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Egypt Entrepreneurs
It was announced recently that there will be ‘One Million Entrepreneurs’, a campaign targeting potential talents and future entrepreneurs across Egypt, and the campaign is led by the Egyptian Ministry of Planning and Economic Development. The program is for all ages and groups across Egypt. It’s a fully online...
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The UAE-based healthcare platform Smileneo has raised about $2 million in a seed round. The round is one of the biggest seed rounds that was raised in the MENA region by any teeth-straightening direct-to-consumer business. The round also included a lot of different anchor investments from several leading international...
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Laverie was founded back in 2018 and has been fully operational ever since. They’ve already processed more than 60k items from a very popular client base of over 4k active registered users from the platform. The platform provides fully digitized laundry services to the clients along with order tracking...
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Egypt’s Paymob inspires and provides different and underserved SMEs with convenient and more accessible digital payments along with improved experience to the clients. These offerings are a part of Egypt’s Central Bank that provides their full efforts as initiative digital financial solutions over the nation. Their mobile wallets’ main base...
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Aldar Properties has launched its six-month entrepreneurship incubator program on its second round of the Manassah program. Their program is mainly aimed at attracting exceptional talents from all over the GCC and advance them under their wings. Aldar had held their partnership with startAD before and this global startup...
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The global payment company Stripe finally executed their expansion in the Middle East and was announced very recently. They’ve officially launched their platform in the UAE with their first office opening in the Dubai Internet City. The private beta of the company was already launched a couple of months...
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Announced today, Pakistani Lahore-based edtech Edkasa has raised about $320K in a pre-seed funding round. The round was closed a couple of months ago and it was led by i2i Ventures, but the announcement was made today instead. The round was joined by Zayn Capital, Walled City Co along...
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Egypt’s popular and leading VC firm, Algebra Ventures announced today on launching their second fund of around $90M. The fund was specifically dedicated to startups with the main goal to allocate their firm in the MEA region. They are currently aiming at first closing in 2021 on Q3. Algebra has...
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A recently launched venture capital platform, DisrupAD has set to launch $32.7M on a seed accelerator programme by teaming up with Flat6Labs. The platform is based on Abu Dhabi investment firm ADQ and the seed accelerator programme is set to invest and innovate the expansion of about 20 startups...
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It was announced today that the popular Kuwaiti beauty eCommerce platform Boutiqaat has been freed from the money laundering case they’ve been fighting against. The entire case was dismissed after finding pretty much no evidence of any illegal activities regarding money laundering by the public prosecution. They’ve been under...