The European Union and Orange Jordan signed a €7.3 million agreement to create a new Innovation Space that promotes private sector-led innovation and digital economy in Jordan.
The EU-funded Innovation Space is a pioneering initiative in Jordan and a one-stop-shop for digital innovation and entrepreneurial support. It will introduce digital culture to the wider Jordanian public, foster digital skills, especially among women and youth, and promote and nurture entrepreneurship by identifying key opportunities for digital economic growth. The Innovation Space is co-funded by the EU’s “Innovation for Enterprise Growth and Jobs” programme, also known as Innovate Jordan.
The Innovation Space will utilize and expand existing digital centres affiliated with Orange Jordan, to catalyse investments to ensure that Jordan’s nascent digital economy and innovation culture mature. The project also aims at boosting social inclusion, with a special attention to women and youth.
Twenty-three digital centres across Jordan will be renovated or established, as well as five new coding academies, five new FabLabs, five new BIG (Start-ups’ Growth Accelerators), three new incubators across the country and an aggregating Innovation Hub at Orange Digital Village in Eastern Amman .
The execution of this three-year project will start this year.