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$245,756

259% of $95,000 goal

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Raised by 516 donors

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Our campaign was extended + match pool increased! FINAL chance to help us launch Gaza’s first coding academy. Only $24.2K left to go!

Support from match donors like these is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Gaza’s tech sector. Help us make the most of it.

Tech leaders from around the world have united to #PowerUpGazaGeeks:

  • Marc Benioff
  • DASH Ventures
  • Paul Graham
  • Fadi Ghandour
  • Gisel Kordestani
  • Christopher Schroeder
  • Wojciech Burkot
  • Obi Felten
  • Zubair Khan
  • Bank of Palestine
  • Arab Palestinian Investment Company
  • Skoll Foundation
  • Brad Feld
  • Badr Jafar
  • Zohre Elahian
  • Freada Kapor Klein
  • Mitch Kapor
  • Dave McClure
  • Eric Ries
  • Samih Toukan
  • Zahi Khouri
  • Blaise Agüera y Arcas
  • Hala Fadel
  • Usama Fayyad
  • Linda Mason
  • Khailee Ng
  • And more

Every dollar you give will be matched (max $147k)

Your support for Gaza’s pioneering geeks IS PHENOMENAL! We’ve almost raised enough to launch the coding academy. On top of that, new supporters reached out to offer to match donations!

The campaign is being extended by 2 more weeks to harness your support and reach the goal. Let’s launch Gaza’s first coding academy!

This is a hugely important investment that will empower us to fuel our own futures. Our match donors are waiting to see what we can achieve. Let’s do it. Please tell all your friends to donate now + get matched!

Gaza Sky Geeks is a leading frontier market tech hub

We enable Gaza’s most talented youth to earn an income through the power of the internet. We aim to turn Gaza – one of the toughest places in the world – into an internationally competitive tech hub. 

WHY LAUNCH A CODING ACADEMY

Launching a coding bootcamp will deepen existing developer talent, grow a pipeline of new talent, and inspire more Gazans to learn to code.

Gaza’s geeks are isolated. Gaza has a pool of passionate, skilled developers working in outsourcing, freelancing, and startups. But after more than a decade of isolation, we have few full-stack developers in Gaza who are fully up to date the latest engineering trends. Even in the tech sector, knowledge transfers best through in-person communities – not the internet alone. 

The whole world is thirsty for more tech talent. With Gaza’s tech sector picking up pace – and the global tech sector hungry for talent – now is the time to grow the number of people studying coding. We’ll connect these new developers to jobs in Gaza with our startups or local tech companies, as well as remote/freelancing/outsourcing jobs.

People in Gaza learning how to code

A coding curriculum would bring the latest trends in software development to Gaza. We would recruit staff trained abroad to teach a full stack, cloud technologies, and DevOps / continuous deployment. We’d also teach the management skills and culture that are critical to shipping software products.

Our academy would inspire more Gazans to learn to code. Establishing a coding bootcamp would evangelize the field of software engineering at a larger level. Even Gazans not attending the academy would be inspired to study engineering in college or teach themselves to code. Gazan parents are unaware of startups and the tech industry. They often discourage their children from studying software engineering in school. The presence of a coding academy would change that.

Our academy would become self-sustainable. $175K could cover startup, program, and operations costs for our first cohort of 25 students. We’ll experiment with a tuition recovery model: graduates will pay back their tuition after they get paid employment.

What your donation can do

Your donation could provide:

$1000 = 1 WEEK coding bootcamp for 1 student
$500 = ½ WEEK coding bootcamp for 1 student
$250 = 1 DAY coding bootcamp for 1 student
$50 = ½ DAY coding bootcamp for 1 student

Note: The full $175K cost of launching a coding academy includes overhead. Startups and their supporting organizations need to be nimble and pivot according to opportunities, challenges, and lessons they learn on an ongoing basis. In addition, Gaza is a quickly-changing environment. The costs and goals we’ve described reflect our plans given our experience to-date and our upcoming goals. Your donation will empower us to build Gaza’s tech sector; we reserve the right to adjust the specific use as needed to ensure that your donation has the biggest impact possible.

Youth working at Gaza Sky Geeks

YOU HELPED US GET A GENERATOR & double our co-working space hours!

Gaza is currently going through a major fuel and electricity crisis. On average we now receive four non-consecutive hours of electricity per day, some of our neighborhoods only get one hour. (We used to get eight-hour cycles) In a crunch, we charge our phones and laptops with car batteries, but such methods are unreliable and not scalable and the problem is chronic. So that startup founders and freelancers can compete at an international level, we need to reliably power up our laptops and mobile phones and access internet and light for at least 12 hours each day, every day of the week.

Geeks in Gaza without electricity are coding in the dark

At Gaza Sky Geeks, we have a co-working space that hosts startup founders and freelancers under one roof to share ideas, build companies, code, and geek out! Our generator supplies reliable electricity so that our community can access the internet.

But we close evenings and weekends because we cannot afford to fuel the generator or staff the space. We also lack the generator capacity needed to run heaters in the winter and air conditioners in the summer.

Our geeks want to work longer hours to build globally competitive businesses. That means buying the fuel and generator we need to operate a safe and comfortable co-working space that stays open evenings and weekends. Thanks to you, we can now do that!

With $95k we can now procure a generator, fuel, and staff to double our co-working space open hours for the next three years:

$24kGenerator purchase & maintenance ($12k generator + $4k/year maintenance)
$40kFuel to extend our hours to include evenings & weekends ($13k/year)
$45kStaff to extend our hours to include evenings & weekends ($15k/year)

Thank you for your help to #PowerUpGazaGeeks!­­

Note: The amounts above include overhead costs. The costs and goals we’ve described reflect our plans given our experience to-date and our upcoming goals. Your donation will empower us to build Gaza’s tech sector; we reserve the right to adjust the specific use as needed to ensure that your donation has the biggest impact possible.

