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Abu Dhabi’s Hub71 selects startups from 11 countries for 14th cohort

Eighty-one per cent of the startups in the latest cohort are headquartered outside the UAE

Qatar investment authority launches $1bn VC fund image courtesy- Qatar news agency

Qatar Investment Authority’s new $1bn VC fund to boost startup ecosystem

The fund aims to close the current funding gap that exists for local and regional entrepreneurs

Dubai unlocks Dhs500m to fuel SME growth, here's how firms can apply Image-credit-WAM

Dubai unlocks Dhs500m to fuel SME growth, here’s how firms can apply

A dedicated specialist will conduct a comprehensive review of the applicants’ business followed by the joint steering committee’s review for inclusion in the initiative

Microsoft and DET sign deal to drive innovation in Dubai GettyImages

Dubai, Microsoft partner to power emirate’s digital economy

The joint effort will focus on logistics, technology enablement and adoption within the SME and education sectors

Saudi's Aramco allocates $4bn to expands global VC programme Image: Getty Images

Energy giant Aramco allocates $4bn to expand global VC programme

Aramco’s venture capital programme supports the development of disruptive new technologies and creates diversification opportunities for Aramco while paving the way for collaborations with innovative startups

ADIB launches b2b digital marketplace for smes Image Supplied

Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank launches b2b marketplace for SMEs

The all-in-one digital platform aims to significantly reduce the cost of doing business for SMES by providing them with a wide range of exclusive offers and discounts

Eugene Willemsen, CEO Africa, Middle East & South Asia, PepsiCo_Dr. Bob Maughon, Chief Sustainability & Technology Officer, SABIC_Roland Daher, CEO, Astrolabs launch Mega Green Accelerator

Mega Green MENA Accelerator unveiled by PepsiCo, SABIC, AstroLabs

The new initiative aims to nurture the next generation of entrepreneurs in the region to develop solutions to regional and global sustainability challenges

Abhinav Patwa, Head of Zed

SME Story: ZED, the e-hailing ride service, is focused on personalisation

We speak to Abhinav Patwa, the head of the e-hailing ride service, about its unique offerings and future plans

Virtuzone allots over Dhs50m to get businesses tax-ready

Virtuzone allocates over Dhs50m to get businesses tax-ready

The company will provide SMEs with free corporate tax registration, free accounting services, and compliance guarantee

Jisr closes $30m investment round led by Merak Capital

Saudi Jisr successfully closes $30m investment round by Merak Capital

Jisr, founded in 2016, caters to 16 sectors and operates from its offices in Riyadh and Hadhramaut

Support for SMEs - Adnan Amin, CEO, COP28 and Ahmed Khalifa Al Qubaisi, CEO, Abu Dhabi Chamber

COP28 unveils programme to help MENA SMEs action net-zero strategies

COP28 and SME Climate Hub for MENA will provide free access to tools and resources to implement emission reduction strategies

Mohamed Amine Belarbi of Cypherleak Image Supplied

Hub71-based Cypherleak raises $750,000 in seed round

Cypherleak allows companies to track their leaked passwords and information on both the public web and dark web

Hub71 RemotePass partner to help SMEs Image Hub71

Abu Dhabi: Hub71, RemotePass partner to support startups with HR needs

A Hub71 startup since 2020, Remotepass has successfully scaled its business to become a key partner of the ecosystem


SME story: Interview with Sean Trevaskis, Enver Sorkun, founders of Growdash

Understanding the specific needs of restaurant owners and operators was crucial to developing a solution that could make a meaningful impact

MAF fosters entrepreneurship with Launchpad X

Here’s how MAF is connecting MENA startups with global markets

The Launchpad X concept store is home to a diverse range of local brands that have displayed outstanding innovation and growth potential

DCAI Accelerator Programmes attract 615 global startups Image Dubai Media Office

Dubai Centre for AI: Accelerator Programmes attract hundreds of global startups

Successful applicants will be invited to Dubai to work closely with government agencies to develop their projects and prepare for their implementation

8 great books to inspire ceos of a startup Getty Images

Startup reading list: 8 inspiring books for entrepreneurs

Whether you’re a budding entrepreneur or a seasoned business leader, these reads will equip you with the tools and wisdom to navigate the exciting world of startups

DIFC innovation Hub launches FinTech Accelerator Programme 2023 Image Dubai Media Office DIFC

DIFC Innovation Hub kicks off FinTech Accelerator Programme 2023

A total of 20 startups will be onboarded during the ninth edition of the programmen

Agthia Ventures launched Image Agthia Group

Abu Dhabi-based Agthia Group launches $54m CVC fund

The fund is stage-agnostic and will invest primarily in companies with clear product-market fit that are demonstrating revenue growth

Dubai SME members awarded Dhs1.12bn in contracts in 2022 Image credit GettyImages-1214946297-e1682524082437

Dubai SME members receive Dhs1.12bn in contracts in 2022

The contribution of Dubai government bodies was worth Dhs552.51m, while federal government entities granted contracts worth Dhs88.2m


SME story: Interview with Chafic Idriss, Rayan Antonios, Karam El Dik, founders of Twig

We facilitate effective goal planning and provide a user-friendly experience to help individuals achieve their financial objectives


SME story: Interview with Ghady Rayess, managing director of FOO

Financial services embedded into existing business models are no longer optional, but necessary

School Hack

SME story: Interview with Youseff Youseff, COO and Muhammed Khalid, CEO of School Hack

The platform utilises AI to relieve students of extra mental labour, personalise learning materials based on individual learning styles, and provide valuable insights to educators

15 cool startups joining hub71 in 2023 as part of its first cohort Image Hub71

These 15 innovative startups are set to join Abu Dhabi’s Hub71 this year

The startups, part of Hub71’s first cohort of the year, originate from the UAE, US, New Zealand, Egypt, the Netherlands and the UK

Sheikh Hamdan approves new 'future' model of Dubai SME Image Dubai Media Office

Sheikh Hamdan approves new ‘future’ model of Dubai SME

The strategy will enable a flexible and diversified future economy, contributing approximately Dhs9bn to the GDP and creating 86,000 job opportunities

DIFC innovation Hub AECB sign agreement to support fintechs

DIFC Innovation Hub, AECB to empower fintech startups in the UAE

The bureau will enable the DIFC Innovation Hub community to tap into new data sets to boost fintech development in the UAE market


MBZUAI, OurCrowd Arabia ink MoU to boost funding for AI startups, research

The agreement will enhance Abu Dhabi’s AI innovation ecosystem via strategic partnerships with key government and government-related entities

Meydan Free Zone

Meydan Free Zone and noon.com collaborate to drive SME growth

noon.com will offer its seller onboarding services through Meydan Marketplace

Dubai Culture launches mobtakir

Dubai Culture launches Mobtakir diploma for entrepreneurs

Applications are currently open and without charge to all UAE residents, including students, professionals, and small business owners until May 20

Ahmad Ali Alwan_Impact Event by HUb71

Abu Dhabi’s Hub71 sees robust 102% growth in in 2022

Hub71 and its focus on driving impact for startups and Abu Dhabi has led to the facilitation of 41 POCs for corporate partners valued at Dhs160m by the end of 2022