Middle East venture capital market

The Middle East’s booming venture capital market

The drive for economic diversification and state-backed initiatives together with financial support for startups is fuelling Middle East’s venture capital industry

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Wio Bank, Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development partner to supports SMEs

This partnership will help fast-track the account opening process for SMEs and deliver seamless banking services through the Wio Business app

EDB, Emirates Islamic partnership

Emirates Development Bank, Emirates Islamic partner to support SMEs

The Islamic lender is the 11th commercial bank to join EDB’s credit guarantee scheme platform

UAE new corporate tax

UAE to offer corporate tax relief to small businesses

The tax relief seeks to support startups and other small businesses by reducing their corporate tax burden and compliance costs

Wio Bank new partnership

ADQ-backed Wio Bank, Paymentology partner to enhance SME banking

The digital bank offers SMEs seamless access to banking services while allowing them to move forward with innovative beyond-banking services

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

Chaitanya Peddi - Co-founder of Darwinbox

SME story: Darwinbox co-founder Chaitanya Peddi on HR tech and the firm’s partnership with Microsoft

HR tech firm Darwinbox and software giant Microsoft are collaborating to redefine the ‘future of work’

SCCI, EDB partnership

Sharjah Chamber, EDB review funding solutions for investors

The bank is a financial enabler of the UAE’s economic diversification and industrial transformation agenda

Investible Signing Event 27.02.23

Here’s how Hub71, Investible will support climate tech and other early-stage companies

The tech ecosystem’s startups will also gain access to Club Investible, a global network of more than 130 high-net-worth investors who provide capital and expertise

ADGM signs MoU with Zand Bank

Abu Dhabi Global Market, Zand Bank join hands to support SMEs

The entities will jointly drive UAE national work placements and offer finance training, SME financing platforms, a fintech sandbox and corporate innovation programmes


SME Story: Interview with Rami Shaar, CEO of Washmen (ShoeCare)

When sourcing new talent, it is essential that we leverage their skills and readjust their mentality to the way we work


SME Story: Interview with Prabhakar Posam, CEO of Patang

In terms of the blockchain and metaverse, the Web3 industry is still in the early adoption stage with limited participation

Hub71 is Masdar City's official startup ecosystem partner

Abu Dhabi’s Hub71 named Masdar City’s official startup ecosystem partner

The entities will identify opportunities to collaborate in areas including mobility, food, health, and climate action

ADGM partners with ADIB, Wio Bank and RAKBANK

Abu Dhabi Global Market partners with ADIB, Wio Bank, RAKBANK to support SMEs

The partnerships with ADIB and RAKBANK will focus on providing ADGM-registered and licensed businesses with preferential banking services

DP World partners with Emirates Development Bank to finance SME growth

DP World partners with Emirates Development Bank to finance SME growth

It includes a formal framework for both entities to provide SMEs with access to trade financing

Interview with Sami Khoreibi and Sebastien Wakim, founders of Wisewell

Wisewell is an installation-free water purification technology that uses full-spectrum filtration to turn tap water into the highest quality of mineralised water

Interview with Karthik Jayaraman, MD & co-founder of WayCool

Interview with Karthik Jayaraman, MD & co-founder of WayCool

India’s fastest-growing Agri-commerce company WayCool, recently forayed into UAE to offer tech stack solutions in the food economy

Hub71 launches Tech Barza an exclusive capital club for regional family offices

Hub71 launches capital club for family offices in Abu Dhabi

The ‘Tech Barza’ platform will encourage more family office participation to tap investment opportunities among high-growth tech companies in Abu Dhabi

Khaleelulla Baig co-founder and CEO Koinbasket

Interview with Khaleelulla Baig, co-founder and CEO of Koinbasket

Koinbasket lets you invest in diversified cryptocurrency portfolios and indexes, implementing a proprietary algorithmic approach to pick the best from 1000’s of crypto products in real time

Is MVP outsourcing right for your tech startup?

Is MVP outsourcing right for your tech startup?

We explore the pros and cons of outsourcing a minimum viable product for your company

Aramco Launches Taleed Program to Accelerate SME growth in Saudi Arabia

Aramco launches Taleed to accelerate SME growth in Saudi Arabia

The programme will provide SMEs a wide range of support from capability building and strategy development to training, market access, advisory services and business planning

Abu Dhabi’s twofour54 launches ‘The Community Hub’ to connect creative sector, startups

The Community Hub will offer businesses in the UAE and beyond access to a network of creative and media professionals

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

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

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

ECI SAif Zone sign agreement

Etihad Credit Insurance, Hamriyah Free Zone, SAIF Zone partner to support SMEs

Etihad Credit Insurance will offer its range of flexible trade credit insurance and financial solutions, including its Sharia-compliant insurance product to startups and SMEs operating in the free zones

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

UAE Korea Mou

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

Eight simple marketing strategies for small businesses

From listings and reviews to webchat and improving click-through rates, here are simple tips to help boost your business’ visibility