We’re harnessing the internet to build a bright future

We live in isolation and instability. Gaza’s borders are closed, unemployment is at a record high, and because of the current electricity crisis, we only get four hours of power per day. Instability is always a possibility due to the region’s politics. There have been three devastating conflicts in the past seven years.

The internet gives us the opportunity to join the global digital economy. The growing tech sector is a bright spot in Gaza. Startup founders, outsourcing companies, and freelancers are building enterprises that service external markets. They are creating high paying in-demand jobs that are less affected by local instability and border restrictions.

In addition to creating jobs, we are growing Gaza’s future leaders. We provide the infrastructure, training, networks, and funding that these pioneering developers need to succeed. On top of that, we nurture a supportive community of innovators and entrepreneurs whose optimism is infectious. It is this vibrant community that inspires new founders and gives existing ones the resilience to carry forward.

Infographic showing the challenges and opportunities in Gaza

Tech connects the world. Startups, outsourcing, and freelancing are inherently global. Our geeks are hungry to engage with their peers and role models around the globe. This is most powerful when it happens offline as well as online – which is why we bring international mentors to Gaza and take our startup founders on trips abroad too.

An inspiring tech hub beating the odds

Gaza Sky Geeks is one of the top startup incubators and tech education hubs in a frontier market. Founded with seed funding from Google.org in 2011, we are a part of Mercy Corps, a trusted steward of funds from a variety of international donors. We are one of only two Google for Entrepreneurs partners in the Middle East. In 2016, we were honored to receive Google for Entrepreneurs’ annual citizenship award, voted by the partner network – over 50 tech hubs and entrepreneurship support organizations around the world – for “pursuing an audacious path, truly excelling in supporting and empowering entrepreneurs to build amazing things.”

Our crowdfunding campaign two years ago saved Gaza Sky Geeks. Since then, we have not only delivered on our commitments – we’ve surpassed them. 

Since 2014, we've secured 7 investment offers for our startups, brought 100+ international mentors to Gaza, taken 22 Gazan geeks abroad, and more.

Read more about our achievements from the past two years.

Women in Gaza being mentored

Testimonials
Our Partners

Our partners and individual donors are a key part of our success.  Since 2014, we’ve aligned partnerships with Google for Entrepreneurs, Microsoft, Techstars Foundation, Vitol Foundation, Skoll Foundation, PalTel Foundation, Bank of Palestine, Bayt.com, Asfari Foundation, and others. Combined, these have provided us with nearly 50% of the budget we need – a strong foundation. They have also served as advisers, continuously helping us strengthen our strategy.

Generous supporters have rallied to match your donations now:


Marc Benioff: Founder, Chairman, and CEO, Salesforce
Skoll Foundation
Brad Feld: Managing Director, Foundry Group
Paul Graham: Co-Founder, Y Combinator
Eric Ries: Entrepreneur, blogger, and author of The Lean Startup
Dave McClure: Founding Partner, 500 Startups
Fadi Ghandour: Co-Founder, Aramex
Badr Jafar: CEO, Crescent Enterprises
Hala Fadel: Partner, Leap Ventures
Jon Bradford: Co-Founder of F6S and Tech.eu
Freada Kapor Klein: Partner, Kapor Capital
Mitch Kapor: Partner, Kapor Capital
Zahi Khouri: Founder, Chairman, and CEO – National Beverage Company – Coca Cola Palestine
Samih Toukan: Chairman of Jabbar, Co-Founder of Maktoob and Souq
Blaise Aguera y Arcas: Principal scientist, Google
Mustafa Sezgin: Head of Engineering in Amsterdam, Uber
Khailee Ng: Managing Partner, 500 Startups
Jenny Lawton: COO, Techstars
David Cohen: Co-Founder, Techstars

And more...


Christopher Schroeder: Investor and author
Gisel Kordestani: COO, Crowdpac
Hussain Al-Shorafa: Co-Founder, Second Act
Zohre Elahian: Co-Founder and Board Member, Global Catalyst Foundation
Zoe Adamovicz + the Neufund Team
Krista Marks: CEO, Woot Math
Anonymous: Venture capitalist

WE NEED YOU

We need to move fast. We just began incubating this year’s cohort of startups. For these teams to secure investments in 2017, they need to be able to access electricity on nights and weekends as soon as possible. Our growing community of freelancers and outsourcers also need to work longer hours to deliver on their client contracts even as Gaza faces the biggest energy crunch in recent history. Please help power up our geeks so they can compete at a global level!

To build a true tech sector in Gaza, we need to build a movement through supporters like you from around the globe. This is a long-term mission that will take all of us to succeed. In addition to funding, our entrepreneurs and developers will need mentorship, board members, investors, job opportunities, and more. When you contribute to this campaign, you unlock the potential of young people in one of the toughest parts of the world.

OUR STARTUPS

Since 2014, we have incubated 35 startups and facilitated investment offers for 11 teams. Our startups are like those anywhere in the world. A few examples:

  • Zumrod logo

    Zumrod: E-commerce platform for premium health and beauty products targeting Saudi women

  • Dietii logo

    Dietii: Health and fitness application providing localized food recommendations for Arab women

  • MockApp logo

    Mockapp: A B2B app for professional designers to create prototypes, share, and manage projects

  • 5QHQH logo

    5QHQH: The 9gag.com for the Arab world helps users create and disseminate funny online content

  • Baskalet logo

    Baskalet: Gaming studio that reached 100k downloads in its first week

View all of our startups on our main website.

OUR TRACTION

We’ve stayed busy since our last campaign – and have the results to show for it.

A Gaza startup achieved ½ million users in 3 weeks

Baskalet, a company that builds games based in Arab culture, became our first startup to generate revenue and is now seeking follow-on investment! Contact with international mentors accelerated their growth: they participated in a trip to Sweden sponsored by Klarna and were recently Gaza’s first accepted startup to Blackbox, a bootcamp that brings global startups to Silicon Valley.

