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UAE, South Korea to jointly promote entrepreneurship and support SMEs

The entrepreneurship and SME sector accounts for 99 per cent of the total companies in South Korea, and 98.5 per cent of the private sector in the UAE

The SME Story: Ian Ohan, founder and CEO of Locale

Locale allows foodpreneurs to thrive and reconnect with the communities in which they operate

The SME Story: Armin Moradi, co-founder and CEO of Qashio

The enterprise-grade expense management platform offers real-time tracking of business expenses

Interview: Nour Sabri, founder of BorrowMe, on why renting items is good for the planet

Sabri shares what inspired him to set up the business, which enables people in the UAE to rent almost anything they need instead of buying it

Saudi startup Lawazem closes $1.3m seed round

The seed round was led by Merak Capital with participation from Merced, a Saudi VC company

Bunty Monani Zofeur

The SME Story: Bunty Monani, founder and CEO of Zofeur

A pay-per-minute chauffeur service aims to fill a unique gap in the market

Ammar Al Malik

Why Dubai has become an ideal incubator for startups

The emirate’s strategic location has created a fertile landscape for entrepreneurs and startups within the region

The SME Story: Tarek Sakr, founder and CEO of 4Sale

The company claims to be Kuwait’s largest online classifieds platform

Kamal Reggad RemotePass

The SME Story: Kamal Reggad, co-founder of RemotePass

RemotePass is an HR tech services platform founded in the UAE

Ten MENA startups announced for PepsiCo’s Greenhouse Accelerator

The startups will receive an initial grant of $20,000 and mentorship from PepsiCo and Food Tech Valley experts

Abu Dhabi’s Khalifa Fund and noon payments to support local SMEs

Through the partnership, noon payments will offer SMEs extra support with zero setup costs, reduced monthly fees and access to advanced gateway features

The SME Story: Nicoló Augusto Manica, co-founder and CRO of uDroppy

uDroppy, which recently raised $Im in a seed funding round, helps online retailers in the initial supply chain set-up process

mSME enabling platform, Setup in Abu Dhabi, launched

Setup in Abu Dhabi’s 25 partners, including ADIO, Twofour54, Masdar, Khalifa Industrial Zone, ADDED, Telr and Hub71, will support the platform

Eslam Hussein, CEO and co-founder of invygo

The SME Story: Eslam Hussein, CEO and co-founder of invygo

Invygo, a monthly car subscription company, has been through some of the region’s most prominent accelerator programmes

Dubai-based food technology platform Kitch-In expands into Europe

Kitch-In and Johnny’s Burger Co. will roll out virtual restaurant brands across 45 kitchens in the Netherlands and Belgium

Erika Doyle Founder, Drink Dry

The SME Story: Erika Doyle, founder of Drink Dry

A premium non-alcoholic drinks marketplace based in the UAE with large number of export clients in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and the Maldives

Abu Dhabi introduces Dhs1,000 cap for tourism business licences

The revised fee structure is applicable to tourism business licences starting this month

Abu Dhabi

Khalifa Fund partners with eBay to support Abu Dhabi-based SMEs

eBay is the latest partner to join Khalifa Fund’s e-Empower initiative

Brazil UAE

The role of SMEs in boosting the trade relationship between Brazil and the UAE

Small businesses account for 99 per cent of all enterprises in Brazil and 95 per cent of private sector companies in the UAE

Healthy prospects: Why Emirati entrepreneur Mahmoud Bartawi is launching a new startup

UAE-based startup Mealzap is on a mission to reach all those embarking on the journey towards a healthier lifestyle, says its CEO and co-founder Mahmoud Bartawi

SME Revival case study: Dubai’s Finyal Media on its expansion plans

The podcast network creates content for young Arabs across the MENA region

Understanding mainland vs freezone company setup options in the UAE

An investor’s guide to the advantages and challenges to expect when choosing to setup either a freezone or mainland company

The SME Story: Ibtissam Ouassif, co-founder of Cashew Payments

The buy now pay later platform has already received $13.5m of funding in its pre-series A round

Emirati employee

Emirati members of Dubai SME to get up to seven-year exemption on licence fee

The fee exemption applies to registered Emirati members who have not completed the five-year period

Gaurav Biswas, founder and CEO, TruKKer

How TruKKer plans to expand rapidly within the MENA region

Saudi logistics and technology startup TruKKer launched operations in four additional markets in a single month – and there’s more to come. Founder and CEO Gaurav Biswas shares his vision

Emirati employee

Why entrepreneurship education is vital for the region

Experiential learning journeys, collaborations at a university level and even the private sector, all have a role in educating the next generation of entrepreneurs

Christiane Nasr Bowery

The SME Story: Christiane Nasr, founder of The Bowery Company

Nasr is taking her online store of furniture and home accessories and expanding it into one that now has a physical presence in Dubai

The SME Story: Sandeep Shetty, co-founder of NorthLadder

NorthLadder is a rapidly expanding secondhand online marketplace for pre-owned luxury goods

Mohamed Al Fayed, Co-founder and CEO of GrubTech

The SME Story: Mohamed Al Fayed, co-founder and CEO of GrubTech

GrubTech is a digital platform transforming the restaurant and cloud kitchen business in the region

Expo 2020 Dubai

How the Expo is boosting the UAE’s SME landscape

Here’s how SMEs can leverage the global spotlight and influx of capital that Expo 2020 Dubai will attract in abundance