Jordan, Syria’s resource-poor neighbor, has opened Oasis500, the Arab world’s first and largest tech start-up accelerator. It is one of the few avenues available to Syrian entrepreneurs for starting over.
For Judy Samakie, 27, the idea of Jordan’s Oasis500 tech start-up accelerator — which guarantees safe passage into Jordan for Syrians with viable business ideas — initially sounded too good to be true. She joined Oasis500, in Amman, after her friend Mohannad Ghashim called her from Jordan, explaining that investors would offer her about $14,000 in exchange for a 20 percent equity stake in a start-up. She is now running an online business called ShopGo, which delivers health foods to client's homes. Javier Manzano/For The Washington Post Buy Photo