Read more...

Image of Baskalet website

Our startups won international competitions

Mockapp, the InvisionApp for the Middle East, won first place early-stage startup during ‘Global Entrepreneurship Week Palestine’ in 2015. 5QHQH, a crowdsourced humor website for Arabs, won second place at a pitch competition in Jordan sponsored by 500 Startups, Microsoft, and Zain. The founders were traveling outside of Gaza for the first time in their lives!

Gazan winner at regional competition

We created Gaza’s only vibrant co-working space – which contributes to our financial self-sustainability

After you helped us maintain a very modest space (a crumbling apartment where we ran workshops in a hallway) we secured funding to move into a space twice its size. Now we run hackathons here and thus save money on renting outside venues. We also host events and rent portions of our space to existing tech companies or freelancers, generating revenue that will soon cover 100% of our rent.

Picture of the GSG co-working space

We cultivated the next generation of women founders – and taught girls how to code

We achieved a women’s participation rate of 50% at our events in 2015, our highest yet! We ran a hackathon with AngelHack which achieved a women’s participation rate of 83%, higher than any other AngelHack hackathon in the globe. We also invested our ‘Entrepreneurs in Residence fellowship in an all-women’s team, launched Gaza Geekettes (the first branch of Geekettes outside Europe and the USA), and began Gaza’s first coding program for girls. And one of our geekettes won the Change Agent award at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing!

Women at GSG

We organized Gaza’s first ever hackathons – on top of the Startup Weekend we promised

We ran our fifth Startup Weekend to inspire hundreds of Gazans to become startup founders. Soon after, we put on our first hackathon with AngelHack to deepen the skills of Gaza’s top developers and engage them with our startups. Nineteen teams produced working demos within 30 hours! Just this month, we organized another hackathon focused on getting more women involved in technology and entrepreneurship. We had 50 female developers and entrepreneurs demo 15 different products after three days of hard work building applications meant to help new mothers, boost women’s self-confidence, and increase access to health resources online.

GSG presentation

We brought 100+ international mentors to Gaza

We brought more experts to Gaza in 2015 and 2016 than any previous years! Mentors support our founders and developers with one-on-one mentorship, workshops, and judging competitions. Some of our visitors include Dave McClure, Kevin Ryan, Kevin Abosch, and Sarah Drinkwater. Most mentors paid their own way to come – thank you for helping Gaza’s geeks!

Mentoring at GSG

We evolved our model, adding an incubation program & freelancing

We are accelerating the development of the tech sector in such a tough part of the world – it’s a road not previously travelled. Like our founders, we have to be entrepreneurial. Our successes have stemmed from continuously running experiments and validating what works. We have added an incubation program that gives founders the knowledge, networks, and funding needed to build prototypes viable for seed investment. We’ve also built a platform (online + offline) to train freelancers so that more Gazans can generate incomes and build their skills through online jobs.

OUR SELF-SUFFICIENCY

We expect to generate $25,000 revenue/year through our space after this campaign. One of our revenue-generation strategies is to rent out seats or rooms from our space to individuals and companies; we also rent out our workshop halls for events. Extended hours, air conditioning, and heating will make it more attractive and increase demand. As a result, the revenue we generate will cover our rent. (We will still depend on you and our other donors to cover the cost of staff and electricity.)

Read more...

We also build sustainability into every other part of our model:

  • Events: Charge tickets & secure sponsorships
  • Incubation: Hold modest equity & deferred rent from startups receiving services
  • Acceleration: Tuition fee paid by angel investors
  • Freelancing: Tuition fee paid back by participants once they are earning an income

Our goal will always be to achieve sustainability and invest back into our operations. We need you to stick with us until we achieve that point. It will take years to build a large volume of companies and employed coders to see a return on the investment we are making into Gaza’s tech sector. Cultivating Gaza’s tech ecosystem is a long-term mission that requires your patient capital combined with local creativity and stamina.

13 January 2016

Today is the LAST DAY to #PowerUpGazaGeeks!

Today is the last day of this 4-week campaign. We’re just $7K away from meeting the new match challenge and $54K to launching our coding academy!* Our match donors are waiting: a successful campaign will also build our credibility with them.

If you’re willing to share one more time with your network, we’ll all be incredibly grateful. You can RT this on Twitter and share this on Facebook.

Also remember to call and text your friends: 43% of donations to this campaign have come from direct personal requests. Approx 23% have come from Facebook and 14% from Twitter. Here’s a breakdown of the stats:

Chart depicting donation clicks by source

Electricity crisis in Gaza is front page news

The crisis which sparked this campaign is now front-page news (click on image to read article):

Reuters: Energy crisis leaves Gaza with barely four hours of power a day

Sending you more smiles!

Working in Gaza isn’t easy. I became Gaza Sky Geeks’ leader because I was inspired by the founders and developers here. Even in these tremendously difficult circumstances, Gaza’s geeks are joking, optimistic, and working hard.

Gaza geeks in HQ

Your funding not only provides us with the opportunity to make a hugely important investment in Gaza’s tech sector, it also gives us a morale boost. THANK YOU!

Ryan + the whole Gaza Sky Geeks team

10 January 2016

We have new match donors… and 4 days left till the end of the campaign!

More famous technologists just threw their support behind Gaza’s geeks as match donors:

  • Marc Benioff, founder and CEO of one of the biggest tech companies in the world (Salesforce)
  • Skoll Foundation
  • Eric Ries, author of one of the most important books in our industry (The Lean Startup) have just joined our match pool!

We’ve only been able to garner their interest because of your strong support. Thanks for creating this movement

We’re in TechCrunch; please share the article!

