Forbes - As part of the Forbes Under 30 Summit EMEA’s Service Day, Forbes 30 Under 30 honorees from all over the world engaged with Palestinian tech entrepreneurs to help accelerate the Palestinian entrepreneurial scene



Entrepreneurs in Rawabi for the Forbes Under 30 Summit EMEA.

RAWABI, APRIL 6, 2017 -  On April 5, 2017, Forbes led a conclave of some of the world’s top young entrepreneurs to Rawabi, a brand-new city designed to become a hub for Palestinian entrepreneurs, to meet local tech founders under the mission of fostering business collaboration in order to help advance co-existence.  The excursion into Rawabi was part of Forbes Under 30 Summit EMEA’s “Service Day,” a program in partnership with The Pratt Foundation designed to give back to the local community.

“The city of Rawabi is a massively ambitious and optimistic project,” said Randall Lane, Forbes magazine Editor and creator of the Forbes Under 30 franchise.  “Our goal with Service Day was to start a dialogue between top young international entrepreneurs and Palestinian tech entrepreneurs and leave this region better than we found it.”

More than 50 entrepreneurs and game-changers from 20 different countries heard presentations from a group of 60 Palestinian tech entrepreneurs, ranging from the founders of NIMD and Baskalet to Mashvisor and Asal Technologies. The discussion between the two groups revolved around possible partnerships to accelerate the Palestinian entrepreneur scene and culminated in a lunch under a Bedouin tent overlooking the entire valley.

Rawabi was the vision of Bashar Masri who, with the continued support of the international community, created a unique city with world-class infrastructure and a tech hub.

“In 2007, we began with a vision to build Rawabi into a city that would create a better life for our people and also serve as a tech destination for the business community,” said Bashar Masri, Founder of Rawabi. “By bringing in groups like the Forbes 30 Under 30 honorees, we hope to foster partnerships between Palestinian tech entrepreneurs and our international peers.  We can help and learn from each other and together further the common cause of the betterment of society.”

Forbes’ “Service Day” in Rawabi was a collaboration between Forbes and The Portland Trust, which promotes co-existence and stability between Israelis and Palestinians through economic development.

“Rawabi serves as an example of a tremendous impact investment with significant benefits on Palestinian society,” said Sir Ronald Cohen, Founder of The Portland Trust.  “If you want to have impact, you need scale.  If you think big, there’s that much more you can achieve.  By bringing groups like the Forbes 30 Under 30 honorees together with Palestinian entrepreneurs, we hope to encourage talented business minds to think big together.”

For the Forbes Under 30 Summit EMEA, held in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, April 2-6, Forbes convened more than 700 of the world’s most influential young entrepreneurs from the U.S., Europe and Israel, as culled from Forbes’ 30 Under 30 lists. At the summit, Forbes featured panels, interviews, performances, product demos and keynote addresses, showcasing the most cutting-edge innovators and disruptors, and provided mentorship from successful business leaders.  To view the agenda and full speaker line-up, please visit:


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