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Zahra Shah, Author At Iraqi Innovators

Zahra Shah

I've been working in startups and emerging markets for over 7 years, with a focus on growing tech ecosystems in conflict-affected areas. Having spent the last two years leading Re:Coded's operations in Iraq, and working with Gaza Sky Geeks before that, I want to utilise my experience to bring business and investment to the region. 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 out 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.

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

Why Do Companies Need Great Content?

Our guest is Aza Asim, Founder of Shift Software based in Erbil. Aza works closely with clients to create websites and apps but it doesn’t just stop there. Once a product is ready, how can you make sure that customers and users will engage with it? Even if the technical specifications of an app work […]Read More

Meet Iraq’s Influential Women In Tech

The international image of women in Iraq isn’t very er, positive. There are currently no women cabinet ministers and a recent study by National Geographic rated Iraq as the 6th worst place in the world to be a woman. In addition, women do not make a huge percentage of the workforce (so women in tech […]Read More

The Riveting Story Of Yousif: Mosul’s First Technology Entrepreneur

After fleeing Mosul in 2015, Yousif Alneamy embarked on an expedition to Europe in search for better opportunities. A life under the Islamic State (ISIS) could not be the only way. Yousif eventually ended up in the Netherlands, but not after countless difficulties including the perilous boat journey to Greece. His eventual return to Mosul […]Read More

5 Tips For Organising A Hackathon In Iraq (And Other

As part of the Iraq Technology and Entrepreneurship Alliance, I had the opportunity to lead the country’s (and possibly the Middle East’s) largest hackathon: the Iraq Innovation Hackathon. Five cities. 48 hours. 300+ attendees. Tackling local and nationwide challenges with on-the-ground solutions. For most participants, it was their first ever hackathon and a huge learning curve […]Read More

Another 8 Startups In Iraq You Should Know About

Since our previous article, 10 Technology Startups in Iraq You Need to Know About, we wanted to introduce you to another amazing eight startups making waves in the country’s tech scene. From fintech and tourism to the medical field, these startups in Iraq have overcome significant challenges to launch their businesses and are constantly striving […]Read More

Kirkuk’s First Tech Hub Has Launched

Co-working spaces and tech-focused activities are still new in Iraq, with most major cities missing its own version of a Google Campus. Recent developments in Erbil, Baghdad, and Suliymaniya show the beginnings of the co-working space movement. Now, Kirkuk also has its own hub. Kirkuk is generally known as an oil-rich, yet a politically contentious […]Read More

Najaf Had Its Biggest Technology Event And We’re Living For

Over 300 tech enthusiasts attended the opening ceremony of Google Developer Group (GDG) Najaf held on 28th December 2018. Like all other GDGs, GDG Najaf is a volunteer-led initiative that is run by passionate individuals who are interested in Google technologies. GDGs usually organise events such as hackathons and tech talks. The goal is to create a […]Read More