Corporate Entrepreneurship Responsibility
Zain Innovation Campus (ZINC)
Considered a landmark in the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Jordan, Zain Innovation Campus (ZINC) left a mark on every entrepreneur who visited it and contributed in turning an innovative idea to a sustainable project that benefits the local community, whereas ZINC played an major role in supporting youth, as it became a first choice to be selected by startups in the kingdom, and the destination for entrepreneurial ideas, and the house that hold various events and sessions that highlight the most important issues of concern to youth and entrepreneurs.
ZINC launched many programs and initiatives that contributed to supporting the entrepreneurial ecosystem and developing it, and to support Jordanian youth in achieving their aspirations. The highlight of these programs was "Zain AlMubadara" that targets entrepreneurs and startups, where ZINC launched the fourth version of the program, and received more than 600 innovative ideas from various governorates of the Kingdom, 78 of them qualified for the final stage, and 21 announced winners receive prizes with a total amount of 126 thousand JDs, in addition to obtaining in-kind support from ZINC for a full year, which will ensure the sustainability of these projects.
Zain Jordan recently celebrated the 5-year anniversary of the inauguration of ZINC as the first entrepreneurial incubator and startup enabler established in the Kingdom, where it had inaugurated its first branch on the twelfth of November 2014, and the number of its visitors reached more than 165 Thousand by the end of 2019, including 18,592 visitors during 2019. Moreover, the number of events held by the platform since its inception until were more than 4,000 events and activities, where more than 520 events were held during the year 2019.
ZINC held many sessions for youth with a group of Jordanian and international personalities, including: Major General Pilot Yousef Al-Hunaity, Director of Public Security Major General Fadel Al-Hamoud, former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Judeh, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Elia Nuqul Foundation and Deputy Chairman of Nuqul Transport Board, Ghassan Nuqul, a spokeswoman for the British government in the Middle East and North Africa, Alison King and others.
During 2019, ZINC signed 18 new agreements and Memorandums of Understanding with a group of startups, to support them and enable them to grow, develop and expand their business, including: “Sadeq Application”, “Open Close”, “POKE” and “Petfiesta”, bringing the total number of startups supported by ZINC to 157 companies and projects, in addition to another 18 new strategic partnerships were held with global, Arab and local entities and institutions, bringing the number to 120 strategic partners for the platform.
To spread and promote entrepreneurial awareness among college students, ZINC continued to expand and open branches in Jordanian universities, in addition to its branches in the University of Jordan, Yarmouk University and the Hashemite University; ZINC inaugurated two new branches during the year 2019 in two universities Mutah in Karak and Al-Balqa Applied Governorate in Al Balqa governorate, so the total number of ZINC branches across the Kingdom reached 8 branches.