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Weekly Wrap-Up: March 31- April 4
Whether you're at the beginning of your entrepreneurial journey, about to make an exceptional exit, or just observing the Arab market, check this week's posts for a glimpse of what might be the next big trend in the region.
Wamda Announces Mix N' Mentor Doha
This month, the team will be heading to Doha for the second stop of the 2013 Mix N' Mentor Roadshow. This event is in partnership with Silatech and the MIT Enterprise Forum Arab Startup Competition. Find out more about it here and register here - we're thrilled to be heading your way!
- 06 April - Flat6Labs Summer Cycle Deadline
- 15 April - Bader Business Plan Competition in Egypt
- 18 April - Startup Weekend Cairo
- 18 April - TIEC 'Start IT' Business Plan Competition
Articles you Might have Missed
The number of Qatari citizens battling obesity is on the rise, but this startup aims to provide them with all the support they need to get fit, in the form of delicious organic, low-cal meals or nutrience-packed juices. Find out what their plans are in this post.
With so many success stories originating from hackerspaces/makerspaces, it's no surprise that the Arab world, with the recent surge of local and community initatives, is adopting the trend. Find out where the next revolutionary idea might be coming from here.
Last month, the Egyptian Technology Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center (TIEC) launched “Start IT”, a business plan competition targeting entrepreneurs - and the deadline for submissions is coming up! How did their launch go? Find out in this post.
Can this startup compete with Google for ad space? Launched with a few hundred dollars a couple of years ago, Hsoub is already serving more than 200 million ads/month to the Arab region. How did they pull it off?
After Mix N' Mentor Cairo, a number of entrepreneurs from Gaza contacted us, expressing their regret at not being able to make it into Cairo for the event. So, after discussing the issue with some of the mentors in our network, we decided to host a live mentorship session to connect with a few of these inspirational entrepreneurs from Gaza. Watch it here.
This week, we chose to feature a great piece written by one of our readers, WebTeb CEO Mahmoud Kaiyal on our Community blog. What, in his opinion, is Egypt's true treasure? Find out in this post.
With trust in the usual banking systems on the decline, entrepreneurs and other small to medium-sized enterprises have been resorting to a new model that is more in line with their needs: peer-to-peer lending. What does this mean for entrepreneurs and what are the possible drawbacks? Find out in this post.
Realizing there was a big gap in localized Arabic content, especially when it comes to cartoon animation, these two entrepreneurs merged their efforts to launch BeeLabs. Their 3 releases average on 14,000 downloads each. But how are they doing? Find out in this post.
Today, there is a high probability that you don't limit your hires to people located in the same country. So how do you manage a virtual team, aside from the common tip of "keeping communication channels open"? Check out these 5 uncommon tips.
Hear from the crowd:
- What is the best pitch you heard today?
- What advice did you learn at Mix N' Mentor Cairo?
- What challenges are Arab entrepreneurs facing today?
- What do you buy online?
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