Marc Benioff tweet about GSG

Let’s launch this coding academy + change lives!

Mustafa holding up a 'you're awesome' sign

Mustafa Dahdouh says that learning how to code changed his life. Let’s change the future for Gaza’s youth by giving more people in this generation this opportunity. THANK YOU FOR BEING AWESOME!

With conviction,
Iliana + the Gaza Sky Geeks team

1 January 2016

Thanks to YOU, we reached our $60K match goal by Dec 31!

We’re absolutely amazed and uplifted by your commitment to Gaza’s geeks. You made astoundingly generous donations to help us hit the $60K match challenge set by tech leaders from around the globe. What a way to start 2017! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Thank you Power Up Gaza Geeks

7 DAYS LEFT to launch Gaza’s first coding academy!

We’re halfway towards our goal of doubling our co-working space hours AND launching Gaza’s first coding academy.* With one week left, your help spreading the word now is more important than ever before.

Pleeeeease do these 4 things ASAP > Gaza’s geeks really need your help!

Crowdfunding only works because of the crowd effect. That means you. If you stick with us now, we truly have a chance to change the future of Gaza’s tech sector. Even if you’ve done this previously, please help again to keep the campaign strong in this home stretch:

  1. Post on Facebook: open this and then click “share”
  2. Post on Twitter: RT this and this
  3. Post on LinkedIn: share this
  4. Send an email to 10 friends: direct requests are the best & your friends may need a nudge! email this

Already your support has led to donations from 26 countries with the US, UK, and UAE in the lead. Approximately 50% of donations have come from direct asks, 23% from Facebook, and 15% from Twitter. Keep it going!

Help us raise a new match pool

We’re raising a new match pool to stimulate the campaign during its home stretch! If you want to contribute or can provide an intro, email Iliana at [email protected] We’re aiming to announce the new match on Monday.

You boost us in many ways

In addition to giving generously & sharing with friends, you have sent encouraging notes. Working in Gaza is tough – really, no joke. 🙂 Your commitment to our bold vision gives us an ongoing boost. (Thanks Ethan!)

Quote from EthanLet’s make this happen!!!

Zahra Shah + the Gaza Sky Geeks team

29 December 2016

With giggles from Gaza (+ 4 days + $8k match left to #PowerUpGazaGeeks!)

Thank you again for your incredible support to the #PowerUpGazaGeeks campaign. It’s off to a very strong start with $52K donated + $52K match = $104K raised!

$8K to go by December 31

Our generous match donors have pooled together $60K if we can raise that amount by December 31. We’re just $8K short to reach that target – and have 4 days left! Could you help by sharing the campaign with your friends?

Share in our Gaza giggles

You’ve heard about our hard work and challenges. I thought you’d enjoy seeing the fun side of Gaza’s geeks too. Here’s a bloopers video that came out of filming the main campaign video – join us for some laughs, and feel free to share this video with your friends too!

Let’s nurture successful companies and smiling people. Happy holidays!

Ryan + the whole Gaza Sky Geeks team

24 December 2016

We hit $95K before Xmas! With 8 days of match left, launch Gaza’s 1st coding school!

Happy holidays! Thanks to you, we hit our $95k goal!

Thanks to your donation and your effort to share the #PowerUpGazaGeeks campaign, we hit our $95K goal in just 10 days. We can now get a generator, fuel, and staff to keep our co-working hub open evenings and weekends – doubling our productivity. We’re celebrating!

Mohammad thanking you for powering up Gaza's geeksHuge thanks from Mohammed Al-Madhoun and everyone else here at Gaza Sky Geeks. You’re giving us the tools we need to fuel our own futures.

We have match funding left! Help us launch a coding academy

Do you think we could raise $175K more? With nearly $12K still left in our match pool that expires on December 31, we’ve got a reason to start quickly. A match from people like Brad Feld, Paul Graham, and Dave McClure is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Gaza’s tech sector. Let’s make the most of it!

Raising $175K would enable us to launch Gaza’s first advanced coding curriculum. This 3-month intense bootcamp will deepen existing developer talent and inspire more youth to learn to code. It’s a hugely important investment for the future of Gaza’s tech sector. See more info and donate at PowerUpGazaGeeks.com.*

And because we’re bold entrepreneurs, we’ve set an uber stretch goal of raising a grand total of $400K to invest in key initiatives – the foundation our founders and developers need to compete regionally:

Goals infographicPost the campaign video on Facebook

Folks are telling us they love seeing this video. It’s usually their first glimpse of Gaza’s geeks. With 21 days left for this campaign, one of the best ways to help is to share the video. Please:

Remember to include a personal message like:

I just donated to support these inspiring startup founders & developers. I’m moved by their resilience and optimism. Please join me to #PowerUpGazaGeeks: WWW.POWERUPGAZAGEEKS.COM

Again, thank you for all your support! We’re blown away and motivated by the response we’ve received. With your help, we can lay the foundation for Gaza’s tech sector’s success.

Wishing you a happy holiday season!

Zahra + everyone at Gaza Sky Geeks

FAQ

We update donations daily by 9AM Pacific Time (for donations made until 11:59PM Pacific Time the day before).

Yes. Your donation will go to Mercy Corps, a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit headquartered in Portland, Oregon. Contributions to Mercy Corps are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. All donors in the United States will receive a tax receipt by mail in the weeks following their contribution.

Gaza Sky Geeks is a program of Mercy Corps. In 2011, Mercy Corps established Gaza Sky Geeks with seed financing from Google.org. Gaza Sky Geeks is a critical part of Mercy Corps’ work to improve people’s lives in the West Bank and Gaza, and in particular, to provide meaningful economic opportunities and futures for young Gazans.

Mercy Corps is a leading global organization powered by the belief that a better world is possible. In disaster, in hardship, in more than 40 countries around the world, we partner to put bold solutions into action—helping people triumph over adversity and build stronger communities from within. Now, and for the future.

