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Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed forms new board of Abu Dhabi’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry

The board will represent vital sectors and companies of all sizes across the emirate

Saudi automotive startup Speero closes $1.8m pre-series A funding round

Launched in 2017, Speero is a digital platform for automotive after-sales

Why UAE entrepreneurs must listen to this podcast

Entrepreneur, author and philanthropist Shailesh Dash has launched The Entrepreneurial Dash, a podcast that offers guidance and motivation to budding entrepreneurs

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

Sheikh Mohammed launches new platforms to support startups and investors in the UAE

The UAE will also host a new Investopia Investment Summit in March 2022

Intelak Hub

Dubai’s Intelak Hub announces 2021 programmes for aviation and tourism startups

Startups that wish to participate in the incubator and accelerator programmes can be based anywhere in the world

Desert Control

Desert Control joins Dubai’s in5’s alumni network after raising Dhs85m in IPO

Desert Control is ready to launch its commercial rollout of liquid natural clay that turns deserts into fertile land

Dubai Chamber TikTok

Dubai Chamber partners with TikTok to launch training programmes for SMEs and startups

The Dubai Chamber – TikTok Academy will offer a four-week educational programme to help businesses develop social media marketing strategies

Dubai SME Ztartup

Dubai SME launches digital health business incubator Ztartup

The incubator provides two specialised programmes – one for business incubation and the other for business accelerators

Ten startups graduate from 2021 Techstars Hub71 accelerator programme in Abu Dhabi

Participating startups hope to secure a total of $15m in funding

Crypto firms got more funding last quarter than in all of 2020

The funding surge is happening as Bitcoin hits record highs

Amina Grimen and Ayat Toufeeq, co-founders at Poweder.ae

The SME Story: Amina Grimen and Ayat Toufeeq, co-founders of Powder.ae

Powder.ae is a direct-to-consumer, content-led e-commerce business focused on retailing clean beauty and skincare in the Middle East

Melda Akin, founder and CEO of D14.AI

The SME Story: Melda Akin, founder and CEO of D14.AI 

D14.AI is a Dubai-based tech company providing an AI-driven software platform for healthcare clinics, gyms and logistics companies to optimise their workforce and manage their business operations

Etihad Hub71

Etihad to become official partner of Abu Dhabi’s tech startup venture Hub71

Hub71, is a flagship initiative of Ghadan 21, Abu Dhabi’s accelerator programme for business in the capital

Ben Kinerman-Daltrey KinFitz & Co

The SME Story: Ben Kinerman-Daltrey, co-founder of KinFitz & Co

KinFitz & Co is a sales recruitment, training and coaching business, working specifically with startups and SMEs

UAE-based startup North Ladder secures $5m Series A funding

North Ladder is a trading platform for pre-owned luxury assets and electronics

Aramex

Dubai Economy partners with Aramex to offer customised solutions for startups, freelancers

Aramex will provide DED Trader licence holders with Domestic and International Express delivery solutions, and comprehensive freight services and logistics assistance

Abu Dhabi’s Hub71 community passes 100 startups

Hub71-based startups have raised Dhs185m since its launch in March 2019

Hub71 announces new academic partnerships to grow digital talent in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi Decoded expert series returns on February 10 with stellar lineup

Saudi Arabia Riyadh

Saudi Arabia attracts record $152m in startup funding in 2020

Saudi startup ecosystem was the fastest growing in MENA, Magnitt report shows

Over $1bn piled into MENA-based startups in 2020

The UAE, Egypt and Saudi Arabia accounted for 68 per cent of the total deals disclosed in 2020

Dubai Airshow

Dubai Airshow to return in 2021, discuss future of the aviation sector

The event, taking place from November 14 –18, will serve as a platform for the innovation within the industry during Covid-19

Prince Khaled’s KBW Ventures joins $6.2m funding round for US biotech startup

TurtleTree Labs produces milk using cell-based technology

Gitex 2020: Autism startup takes home Gitex Future Stars top award

Abu Dhabi-based Jade Autism wins Supernova Challenge and top prize of $50,000

Saudi Telecom’s CEO quits after two years

A search for a successor is underway

Exclusive: Dubai Chamber’s CEO on the emirate’s recovery from the pandemic and increasing focus on startups

Companies are reinventing their business models and fast-tracking digital strategies as they prepare for a post-pandemic recovery, opines Hamad Buamim

DIFC set to grow its fintech base with new ‘Innovation Hub’

Startups benefit from access to industry experts, mentors and partner organisations

Bahrain

Bahrain boosts access to funding for SMEs, startups

Changes in law allows small enterprises to fundraise via convertible notes and employee shares schemes

SME Revival: The 20 beneficiaries revealed

Motivate Media Group, along with an expert panel, has selected 20 SMEs as the beneficiaries of the $1m initiative

Dubai Design District extends support to Lebanon’s design industry

d3 offers Lebanese designers and startups space to rebuild after the August port blast

Exclusive: Regional venture capitalist Noor Sweid on the startup ecosystem

Noor Sweid, founder and partner of Global Ventures, on how the startup ecosystem has coped with the pandemic