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Fab Lab Irbid, Luminus Shamal Start – North Jordan

  • First Fab Lab in Jordan, led by Jordanian social entrepreneur Loay Malahmeh, Head of Innovation at Luminus Education. Previously, Loay spearheaded the “fab lab” movement and ecosystem development in Jordan through his startup 3Dmena, which was acqui-hired by Luminus Group
  • Located in a special economic zone between Irbid and Mafraq, which host hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees
  • Public-private partnership for advanced manufacturing training and business incubation, benefiting both the host community and refugee population
  • 11 million euros of funding from the EU and Luminus Education
  • 800 sqm (~8,600 sq ft) of advanced manufacturing space, plus 800 sqm of business incubation space
  • 85 incubated startups, 300+ jobs created, $1.4 million of seed funding provided since late 2016 – now in scale phase
  • First Fab Academy in Jordan, with first 5 Fab Lab gurus receiving 5-month MIT training course in 2018