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Technology Venture Capital Firms Gear Up to Create and Exit Regional Unicorns

BECO Capital, a venture capital firm focused on technology investments in the MENA region and the GCC in particular, said today that over 10 local technology start-ups are expected to exit in the next three to five years, with a handful of them having the potential to break the one billion dollar...
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ArabiaWeather Completes Funding Round From Leading Investors

ArabiaWeather market leader in innovation and technology for the Middle East weather and forecasting industry, today announced it has completed an investment round led by new investor Badia Impact Fund, a venture capital fund that is part of Silicon Badia, a global group of venture funds based in New...
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Are You Entrepreneurially Damaged?

This was the line used by Fadi Ghandour, the  Founder and Vice Chairman of Aramex, when some one from the crowd asked him what does it take to be an entrepreneur. Fadi said you need to be a misfit among the crowd, completely crazy and some one who is 'Entrepreneurially Damaged', to run a business. We...
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The Best Global e-Content Startups

The UN based World Summit Award announced the 8 Global Champions of the 2013 competition. These projects are the most progressive, innovative and sustainable e-Content fruits on the very rich tree that is the Internet: initiatives that will last and will make a difference. What is best in e-Content? The...
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A Mobile Network Startup Gets Funding At The Abu Dhabi Media Summit

A new mobile network emergency airtime provider was awarded 37,000 AED and named best start-up in a competition at the Abu Dhabi Media Summit 2013. Comzafrica, which provides emergency airtime to travelers and residents when they need mobile credit, was one of five innovative early-stage media start-ups...
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Middle East Is Witnessing The Technology Revolution

In a session about building strong local ecosystems to achieve global success, Usama Fayyad, Executive Chairman of Oasis 500 and Eric Gertler, Head of the New York City Economic Development Corporation, talked about the challenges and opportunities the Middle East faces in fostering innovation, leveraging...
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Why Do Startups Fail In The Middle East

Start-ups are in a nascent stage in the region. There are some great success stories and many failed ones. There are quite a few problems faced by  start-up entrepreneurs across various stages. Weak teams, little knowledge of the customer, lack of access to cheap institutional finance, dealing with...
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e-Commerce Entrepreneurs In The Middle East –

e-Commerce industry has had a lot of mixed messages for the region over the last few years. Many players entered the market while a few took the exit door. We have been running a series of interviews with existing e-Commerce players in the region asking them how do they manage their business and what...
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Getting candid with Saif AlZarouni – Founder of the review site

YaDig is the Middle East's largest reviewing community. We spoke to its founder Saif AlZarouni about what inspired him to start the website and his future plans. What was the idea behind I was just really tired of going to new/old places in UAE and being totally let down when I got there....
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Shahiya fulfills food lovers appetite Online in Middle East

An online startup is here to fulfill the desire for delicious food! Shahiya refers to appetite in Arabic, and is meant for all those who have an immense appetite for cooking, eating, and socializing online. is a food portal that provides an Arabic and English platform for those food lovers...
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