• UNITAR invites young entrepreneurs in Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon to apply to the Great Ideas Space 2023: Entrepreneurship and Innovation promoting Health Security and Economic Development.
  • The online programme will train participants on key topics in entrepreneurship and innovation to address challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic and contribute to building a resilient health sector in the region.
  • Applications are open until 18 July 2023.

21 June 2023, Hiroshima, Japan - UNITAR Division for Prosperity invites entrepreneurs in Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon to apply to the Great Ideas Space 2023: Entrepreneurship and Innovation promoting Health Security and Economic Development in Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon. The programme aims to train entrepreneurs to bring to life innovative local COVID-19 recovery solutions. 

The programme is open to entrepreneurs and leaders in Iraq, Jordan, and Lebanon. The application deadline is 18 July 2023.

By the end of this programme, the participants will understand how to employ design-thinking methodologies and turn their ideas for a social or for-profit enterprise into a scalable, sustainable business model. Participants will utilize modern leadership and management techniques to devise a project or venture that tackles obstacles and addresses the COVID-19 pandemic strategically and inclusively.

The programme will run from July 2023 – March 2024. Upon assessment, 150 participants will be selected and invited to the self-paced online training programme. 

  • Phase I of the programme will feature online courses, peer-to-peer discussions, assignments, and webinars on key topics in entrepreneurship and public health. 
  • Top-performing participants will progress to Phase 2, where they will receive in-depth training and mentoring to further design and prototype their ventures/projects. 
  • Top-performing participants from Phase 2 will be invited to Phase 3, where they will participate in an online hackathon or in-person workshop.

*The schedule is subject to change, depending on the COVID-19 pandemic situation.

The programme is free for participants and conducted with the full financial support of the Government and the People of Japan. 


The Programme seeks to include women and men entrepreneurs, leaders, and members of micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) who are committed to bringing innovative local solutions to the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications are strongly welcomed by individuals in the public health and health sectors.

To apply, you must have good oral and written English skills as well as access to the Internet and a computer or smartphone.

UNITAR will review your application based on your:

  • Keen passion to learn by doing and highly motivated to contribute to COVID-19 recovery in Iraq, Jordan, and Lebanon through self-led projects/enterprises
  • Deep interest in entrepreneurship and public health
  • Commitment to actively engage in the programme for its entire duration, including travelling in/outside the country to attend in-person training
  • Age (between 18 and 45)




The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) is a dedicated training arm of the United Nations. In 2021, UNITAR trained 370,139 learners around the world to support their actions for a better future. In addition to our headquarters in Geneva, we have offices in Hiroshima, New York, Bonn and various networks around the world.

One of the eight divisions of UNITAR, the Division for Prosperity, based in the Hiroshima Office and Geneva Headquarters, seeks to shape an inclusive, sustainable and prosperous world. World-class learning and knowledge-sharing services on entrepreneurship, leadership, finance and trade, digital technologies, and nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation are offered. We empower individuals from developing countries – especially women and young people – to address inequalities. Our alumni are making a difference in least-developed countries, countries emerging from conflict, and small-island developing states.

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