Mapping the Iraqi Entrepreneurial Ecosystem: Growth Domains, Involved Actors, and Leading Programs


The Iraqi entrepreneurship scene has been developing over the last decade in a very evident way. Many support organizations, training centers, institutions, coworking spaces, etc. have emerged and led to the proliferation of the scene, where many startups have been founded, transforming the Iraqi economy by attracting investors and creating job opportunities. This has also encouraged the development of financial technologies, policies, and infrastructure to keep up with this transformation.
The research offers a roadmap for the main actors by presenting the collected results as a series of infographics which could serve as a reference point and a guide to advise future actions for all the actors within the ecosystem.
The research builds upon a series of researches that KAPITA has undertaken that dives into the entrepreneurial scene. Namely: “Iraqi Startups Ecosystem Monitor'' V1.0 & V2.0, “Iraqi Entrepreneurs Journey v.1: An In-depth Analysis” and "Iraqi Entrepreneurs' Journey V.2: New Trends and Insights".

Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Categorization

The database was created in a way that categorized the ecosystem into eight main categories, each with its own subcategories. These categories are: Ecosystem Enablers, Finance, Human Capital, Research & Development, Policy, Culture, Women-specific initiatives, and Infrastructure.

Timeline of the Main Entrepreneurial Activities

Additionally, the research aims to track down the entrepreneurial growth over the years in Iraq by properly structuring the ecosystem into categories and creating a database for entrepreneurs, founders, SMEs, stakeholders, investors, and the many other actors who are involved in the development of the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem.

All the Actors that are included in this Research

This report can be cited as:

KAPITA. "Mapping the Iraqi Entrepreneurial Ecosystem: Growth Domains, Involved Actors, and Leading Programs”. July , 2022. https://bit.ly/3cC5znc.

Posted in on Thursday, 28th July, 2022