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Weekly Wrap-Up: February 24-28
This week, we got to hang out with a number of entrepreneurs and leaders from the ecosystem. We were very glad to host Elias Ghanem of PayPal at the Wamda offices, as we got the chance to ask him questions pooled from our community. We're really looking forward to connecting with you all during our upcoming Mix N' Mentor Roadshow.
As the date for Mix N' Mentor Cairo is drawing near, we invite all of you who are interested in attending but couldn't find tickets to register your name on our waiting list.
After first hearing of PayPal's expansion into the Middle East on Wamda, our readers often came to us with specific questions on when, where, and how this expansion will be carried out. We polled our community for their questions and sat with PayPal. Check out their answers in this interview.
- 01 March - New Arab Woman Forum (NAWF)
- 01 March - Cairo Service Jam, Beirut Service Jam
- 01 March - Startup Weekend Tunis, Startup Weekend Izmir, Startup Weekend Byblos
- 02 March - Hult Prize Final Award Ceremony
- 04 March - 9 Workshops for You and Your Business
- 06 March - 2013 MENA ICT Forum
- 06 March - Innovations Against Poverty Launch Event
Articles you Might have Missed
This week, Facebook announced a partnership with telecom operators in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Egypt, to offer discounted access to its Messenger mobile application. Will this be Facebook's leap to surpass Whatsapp, Viber, and Skype use in the region? Find out what Editor in Chief Nina had to say about it in this post.
Getting around in Dubai or Abu Dhabi can get somewhat tricky if you don't have a car, and don't have the time to wait and hail a cab. This is where Careem comes in. Check out the services they offer and what benefit you get if you're a member of WamdaCard in this post.
Last week, we asked members of the Wamda community what book they would recommend to individuals looking to start up. These are the top 15 books from your suggestions that came highly recommended.
One of Lebanon's gaming startups, Gamabox, has just made their debut in game development with the launch of their first title, Ali Hood. Follow this character as he braves deserts, dungeons, and more to rescue allies. Find out what their business model for this game is, and what our Features editor Glen thought about it in this post.
Last week at Silatech's recent Arab Youth & Entrepreneurship conference, Wamda CEO and Yamli founder Habib Haddad gave a workshop on Accelerating the Entrepreneurship Ecosystem in the Arab World. What are the roles that Human Capital, Finance, Culture, Policy, and Markets each play? Find out what Habib and other experts had to say about it in this post. Don't miss his presentation, also in the post!
Nidal Eses spent 25 years of his life working for giants in Jordan like Nuqul Group. Then, he decided to turn towards supporting entrepreneurs by founding Eses4 Ventures, an investment-holding company, and building Zee Launch Pad, Amman's first co-working space. Find out more about the venue and what its revenue model is in this post.
Egyptian startup 25trends was launched in 2011 as a way to monitor and analyze conversations on social media around specific topics, including celebrities, politicians, elections, or consumer brands. This week, 25trends released a report highlighting social media trends in Egypt. What are their peak activity times on Facebook? What language do the Egyptians prefer to use online? Find out this and more in this report.
This week, we witnessed the kickoff of the Social Enterprise Week under the theme of "Business as Usual". Find out what the attendees think are the factors defining the future of social enterprises, and what other high-energy events are on their agenda in this post.
CircleTie is not your regular location-based check-in app. Built and launched in Egypt two years ago, this startup is doing things very differently. Findout how in this post.
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