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US Mission to the UAE, startAD open applications for ‘AWE UAE 3.0 – Women in Business’ initiative

The programme, aimed at supporting women-owned SMEs in the UAE, will start in December and conclude on March 8, 2023

The cloud's George Karam and Kamil Rogalinski

Cloud kitchen platform The Cloud raises $10m in latest funding round

The funding round was led by Middle East Venture Partners and Olayan Financing Company with participation from Rua Growth Fund

UAE MoE, Flat6Labs tie up

Ministry of Economy, Flat6labs launch initiative to attract SMEs to the UAE

The initiative will enable startups to compete in local and global markets through Flat6labs Ignite programme

Bahrain's Al Waha Fund, Hambro Perks launch HP Spring Studios to support fintech startups

Bahrain’s Al Waha Fund, Hambro Perks launch HP Spring Studios to support fintech startups

The studio aims to create new highly skilled jobs in Bahrain for both local and international talent, on both its core team and at the startups it helps to launch

Khalifa fund enahnces programme for members

Khalifa Fund enhances membership programme, allows members to register unlimited trade licences

With the new updates, Khalifa Fund’s membership is now open to entrepreneurs aged 21 years and above

E-commerce programme

Khalifa Fund launches e-commerce acceleration programme to boost SMEs’ digital capacity

The programme will feature a five day workshop covering the essentials of e-commerce, commencing September 21

OQ Technology

Spacetech startup OQ Technology raises EUR13m in Series A funding round

The funding round was led by Wa’ed Ventures, the venture capital arm of Aramco, and Phaistos Investment Fund, managed by 5G Ventures in Greece

EDB application

Emirates Development Bank to approve loans of up to Dhs5m to SMEs, startups within five days

The lending service will be available for UAE-based SMEs and startups operating in one of EDB’s five priority sectors, which are manufacturing, healthcare, food security, advanced technology and infrastructure

dukkantek secures$10m in Series A funding round

UAE’s Dukkantek raises $10m in pre-Series A funding

The funds raised will provide Dukkantek further access to global expansion, improve the platform’s technology stack and hire more talent

ADDED launches innovation incubator for entrepreneurs

Abu Dhabi’s ADDED launches innovation incubators programme

Public and private institutions, which invest in innovative technology solutions and support R&D, are eligible to earn an innovation incubators licence

Produze receives $2m in seed funding

Farm-to-retailer platform Produze receives $2.6m in seed funding

Produze aims to serve multiple agri produce categories across countries in the Middle East, North America and Europe

Khalifa Fund signs deal with Kenyan Youth development fund

UAE’s Khalifa Fund signs $30m deal to support SMEs in Kenya

Through this agreement, Khalifa Fund will support more than 3,000 projects with 40 per cent of the funds allocated to women

SD Centre for Entrepreneurship

The Entrepreneurial Nation, Huawei partner to launch ‘ScaleUp Digitize’ to support SMEs

The programme provides participants with virtual online training sessions on cloud computing, artificial intelligence, big data and storage technologies

Incubayt Investments to fund The Waste Lab, a female-led startup

The Waste Lab offers off-site and on-site composting, targetting both B2C and B2B clients

MoCCAE, EDB sign MoU

Emirates Development Bank, MoCCAE sign MoU to support agricultural SMEs

The MoU will see the two parties identify collaboration opportunities in food security and also support SMEs and startups in the agriculture sector

Khalifa fund and Abacus tie-up

Abacus joins Abu Dhabi’s Khalifa Fund as e-Empower partner

Abacus will offer Khalifa Fund applicants specialised offerings to enhance their digital capacities

Hub71 launches outliers 2022

Abu Dhabi’s Hub71 launches second edition of ‘The Outliers’ for startups

Startups will aim to solve the challenges of organisations such as DCT – Abu Dhabi, Department of Health – Abu Dhabi, Thales, Aldar and Cars24

StartAD announces ninth edition of acelerator programme

Applications open for startAD’s Fintech Corporate Sprint Accelerator 9

The deadline to apply is August 28, with participants getting the opportunity to be sponsored to showcase and pitch their startup at GITEX 2022

Omooma gets 2.5million dollars as funding

Arabic online content platform Omooma secures $2.5m in funding

The platform, dedicated to pregnancy, maternity and motherhood, features a roster of 29 Arab medical, lifestyle, wellbeing and financial experts from across the region

vita eternity with Asghar Khan

From here to Vita Eternity with Asghar Akhtar Khan

The founder of VITA Eternity, shares the brand’s focus on organic ingredients and finding a footing in the competitive skincare market

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Aldar’s Manassah 3.0 programme to incubate F&B startups

Held in partnership with startAD, the Manassah 3.0 programme is accepting applications and the deadline for submission is August 28


The SME Story: Rami Tabbara, co-founder and co-CEO of Stake

A digital fractional real estate investment platform is offering a chance for those with limited budgets to enter the property market


How SMEs can leverage opportunities within the on-demand mobility and contactless driving sectors

The e-hailing industry is expected to develop at a CAGR between 15 to 28 per cent, resulting in an increased market size of $285bn by 2030


The SME Story: Ahmad Coucha, co-founder and CEO of FlapKap

FlapKap offers a revenue-based financing model as an alternative financing solution to accelerate the growth of the region’s e-businesses

Jafza registers 19% trade growth in 2021, generates over Dhs454.7bn

Emirates inks MoU with Jafza to support SMEs in Dubai

Emirates currently has over 20,000 SMEs enrolled in its Business Rewards programme

The SME Story: Mark Zubov, founder and CFO of Iman

Iman offers a halal book-now-pay-later solution to retailers

Entrepreneurs dTec's Ghanim Al Falasi

Dubai’s Dtec, SDCEE launch programmes for entrepreneurs

The programmes from Dubai Silicon Oasis’ dtec and SDCEE will help entrepreneurs transform their innovative ideas and projects into reality

Startups - SMEs - Ahmad-Belhoul-Al-Falasi

Entrepreneurial Nation’s Startup Leap sees participation from 1,200 startups

Startups from 33 countries from sectors such as digital technologies, e-commerce, healthcare and fintech have participated in Startup Leap

Expo 2020 dubai sme

Expo 2020 Dubai awarded SMEs contracts worth Dhs6.8bn

It represents over a quarter of all Expo 2020 Dubai contracts in terms of value