Develop the talents of creative entrepreneurs in Tunisia, give them the knowledge and skills to move from the idea to action stage in their projects, and develop a cohesive community of entrepreneurs within the Tunisian creative economies.
Disrupt!/, a series of business idea competitions across the Arab world that bring together innovators within a specific sector of creative industries. A 3-day event, Disrupt!/ selects teams of young creatives to further develop their idea with the support of mentors and experts in their industry. At the end of the event, teams pitch their idea and business model in front of a jury for cash prizes.
Design and implement the Disrupt!/ business idea competition in Tunis.
Wasabi hosted the inaugural Disrupt!/Media!/ competition in October 2014. This edition brought together 25 young entrepreneurs under the theme “Digital Storytelling,” and featured 6 expert mentors from the fields of art, journalism, business, and design.
A second edition, Disrupt!/Games!/ brought together 30 young game designers with disruptive ideas for solving real world problems through gamified experiences in May 2015. As they developed their ideas, participants worked with Walid Sultan Midani of Digitialmania and Dutch game designer Dimme van der Hout of MonkeyBizniz.
In February 2016, Wasabi hosted a third edition, Disrupt!/Media!/, with 24 candidates from across the country worked on ideas in “audio-visual culture.” Candidates were coached by trainer Adel Beznine, eight mentors from the Tunisian creative industries, and Hans Luyckx, Director of Operations at IJsfontein, a Dutch company which creates playful digital learning platforms.