IJNet Arabic’s Mentoring Center for MENA Media Startups


Media entrepreneurs in the Middle East and North Africa have a new opportunity to take their digital projects to the next level.

IJNet's Arabic channel will launch its second mentoring program for individuals and organizations with startup media projects in the Middle East and North Africa. In 2014, seven mentees grew their digital media projects in Oman, Tunisia, Egypt and Morocco with the help of mentors and media trainers Ali Ghamloush and Ahmed Esmat.

This year, the project will pair eight mentees with two mentors for eight months, equipping the participants with the business, digital- and mobile-media skills and strategies needed to help their startups thrive.

Beginning in July 2015, mentees and mentors will create action plans and schedule virtual and in-person meetings to address key areas of development and ensure the growth and sustainability of the startups.

Applicants must already be working on their digital- or mobile-media startup that targets Arabic-speaking audiences in MENA. Women are strongly encouraged to apply.

Mentees will invest about five hours per week in the mentoring project. Other commitments will include:

  • Participating in at least three online meetings with all of the program’s mentors and mentees to discuss common challenges and possible solutions

  • Meeting the mentor in person in the mentee’s home country

  • Producing at least four blog posts for IJNet Arabic about the mentoring experience – lessons learned, new skills and tools applied, challenges

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