Gaza Sky Geeks is a program of Mercy Corps, an international non-governmental organization with decades of experience working in West Bank and Gaza.  People can feel very confident that when they donate to Mercy Corps, we use their donation wisely. Mercy Corps is a trusted steward of funds from a variety of international donors, including the U.S. government, European governments, multinational corporations, charitable foundations, and individuals. Transparency is vital to our operations.

Donors entrust Mercy Corps to use their funds for exclusively non-political humanitarian and development purposes, based on our excellent track record. Charity Navigator rates us 97/100 on accountability and transparency, our audited financial statements are freely available to the public, and external audits of our Gaza programs report no findings. For more information about the internationally-recognized standards of accountability and performance Mercy Corps meets, please visit our website here: www.mercycorps.org/about-us/endorsements.

Mercy Corps’ vetting process is in line with industry best practices. All staff and vendors we work with, as well as startups we incubate or accelerate, pass compliance and eligibility checks to ensure we comply with U.S. anti-terrorism legislation. In addition, when our startup founders and geeks travel outside of Gaza, they undergo clearance through the Israeli government.

We care deeply about the environment and wish we could use solar panels! We hope solar energy is in Gaza Sky Geeks’ future. In the short term, a generator and fuel are the best option for us because:

  • Import restrictions make solar an unreliable option: Items brought in and out of Gaza are subject to restrictions. As a result, panels and maintenance parts may not always be available. Also, solar panels only recently became available in Gaza, which means that maintenance/expertise in solar technology is still nascent.
  • The building we rent cannot accommodate solar: We rent our space and do not have rights to the roof of our building. Even if we did, our building’s roof is covered in water heaters and does not have enough space for the number of solar panels we would need to power a space of our size. Power consistency and ability to meet peak demand is critical when we are running a professional space and charging other companies rent. Due to import restrictions and lack of roof space, we cannot yet guarantee uptime with solar the way we can with a generator.
  • Solar would cost much more: Through an agreement we have with the United Nations, we receive fuel at a 65% discount to market prices, making it significantly cheaper than solar. In addition, solar is a high up-front investment ($20-30k at a minimum).

Mercy Corps has operated safely in the West Bank and Gaza for decades, including both local and international staff. Our security team coordinates closely with authorities to be aware of up-to-date developments.

We have facilitated travel for over 100 mentors to work with our startups in Gaza. If you are selected as a mentor, you will have a chance to speak to our staff and previous mentors so you can ask them about their experiences.

Gaza Sky Geeks is run by Mercy Corps, an international NGO that has decades of experience working in the Palestinian Territories. Mercy Corps coordinates with authorities to obtain permits for entry and exit from Gaza through Israel.

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DONORS

DONATIONS BY DATE AMOUNT

  • $103
    Bo Schack
    Good luck from UNRWA
  • $103
    Nezar Gharbia

  • $51.5
    Jessica Stillman

  • $51.5
    Jamal Khayyat

  • $100
    Tareq Ismail

  • $50
    Anonymous

  • $103
    Scott Ollivier

  • $103
    Saad Ouchkir

  • $51.5
    Cristina Manno

  • $515
    Anonymous

  • $206
    Ahmad Hallak

  • $10.31
    Leonhard Melzer

  • $103
    Mashhood Alam

  • $41.2
    David Spero

  • $103
    Adil Mezghouti

  • $50
    Vahe Akbarian

  • $772.5
    Ali Abuhassan

  • $515
    Ibrahim Husseini

  • $50
    James Stewart

  • $51.5
    Sami Salti

  • $103
    Rahilla Zafar

  • $103
    Mateja Milosavljevic

  • $500
    Erbil Karaman

  • $103
    Rohit Sharma

  • $103
    Anonymous

  • $18.54
    Caroline Morganti
    From an MIT computer science student
  • $103
    Anonymous

  • $103
    Caroline Cracraft

  • $10.3
    Frances Rubenstein

  • $51.5
    Marie Ang

  • $51.5
    Talal Jabari

  • $61.8
    Anonymous

  • $103
    Wei-I Liao

  • $10.3
    Jerry Cao

  • $103
    David Politi

  • $25.75
    Paulina Szyrmer

  • $103
    Arjun Arora

  • $100
    Edmund Hunt

  • $5.15
    Dwi Purnomo

  • $20.6
    Mia Levitt

  • $51.5
    Jonathan Reyles

  • $5.26
    David Lipgens
    Every minute counts!
  • $257.5
    Ali Abukumail

  • $25
    Anonymous

  • $10
    Hassan Jirjawi

  • $257.5
    Neveen Abou-Gharbia

  • $11
    Rafe Husain

  • $265.23
    Neveen Abou-Gharbia

  • $1030
    Rula Atalla

  • $500
    Mahmoud Kaiyal

  • $150
    Karim Bakir

  • $103
    Amr Basha

  • $51.5
    Shams Ahmed

  • $50
    Alan McConchie

  • $30
    Jason Strachan

  • $309
    Amira Dkeidek
    Gift on behalf of my parents
  • $5000
    Di-Ann Eisnor

  • $103
    Issa Dkeidek

  • $10.3
    Joshua Ols

  • $18.54
    Kathryn David

  • $103
    Jay Aronson

  • $1030
    Raed Abdallah

  • $10.3
    Sohail Shaikh

  • $154.5
    Eman Ayyoub

  • $103
    Maruf Yusupov

  • $50
    Anonymous

  • $257.5
    Ramzi Halaby

  • $25.75
    Steve Feld
    No relation to Brad- just a supporter of this worthwhile effort!
  • $515
    Sam Jadallah

