Weekly Wrap-Up: January 12-16

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Yes, we can (code)! Girls in Tech wants to build a girls tech community in Egypt

Yes we can code Girls in TechToday, many all-women coding groups exist as a result of an effort to refute the negative perception women have had to deal with in the tech world. Recently, Egypt’s own community of Girls in Tech was launched, headed by Mona Karam. Here’s what the group aspires to accomplish, and how they aim to effect positive change for the generations to come

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Egyptian app starts acceleration at Y Combinator in Silicon Valley

Ninja SMS joins Y CombinatiorNinja SMS is an SMS replacement app for phones running on Android that quickly went from being met with immediate success upon its launch, to joining the acceleration program at Y Combinator. Here’s what they will be focusing on next.

Souqalmal.com secures 1.2 million USD from Hummingbird to expand content, mobile site

Souqalmal secures investment from Hummingbird venturesFinancial comparison site Souqalmal.com has just announced investment from Hummingbird Ventures- here's what makes their service appealing to both clients and businesses, and what they're focusing on next.
Entrepreneurship in the Middle East and the fallacy of online isolation

LonelinessWhile some believe that most entrepreneurs are only engaging in shallow, self-promoting online interactions, several thinkers have quickly offered refuting arguments. Here’s why technology is not pushing new generations into silos, and may have paved the path for a new type of community to thrive.

European accelerator Rockstart targets entrepreneurs from the Arab world

Rockstart targets entrepreneurs in the MENAThree-year-old Amsterdam-based accelerator Rockstart specializes in startups working in mobile, web, and smart energy- and now, it has set its sights on startups from the region. Here’s what sets is apart from other accelerators, and how interested startups can apply.

Four ways to benefit from your competitors

Four ways to benefit from competitionCompetition may be a blessing in disguise. In this post, Wamda contributor Muhanad Sabha highlights four ways startups can benefit from their closest competition, and why they shouldn't ignore it.

Lebanon's Game Cooks launches new game, makes global top 50 list

Game Cooks releases Escape from ParadiseLebanese game developers Game Cooks have been very busy since their launch in 2012. Today, they release their latest title, Escape from Paradise, here’s more on the challenges the studio faces, what keeps them going, and why we think this title may be the best game they’ve created so far.

Trends in mobile advertising in the Middle East

Trends in mobile advertising in the Middle EastWhile global mobile ad spend is quickly increasing as a reaction to greater smartphone penetration rates and fine-tuned ad targeting abilities, mobile ad spend in the Middle East still lags behind. These figures will demonstrate exactly where growth has been measured, as well as forecasts for the years to come.

Ashoka Changemakers and GE reveal winners of the Women Powering Work competition

Ashoka Changemakers and GE reveal winners of Women Powering WorkIn the MENA, labor participation for women over the age of 15 is only 21 percent, but the challenges they face may not be specific to the region. Here’s what Ashoka Changemaker’s Marzena Zukowska suggests is a clear solution, and meet the 3 projects that won the Women Powering Work competition.

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