Yomken.com is the first open-innovation and crowdfunding platform of its kind in the Arab world. Yomken bridges the gap between (i) the challenges faced by micro- and small entrepreneurs (MSE) working mainly in low-tech and informal manufacturing industries (like designing new products, upgrading current products and production processes...) and (ii) the innovative ideas and skills of potential problem solvers (e.g. students graduation projects, innovative solutions from recently graduated engineers, designers, researchers who are looking for a job, the Arab diaspora...); and then, once the gap is bridged, using crowdfunding to finance the products that emerge from the matchmaking process.
Yomken offers MSEs and nongovernmental organizations working with them all over the Arab world a space to post well-defined challenges that they face. Potential solutions are posted by problem solvers, capitalizing on the “wisdom of the crowd.” A group of volunteer experts review the proposed solutions to choose the best one for implementation.