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Venue booking tool launch to support Syrian refugees

Syrian founder behind Wizme to donate 2 per cent of proceeds to Syrian refugees as part of its launch next week

Pictured: Syrian-born Wizme founder Nour Mouakke

A Syrian expat-turned-entrepreneur is giving a percentage of proceeds from his online booking tool to Syrian refugees as part of its launch next week.

Nour Mouakke, the brains behind new venue booking website Wizme, says he wants to help fellow countrymen looking for a better life.

"I feel that I've been so privileged to be able to study here and work; and now to be able to launch Wizme," he said.

"I'd like to support other people, others from my country of Syria, to give them the chance that I had."

Mouakke is in talks with the Red Cross and other charities to donate 2 per cent of proceeds to refugees, ahead of Wizme's launch on Monday.

Aimed at helping connect planners with venues for meeting spaces with short lead times, Wizme enables users to filter searches depending on budgets, room requirements and location, and then add on requirements such as tea and coffee or AV equipment.

Mouakke was at IMEX in Frankfurt this week to reach out to more venues and potential customers. He will use feedback to continue developing the product and add new features to "exceed customer expectations".

The former InterContinental sales representative said early response from others in the meetings industry had been positive.

"Wizme is so efficient and it will save a lot of time; usually it can take weeks going back and forth between suppliers and buyers just to book a room. Wizme is just one click. It compares and chooses the best meeting room options for planners, based on requirements, and will confirm the booking," he said.

After the launch in the UK market Mouakke plans to take Wizme global, starting with the German and Chinese markets, as well as the Middle East.

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