges selected 16 projects for incubation (8 start-ups and 8 initiatives).
Street Sports Incubator In Numbers
|40%||The percentage of females who participated in the Attract Event|
|45||Participants in The Attract Event|
|16||Team winning the first pitching for Incubation|
|6||Team Winning Final Pitching for Incubation|
The chosen participants went through six months of intensive training sessions and seminars to improve their knowledge and skills in business, such as finance, marketing, IT, and legal aspects. They also learned about leadership and interpersonal skills to develop their soft skills and social skills, empowering them to build and maintain relationships. Additionally, the participants went through one-to-one mentorship sessions to develop their business plans and align their projects with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, ensuring that their projects are eco-friendly and green.
At the end of the training period, the participants presented their developed project ideas based on the learnings they gained through the training sessions. They presented a more detailed business plan in front of the judges for evaluation and selection. The judging committee selected six projects among the presented ones, which were three initiatives and three start-ups.
The winners of the initiatives celebrated their success under the patronage of his excellency the Minister of the Youth Dr. Mohammad Abu-Romman, and his excellency minister of Digital Economy and Entrepreneurship Eng. Muthanna Al-Ghraybeh for the start-up’s winners. The winners also received their seed funds to boost the beginning of their journey in the entrepreneurship world. They were also given an insightful manual to support and guide them through solving any upcoming financial problems in their businesses.
Meet the winners of SSI First Cycle
Omran Saimeh for Allympia Courts startup
PARKOMAN is a project for teaching Parkour and calisthenics sports. The foundation of qualified clubs, starting in Aqaba
Governorate, providing locations for teaching this sport. The main aim of this project is to develop parkour and calisthenics sports in the Kingdom of Jordan. After the establishment of the first club in Aqaba, the goal is to open more clubs and spread the idea and the sport widely across Jordan.
Omran Al-shabatat, Tareq Ababneh, and Ahmad-Qishawi for PARKOMAN Startup
This start-up creates videos of tourist places for people who have street sports skills. These videos highlight the right places to do sports and are meant to motivate viewers to practice in the right places.
This project’s goal is to motivate people to do more sports in the appropriate places. It also aims for these videos to spread out and reach many people in order to influence them.
Mohammad Ashraf for Yalla Sport Startup
Situated in Jerash Governorate, Jordan, the Hajareen initiative aims to provide a safe place for children (ages between 7 -14) with an interest and passion for sports, specifically football. This project builds on the concept of gender equality and emphasizes the children’s right to participate in sports activities.
This project’s goal is to raise awareness about gender equality issues in sports and the promotion of competition and social inclusion.
Anas Sayl Mohammad Zayadneh for Hajareen Initiative
This project aims to provide a safe space for underprivileged children in Al-zarqa’a governorate, Jordan. This is done by creating public, outdoor sports areas for children. The focus will be on the following three sports: Football can be played on dirt courts, while table tennis and self-defense can be practiced in safe yards of licensed associations in the area. Additionally, sports tournaments will be organized. The goal of this project is to create safe areas for all children and at the same time promote sports culture among children.
Qais Fakhri Mohamad Jaber For Peace From Little Feet Initiative
This project works towards Societal inclusion of disabled people through sports activities. This project introduces sport in disability centers. There is currently a lack of sports options for disabled people. These efforts are mainly directed at male and female children ages between 6 – 18. The goals of this project are two-fold. Firstly, parents should be encouraged to sign their children up for centers that offer suitable services and activities. Secondly, the project aims to achieve inclusion. Disabled children learn to take part in sports activities which enables them to experience integration through sport with non-disabled people. Including them in sports events will reduce barriers and limitations for disabled youth and enhance their engagement in the community. Additionally, the community’s acceptance of disabled people increases
Amani Attallah Ibrahim Al-shabattat, Rania Attallah Ibrahim Al-shabattat, and Ikhlas Attallah Ibrahim Al-shabattat for Integration of sports in disability Centers Initiative
The success of the SSI first cycle is a testament to the project’s importance and potential. The SSI empowered youth to achieve their entrepreneurial dreams and contribute to the economic growth of Jordan. We look forward to seeing even more success from the SSI in the years to come.