Startup With Purpose is a non-profit organization aimed at facilitating entrepreneurial opportunities for youth in the Middle East. Founded in the Fall of 2016 by students from the University of California, Berkeley, Startup with Purpose encourages entrepreneurial activity for young entrepreneurs ages 16-24 through various channels including online videos, semester-long entrepreneurship courses at high schools, and more intensive week-long University programs. Startup With Purpose programs are based on the Berkeley Method of Entrepreneurship, developed by professors at the University of California, Berkeley, where participants build upon ideas which have the potential to become real ventures.
The objective of a Startup with Purpose program is simple: create a product or service that is both useful and scalable. Participants are encouraged to form intellectually diverse teams to identify a specific problem or opportunity and build a commercially scalable product or service that would provide a solution to that problem or fulfil that opportunity. Throughout the University Program, participants will have the opportunity to attend lectures from leading academics in the field of entrepreneurship from the University of California, Berkeley, Stanford University, and other top-tier institutions in the US, Europe, and Middle East. In addition, participants will also have access to mentorship from regional and global business leaders. Ultimately all programs culminate in a “pitch day,” where representatives from each team have the opportunity to present their ideas and companies to a panel of judges comprised of industrial experts and venture capitalists.
It is our intent that Startup With Purpose participants go on to not only found successful companies, but also lead productive regional and global initiatives, and add value to society with the best of their capabilities. We hope to eventually interact all aspiring entrepreneurs, whether they be a high school student, a university student, a refugee, a male or a female, so that we can all Startup With Purpose.