  • $515
    Zafer Younis

  • $50
    Matt Oppenheimer

  • $25.75
    Craig T Wood

  • $51.5
    Laura Geesaman

  • $103
    Jennifer Anderson Merchant

  • $257.5
    Wissam Otaky

  • $103
    Anonymous

  • $21.22
    Jon Gaulding

  • $20
    Francois Scharffe

  • $103
    Alan Leite

  • $257.5
    George Kreitem

  • $103
    Raif Harik

  • $25.75
    Adam James Cavallari

  • $10.3
    Anis Bouraba

  • $51.5
    Anon E. Mouse

  • $100
    Philippe Ameline

  • $51.5
    Ertan Dogrultan

  • $100
    Gianluca Dettori

  • $500
    Ossama Hassanein

  • $25000
    Bank of Palestine

  • $11.33
    Nidhal Farhan

  • $20.06
    Anonymous

  • $1000
    Shahid Ahmed

  • $100
    Martin van Wunnik

  • $1030
    Josh McFarland

  • $103
    Min Teo

  • $50
    Stella Frank

  • $51.5
    Niles Lichtenstein

  • $103
    Ivan Santana

  • $1030
    Evan Goldberg

  • $103
    Nathan Black

  • $103
    Faris Alami

  • $53.05
    Carolyn Baker

  • $500
    Ali Alballaa

  • $103
    Doug Carter

  • $51.5
    Rabia Turan

  • $25.75
    Simon Brooke

  • $103
    Basit Tanveer

  • $1000
    Hala Hijazi

  • $51.5
    Ali Berman

  • $50
    Anonymous

  • $50
    Diana Biggs

  • $103
    Fareed Baig

  • $51.5
    Ron Guida

  • $25.75
    Amr Shafik

  • $103
    Kurman Karabukaev

  • $103
    Abdalla Haggag

  • $51.5
    Andrea and Scott Barnett

  • $51.5
    Mohamed Musbah

  • $103
    Khaled Naim

  • $103
    Stuart Gardner

  • $25.75
    Madison Marks

  • $100
    Mary Vargas

  • $5.15
    Oguz Furkan Kaytanci

  • $103
    Ahmed AlJabreen

  • $20.6
    Muhammad Ismail

  • $1000
    Penny Herscher

  • $51.5
    Haseeb Rahman

  • $1030
    Anonymous

  • $103
    Mary Keegin

  • $26
    Alanna Hughes

  • $1000
    Hani Alami

  • $103
    Miqdad Hassan

  • $103
    Alaa Kahel

  • $31
    David Spero

  • $100
    Anand Kulkarni

  • $100
    Liat Aaronson

  • $108
    Tim Neunzig

  • $100
    Craig and Sally Falkenhagen

  • $100
    Terri Khonsari

  • $100
    Anonymous

  • $100
    Anonymous

  • $550
    Anonymous

  • $25
    Nausheen Ali

  • $100
    Anonymous

  • $150
    Mohammad Musa

  • $20
    Sydney Krueger

  • $100
    Bonnie Lai

  • $100
    Anonymous

  • $100
    Nedal Mourad

  • $100
    Fares Ghandour

  • $200
    Anonymous

  • $100
    Mohammad Swaleh

  • $11
    Rafe Husain

  • $100
    Don McCready

  • $100
    Erin Keeley

  • $10
    Anonymous

  • $100
    Anonymous

  • $1000
    Anonymous

  • $10
    Anonymous

  • $5
    Anonymous

  • $500
    Anonymous

  • $5
    Anonymous

  • $500
    Anonymous

  • $51.5
    Beatrice Viramontes

  • $100
    Jennifer Schmidt

  • $62
    James Basili

  • $51.5
    Kenan Colpan

  • $1000
    Anonymous

  • $250
    Ozan Sonmez

  • $200
    Stephen Garrow

  • $500
    Nina Curley

  • $50
    Nausheen Ali

  • $25
    Rebecca Ward

  • $100
    Giles Bowkett

  • $500
    Jonathan Skeet

  • $31
    David Spero

  • $1000
    Anand Kulkarni

  • $50
    Andrea Long

  • $5000
    Anonymous

  • $200
    Elizabeth Shassere

  • $26
    Lamies Alzahrani

  • $50
    Eman Kutubkhana

  • $10
    Anonymous

  • $15
    Maram Nabeel

  • $25
    Lauren Peate

  • $200
    Zachary Cohn

  • $100
    Marilyn Hylton

  • $100
    Azzam Alhaznawi

  • $100
    Shireen Yates

  • $30
    Murtaza Abidi

  • $100
    Justin Hong

  • $250
    Eric VanderSchaaf

  • $25
    Arfah Farooq

  • $100
    Garrett Koehn

  • $50
    Eric Rehm

  • $100
    Juan Bermudez

  • $250
    Jawad Mian

  • $100
    Noor Shawwa

  • $25
    Gina Assaf

  • $100
    Katy Dickinson

  • $100
    Fadi Bishara

  • $100
    Gregory Khalil

  • $25
    Margery Patten

  • $15
    Mario Adame
    For the Yousef family.
  • $100
    Caroline Suni

  • $25
    Michael Holcomb

  • $100
    Jessica Dickinson Goodman
    So proud to help out in a small way!
  • $100
    Yazane Alaily

  • $500
    Grace Said

  • $50
    Saad Yousef

  • $25
    Jim Yamin

  • $100
    Danna Gutman

  • $100
    Bassem Dghaidi

  • $50
    Anonymous

  • $25
    Andy Agnew

  • $100
    Josh Ling

  • $20
    Foaad Khosmood

  • $100
    Dounia Berrada

  • $200
    Mae Ngai

  • $100
    Nirmal Iyengar

  • $50
    Candice Haddad

  • $40
    Jorge Ballesteros

  • $10
    Joshua Ols

  • $100


  • $50
    Tova Scherr
    Great to see GSG growing over the years!
  • $15
    Hannah Lantos

