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About Deraya

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Deraya aims to support Libyan entrepreneurs in developing, guiding, and growing their innovative solutions to promote economic development and entrepreneurship in Libya. UNDP Libya supports the Deraya programme as part of MoLG Decree 1500, which aims to set up and capacitate business incubators at the municipality level.

Deraya will provide youth with the vital elements to build a successful venture. Activities include outreach campaigns, opportunities to ideate solutions, find co-founders and form teams, engaging with the local business community at start-up weekends, funding and testing market fit for potential start-ups at hackathons, gaining both technical and practical business skills.

What we offer

HACKATHONS

Get the chance to connect with entrepreneurs and leaders from the entrepreneurial ecosystem and to attend workshops and training to get the basic skills to structure your own business.

WEBINARS

Having the right information at the right time could lead to recognizing and capturing various business opportunities. Get the chance to meet successful entrepreneurs and role models and learn more about their stories.

STARTUP WEEKENDS

Be part of a creative and collaborative three-day educational event where designers, developers, marketers, students, startup enthusiasts, and everyone in-between come together to share, develop and pitch new startup ideas.

GRANTS

Be part of a creative and collaborative three-day educational event where designers, developers, marketers, students, startup enthusiasts, and everyone in-between come together to share, develop and pitch new startup ideas.

Our story

Why We Started in Libya

Daraya’s mission is rooted in fostering an entrepreneurial spirit and bolstering decentralisation through business incubation programmes across Libya. Together, the Ministry of Local Government and the United Nations Development Programme position Libya on a resilient development path. Catalyzing job opportunities for youth and women stands at the core of this initiative, underscoring a joint commitment to local peacebuilding and entrepreneurial advancement.

The Initiative's Background

The Deraya Initiative is a collaborative effort between the Ministry of Local Governments and the United Nations Development Programme. It is funded by the European Union, the African Development Bank, UK Aid, the Norwegian Ministry for Foreign Affairs, and the United Nations Peacebuilding Fund. In Libya, the initiative is implemented in close collaboration with the National Program of Small and Medium Enterprises and through key partners such as Flat6Labs, Tatweer Research, MAZAM, Ernst & Young (EY), Tadawul Financial Services, Moomken and Acted, showcasing a strong network of support and expertise.

Where We're Heading

Where we'll be meeting the aspiring entrepreneurs during the Startup Weekend events

Webinars

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Join us now and turn your innovative idea into a pioneering project

If you have an idea, get started today! There is no better time than now to fulfil your entrepreneurial dreams.