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Seed capital helps MENA female start-ups take flight

Women are underrepresented when it comes to new business launches and Elissa Freiha – founder of the first female-focused accelerator in the region, Womena – is passionate about pushing the numbers higher. “Honestly, I think this region is the most exciting start-up space globally right now for the simple fact that the potential is still untapped,” she says. “The resources …

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500 Startups invests in 12 Middle East and North Africa (MENA) startups as part of the second ‘MENA DOJO’ series a program

Silicon Valley based 500 Startups, the most active early-stage Venture Capital firm in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, has announced twelve pre-Series A regional companies participating in the second edition of the MENA Dojo Series A Program following a very rigorous selection process. The startups in this batch include : Eyewa, online glasses and contact lenses retailer; …

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Software sector witnesses highest talent turnover in MENA: Study

The trouble with retaining tech talent is high-demand and rising compensation within the industry. By Staff Writer, Khaleej Times The technology sector, retail and media industry witnessed the highest talent turnover in the Mena region as employees moved to search for better opportunities, a study by LinkedIn has revealed. The findings, based on LinkedIn’s data on half-a-billion professionals, show that …

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MENA solar power projects pipeline set to double in 2018

By Anoop Menon, ZAWYA Project mix dominated by the Saudi market and solar photovoltaic systems The pipeline for solar power projects in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) is set to double this year, with Saudi Arabia accounting for more than half of all projects, according to a new report published on Monday by the Middle East Solar Industry …

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MEPI Student Leaders Program 2018

Applications for 2018 will be accepted from October 23, 2017, through December 14, 2017 The Student Leaders program offers outstanding undergraduates from across the MENA region an intensive leadership training course of approximately 5 weeks in the United States. The program emphasizes lessons in participatory governance and the application of leadership skills. The Student Leaders program is a rigorous exchange …

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Amazon’s technology head to speak at next week’s GITEX

Amazon’s chief technology officer, Werner Vogels, has been recruited to deliver a keynote speech at this year’s GITEX Technology Week. Vogels is set to discuss Amazon’s growth from a start-up to the world’s fourth-biggest company by market capitalisation, according to the Financial Times Global 500 rankings. Amazon has also taken a major stride into the Middle East this year following …

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Facebook celebrates MENA winners of First Bots for Messenger Developer Challenge

The Bots for Messenger Challenge was launched on February 15th this year, in 64 countries across the wider Middle East and Africa to recognize and reward developers who were able to create the most innovative new bots on Messenger. Facebook (www.Facebook.com) selected 3 winners from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) from 60 finalists as part of the first-ever …

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UK Lebanon Tech Hub partners with U.S. technology incubator, 1776, to boost lebanese tech startups’ presence in MENA

Dubai – The UK Lebanon Tech Hub (UKLTH), a joint initiative by Banque du Liban (Lebanon’s Central Bank) and the UK Government, announced the signing of a partnership agreement with 1776, a Washington, DC-based public benefit corporation and the first international technology incubator to set up a direct presence in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Leveraging 1776’s …

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Sheraa collaborates with MENA’s top universities to form consortium of regional entrepreneurs

‘Shabakah: Unleashing Entrepreneurial Power’ will support new businesses in expanding their footprint in the region Sharjah, United Arab Emirates: Sheraa – a launch pad for aspiring young entrepreneurs in the United Arab Emirates – recently joined leading universities of the region in a bid to combine forces with their entrepreneurship programs. ‘Shabakah: Unleashing Entrepreneurial Power’ is a consortium created by …

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King attends 2016 MENA ICT Forum

His Majesty King Abdullah II, Wednesday, attended the opening ceremony of the Middle East and North Africa Information and Communications Technology (MENA ICT) forum, dubbed “Digitizing the Economy.” Organized by the Information and Communications Technology Association (Int@J) in cooperation of communications ministry, the forum aims at developing the telecommunications sector in the Kingdom by moving towards a digital economy, placing …

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