  • $50
    Majdi Jarrar

  • $5
    Dylan Festa

  • $100
    Darshan Patel

  • $200
    Jaseem Hasib

  • $100
    Michael Layne

  • $100
    Freda Zifteh

  • $100
    Kornel Lesinski

  • $300
    Anonymous

  • $100
    Eric Novik

  • $1000
    Ayman Khaleq

  • $25
    Adam Rouhana

  • $50
    Anonymous

  • $50
    Zach Levin

  • $50
    Anonymous

  • $50
    Douglas Sparling

  • $300
    Anonymous

  • $400
    Michael Page

  • $40
    Marios Demetriades

  • $200
    Ahmad Hallak

  • $50
    Gillian Morris

  • $100
    Stephen Sturgill

  • $500
    Omaymah Alwahaibi

  • $100
    Anonymous

  • $35
    May El-Abdallah

  • $20
    Isaac Wilcox
    Keep up the good works!
  • $50
    Carol Hyman

  • $50
    Rachel Whitney

  • $100
    Steve Bosworth

  • $100
    Matthew Rosenberg

  • $100
    Jakub Filipowski

  • $50
    Maciej Miarecki

  • $100
    Christine Sterkel

  • $20
    Björn Wilmsmann

  • $1250
    John Feminella

  • $10
    Joshua Ols

  • $100
    Joseph Damato

  • $50
    Mohammad Abushaaban

  • $100
    Faisal Abidi

  • $75
    Mohammad Bashagha

  • $10
    Ashraf Ali

  • $100
    Paul Cochard-Marchewka

  • $50
    Anonymous

  • $20
    Shahzad Bhatti

  • $20
    Caleb Custer

  • $500
    Anonymous

  • $100
    Zeeshan Mughal

  • $100
    Qazi Jasim

  • $500
    Ned Dwyer

  • $50
    Anonymous

  • $1000
    Richard Greer

  • $30
    Kyra Sturgill

  • $36
    Dan Richman

  • $25
    Crystal Williams

  • $100
    Jayne Hendry

  • $20
    Kendra Black

  • $25
    Vikram Rajagopalan

  • $500
    Anonymous

  • $100
    Rahilla Zafar

  • $100
    Mary Nayak

  • $10
    Matteo Figus

  • $20
    Marcin Kowalski

  • $20
    Eileen Brewer

  • $50
    Sari Taha

  • $50
    Jose Iglesias

  • $19
    Anonymous

  • $15
    Sara Ait Ali

  • $10
    Yoga Prakasa

  • $20
    Karen Courtenay

  • $20
    Jeremy Penrod

  • $100
    Quinetha Frasier

  • $250
    Medea Nocentini
    Great initiative, Well done!
  • $150
    Firouz Naderi

  • $10
    Anonymous

  • $20
    Vikram Rajagopalan

  • $100
    Nathan Hedberg

  • $100
    Gun Denhart

  • $100
    Sarah Bell

  • $25
    Anna Stansbury

  • $100
    Pavel Reppo

  • $50
    Mohamed Khalil

  • $10
    Nawal Abusultan

  • $30
    Helen Snodgrass

  • $18
    Allan Weinberger
    the self-proclaimed “funniest man in Gaza”
  • $100
    Natalie Orr

  • $25
    Blair Glencorse

  • $250
    Matthew Stern

  • $250
    Eamonn Carey

  • $25
    Jessica Albasha

  • $20
    Semih Salihoglu

  • $100
    Ali Qari

  • $100
    Anonymous

  • $250
    Ted McCarthy

  • $20
    Les McCarthy

  • $25
    Shilpa Rupani

  • $50
    Rebecca Donaldson
    Go GSG go!
  • $50
    Elizabeth Reynolds

  • $200
    Carmen Tracey

  • $100
    Vrinda Singh

  • $200
    Robin Raphel

  • $100
    Nicholas Berger

  • $100
    Peter Farah

  • $50
    Pendry Watson

  • $100
    Caroline Cracraft

  • $100
    Amy Davis

  • $50
    Robert Koschig

  • $250
    Jake Cusack

  • $100
    Karen Abuzayd

  • $500
    Carson Eltoukhy

  • $10
    Anonymous

  • $100
    Scott Reich

  • $250
    Joy Portella
    from Minerva Strategies LLC
  • $25
    Jonathan Doster
    Thanks to Jayne for passing along the info. Really cool
  • $75
    Nogah Kornberg

  • $100
    Rabia Cattie

  • $40
    Lynn Garfunkel

  • $250
    Robert Taylor

  • $50
    Hani Anani

  • $100
    Stu Willcuts

  • $250
    Harry Greenhouse

  • $100
    Jane Cooperman
    Best of luck!
  • $50
    Anonymous

  • $100
    Steven Koltai

  • $100
    Jenn Watson

  • $1000
    Fawaz Halazon

  • $150
    Andre Serna
    inspiring
  • $250
    Shahbaz Raheem

  • $250
    Alia Raheem

  • $100
    Mary Upham
    Blessings to all
  • $100
    Janet Bass

  • $50
    Tina Hyde

  • $50
    Julie Haar

  • $25
    Anna Ziajka Stanton

  • $250
    Hanna Kassis

  • $100
    Munira Allibhoy

  • $100
    Marisara Martin

  • $100
    Adrian Malin

  • $100
    Karin Brummell

  • $100
    Mohammad AlBanna
    Best place ever!
  • $1000
    Luma Saqqaf

  • $10000
    Azmi Abuasad

  • $2000
    Bryant Edwards

  • $1000
    Laura and Scott Malkin
    Go, Geeks!
  • $1000
    Tamara Harel-Cohen

  • $250
    Judy Barbera

  • $100
    Christopher Pruijsen

  • $50
    Eileen Brewer
    These entrepreneurs are so inspiring!
  • $50
    Alison Oliphant

