Zahra Shah

I've been working in startups and emerging markets for over 8 years, with a focus on growing tech ecosystems in Palestine and Iraq. I truly believe that Iraq can provide valuable opportunities for businesses looking to launch or expand here, and i'm interested in supporting others who want to venture to a country that people are traditionally skeptical to pursue. A big part of this is to change the current perceptions of Iraq through quality content by highlighting some of the everyday success stories that are overshadowed by other news.

Iraqi Solopreneurs: Challenges And Opportunities

You’ve probably heard of entrepreneurs, but have you heard of solopreneurs? While the concept might seem odd at first, it’s actually pretty simple: a solopreneur is someone who starts a business on their own—without a co-founder or employees. It’s a popular option in Iraq for people who want to get involved with entrepreneurship but don’t […]Read More اقرأ المزيد

Iraqi Innovators Launches First Event In London

In an effort to build an international community of supporters and allies for Iraq’s startup sector, Iraqi Innovators held its first in-person event in London on 25th November 2022. The day began with a presentation by co-founders Amara Bandukada and Zahra Shah explaining the work of Iraqi Innovators and providing an overview of the Iraqi […]Read More اقرأ المزيد

Baghdad-Based Orderii Receives Pre-Seed Funding

Orderii, a cross-border e-commerce platform closed a six figure pre-seed round in October 2022. The platform provides logistics services for sought-after goods only available on foreign sites.  We have been serving the Iraqi customer for several years now, enabling them to purchase products from brands that they cannot find in Iraq. We are eager to […]Read More اقرأ المزيد

Job Studio Launches Freelancing Marketplace For Iraqi Professionals 

Job Studio has launched its freelancing marketplace that is designed to connect businesses with talented Iraqi freelancers. The marketplace that holds the same name allows businesses to post projects and receive bids from qualified freelancers. Job studio believes that the marketplace will help to grow the Iraqi economy by creating new opportunities for Iraqis to […]Read More اقرأ المزيد

Iraqi Angel Investor Network Surpasses $1 MILLION Worth Of Investments Into Iraqi Startups

KAPITA has announced that its Iraqi Angel Investor Network (IAIN), has successfully helped raise more than $1 million dollars worth of investments for six startups. Funding through the network was raised for a variety of sectors including health care, last-mile delivery, e-commerce, and agritech. This milestone demonstrates the growing appetite for angel investors to support […]Read More اقرأ المزيد

Eduba Launches Educational Super App

Edtech platform Eduba has launched its ‘’Super App’’ – the first EdTech super app in Iraq and SWANA that offers multiple services. Unlike other educational apps, the Eduba super app has four essential components in their all-in-one learning management system, which includes interactive learning content, ride hailing, and payments. “Our eyes are on the Iraqi […]Read More اقرأ المزيد

Lezzoo Closes Largest Seed Round In Iraq

Lezzoo has announced that it has raised a seven-figure seed round (at least one million dollars) – the largest funding for a Kurdish-Iraqi startup. The investment was led by New York and Baghdad-based investment firm Northern Gulf Partners and California-based Pay It Forward Venture Capital, with some individual investors from the USA and Latin America. […]Read More اقرأ المزيد

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