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Amazingly, it has more than doubled in size since I visited in 2016. In addition to admitting a larger cohort of startups, Gaza Sky Geeks has started a freelance community and a coder program. The budget of $400,000 has swelled to $900,000. I saw an office with a few dozen people. These days, there are more than 120 people there on a daily basis, and all of its programs must turn away applicants.

“I’m a big believer that if you grow a business somewhere, you’ll create jobs and you’ll create hope,” says Altaharwi, the Acceleration Program Officer.