  • $50
    Joan Wang

  • $100
    Nicholas Jerrat

  • $250
    Heather Russell

  • $100
    Jeffrey Wishnie

  • $100
    Kathleen Shelton

  • $100
    Robert Kris

  • $100
    Mark Glenesk

  • $25
    Carl Cortright

  • $100
    David Alvarez

  • $100
    Emily Palmer

  • $25
    Nicole Efron

  • $50
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  • $50
    Manish Sinha

  • $100
    Nicola Dalmazzo

  • $50
    Alaa Odeh

  • $100
    Anonymous

  • $50
    Tim McDonald

  • $250
    Tena Pick

  • $25
    Audrey Watne

  • $100
    Ahmad Hallak

  • $100
    Angela Young

  • $100
    Liat Aaronson

  • $100
    Salma El Shahed

  • $50
    Bash DIn

  • $30
    Neu Nerd

  • $250
    Neu Nerd

  • $100
    Tuba Terekli

  • $100
    Wiktor Schmidt

  • $25
    Jane Norris

  • $100
    Samia Kallidis

  • $50
    Andy Agnew
    A great cause – good luck
  • $50
    Alan Thompson

  • $100
    Margaret Marrer

  • $100
    Sofia Altuna

  • $30
    Molly Andruszkiewicz

  • $100
    David Garfunkel

  • $100
    Chris Alexander

  • $25
    Jayne Kelley

  • $50
    Kalman Resnick

  • $100
    Samuel Gershman

  • $15
    Susan Fisher

  • $100
    Ian Menzies

  • $25
    Bradley Heinz

  • $250
    Diana Biggs
    Visiting and working with the GSG team and the entrepreneurs left me completely impressed & inspired – wishing you all every success!
  • $100
    Elaine Sobler

  • $50
    Elaine Binger

  • $50
    Fereshteh Forough

  • $100
    Andrew Farrand

  • $50
    Nathan Fain

  • $100
    Victoria Zoellner

  • $100
    Basia Montauk

  • $500
    Lee Greenhouse
    Hope that our small contribution, in concert with others’ generosity, make a difference in the great work that you are doing
  • $150
    Ahmed Mansour

  • $25
    Karen Rao

  • $100
    John Harding

  • $100
    Jonas Hiltrop

  • $100
    Zachary Liscow

  • $100
    Mustafa Jaber

  • $20
    Averell Schmidt

  • $100
    Jackie & John Coombe

  • $100
    Shmucy Meadow

  • $50
    Xi Wang
    Go team! Keep up the amazing work! So exciting to see all the great things happening over there!
  • $100
    Allen Grossman

  • $25
    Margaret Farrand

  • $50
    Hassen Al-Shawaf

  • $10
    Isam Tahhan

  • $100
    Yael Borofsky

  • $30
    Catie English

  • $100
    Hadeel Hmaidi

  • $100
    Sayfee Yousef

  • $600
    Ali Glenesk

  • $100
    Dima Shahin

  • $30
    Polly Parkinson

  • $100
    Marwan Simaan

  • $100
    Roula Khatib
    Keep up the great work!
  • $400
    Ryan Butler

  • $200
    Julia Houlihan & Andy Jeninga

  • $50
    Kasia Houlihan
    It’s an honor to help fuel Power Up Gaza’s Geeks’ success!
  • $400
    Richard Burg
    GAZA SKY GEEKS rock
  • $100
    Matthew Hearn

  • $20
    Jesse Yang

  • $25
    Anake Goodall

  • $25
    Andrea Titus

  • $250
    Jehad Verjee

  • $100
    Mark & Abby Horowitz

  • $250
    Jamil Wyne

  • $100
    Ashraf Alhashim

  • $100
    Anonymous

  • $100
    Andy Dwonch

  • $50
    Hannes Nützmann

  • $100
    Matthew Kleinhans

  • $250
    Gene Libow

  • $64.65
    Mallie Abdulhadi

  • $100
    Thomas Lobe

  • $100
    Sara Bird

  • $2500
    Heather Morgan

  • $100
    Robert Marsh

  • $25
    Roy Gordon

  • $100
    Chuck McGuire

  • $200
    Mike Maerz

  • $500
    Jennifer Baldock

  • $30
    Roula Khatib

  • $200
    Harry Van Der Veen

  • $100
    Anonymous

  • $30
    Lucia Hermo

  • $100
    Asim Janjua

  • $15
    Renato Kimura Da Silva

  • $100
    Eva Vander Giessen

  • $50
    Mahmoud Arram

  • $100
    Reshma Hyder

  • $100
    Khaled Mousa

  • $100
    Shalini Nataraj
    Continue the inspiring work!
  • $100
    Jeanette Cool

  • $100
    Michel Batchoun

  • $100
    Iyas Alqasem
    Love, love, love this. It’s what we need.
  • $150
    Jamil Wyne

  • $200
    Taylor Valore

  • $200
    Donald Loeb

  • $50
    Helen Leung

  • $10
    Manish Sinha

  • $300
    Peter Loer

  • $100
    Eddie Kessler

  • $100
    Eileen Brewer

  • $100
    Mohammed Khatib

  • $100
    Michael Macharg

  • $100
    Lisa Diaz Nash
    Great mission and hope!
  • $100
    Gregory Khalil

  • $500
    Angie Chang

  • $25
    Rachel Katz

  • $200
    Thomas Keffer

  • $500
    Wiktor Schmidt

  • $100
    Jeffrey Wishnie

  • $100
    Michael Geer

  • $26
    David Musgrave

  • $50
    Stuart Willcuts
    For Gaza Sky Geeks!
  • $250
    Mark Horowitz

  • $50
    Seth Levine

  • $100
    Liz McCarthy

  • $150
    Anonymous

  • $100
    Ted McCarthy

  • $100
    David Politi

  • $100
    Ahmad Hallak

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