Ras2Ras Social Rating Platform Acquired By Qatari Investor

Sunday, June 13th, 2010

Ras2Ras, the Yemen-based online social rating and comparison platform, that was previously covered here, has been acquired by Qatari investor Ahmed Alaji. Ras2Ras, which was founded by Amad Almsaodi in 2008, was built around a very simple yet really interesting idea: putting any two comparable things against each other, and letting people vote on which [...]

AppsArabia, An Arabic Mobile Applications Development Fund

Monday, June 7th, 2010

Abu Dhabi’s twofour54 has recently announced it will be launching a new investment fund called ‘AppsArabia‘, which promotes and supports mobile app development throughout the Middle East and North Africa using the Software Development Kits (SDKs) of all the major mobile and online platforms (e.g. Android (Google), iPhone OS (Apple), BlackBerry, Facebook, OpenSocial and Ovi (Nokia)). [...]

What major obstacle did you face while looking to fund your project? [Poll Results]

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

In the latest poll on StartUpArabia, the question that was addressed to the entrepreneur readers was: What major obstacle did you face while looking to fund your project? The result of reader voting came out as follows: Out of 89 readers who responded to the poll: – 37% of them responded that it was initiating [...]

Abraaj Capital Acquires Riyada Ventures To Lead New SME Push

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

Abraaj Capital, the Dubai-based private equity firm has announced that it has signed a deal to fully acquire Riyada Ventures, the venture capital firm based in Jordan. The acquisition is at the core of a new push by Abraaj into the small and medium enterprise (SME) space, which is aimed at stimulating and supporting entrepreneurial [...]

UAE Based NeuString Receives Investment From Intel Capital

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

Intel Capital, Intel Corporation’s global investment arm, earlier announced an investment in NeuString, a leading UAE-based telecommunications analyst software company, further reaffirming Intel Capital’s commitment to investing in the region. The funding from Intel Capital is to assist NeuString in pursuing regional growth and development plans in addition to extending the company’s product offerings. NeuString [...]

4SITE Forum (Sustainability, Innovation, Technology & Entrepreneurship) – Beirut – November 17-18th 2009

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

4SITE Forum (Investing in Sustainability, Innovation, Technology & Entrepeneurship) is an event being held in Beirut, Lebanon, bringing together over 200 investors, innovators, and entrepreneurs in Lebanon and the Middle East region. The goal of the event is to promote innovation and entrepreneurship towards sustainable economic development and social impact. The event is organized by RootSpace [...]

Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority To Launch Global Technology Fund

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority (DSOA), the region’s largest integrated technology park, is planning to launch a global technology fund middle of next year. “Some of the investments will be from ourselves, some from local and regional investors and also international investors,” said Ray Milhem, the new chief technology officer of technology investment at DSOA. He said, [...]

Twofour54 Ibtikar Launches Creative Lab Media Industry Grant Fund For Young Arabs

Monday, October 19th, 2009

twofour54 ibtikar, the media industry funding and support pillar of twofour54 Abu Dhabi, has launched twofour54 ibtikar: creative lab, a grant funding scheme aimed at engaging with young Arabs and stimulating creativity in order to build a long term sustainable media industry in the Arab world. twofour54 ibtikar: creative lab offers grant funding and business [...]

Talasim One Of Six Winners At Seedcamp Week 2009

Saturday, September 26th, 2009

Seedcamp has announced the six winners of this year’s edition of Seedcamp Week, after an intense week of mentoring in London by a diverse mentor, investor and entrepreneur network. Among the six winners is Jordanian startup Talasim, an online social network and photo sharing service for comedy/funny content, which was founded by Zeid Koudsi and [...]

What major obstacle did you face while looking to fund your project? [Poll]

Monday, August 31st, 2009

A new poll has gone live on StartUpArabia, you can find it on the sidebar on the right or vote straight from this post. This poll is more targeted at startups and entrepreneurs who have sought funding for their project/business at one point or another, and tries to determine what kinds of obstacles they faced [...]

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