Weekly Wrap-Up: February 02-04

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Big announcements definitely marked our week at Wamda! From a $100 million USD acquisition deal in Turkey, to an unlimited streaming service for $1 USD in Lebanon, to a crowdfunding campaign reaching its goal in less than one week, the Arab region definitely had its share of victories this week, and these are just a few. - Reine

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This week, in announcements from startups

Health portal WebTeb partners with famous Egyptian chef

WebTeb partners with Manal Al AlemWhat does Arabic health and lifestyle portal WebTeb’s delicious partnership with Egyptian chef Manal Al-Alem mean? Here’s how it aims to help viewers make healthy, nutritional choices.

Recyclobekia partners with Jumia and launches individual e-waste recycling

RecyclobekiaEgyptian startup Recyclobekia recently extended their e-waste collection service to include pickup from individuals. Here’s how they are extending their network of recycling.

Egyptian job site Wuzzuf joins 500 Startup’s acceleration program

Wuzzuf joins international accelerator programEarlier this week, we reported that Egyptian startup Wuzzuf was selected from 1,400 startups that had applied for the 500 Startups’ seed fund accelerator program. More on the recruiting site and what the program includes.

Poupée Couture becomes another Eureeca success story

Poupee coutureTen days after the launch of its crowdinvestment campaign on Eureeca, luxury brand Poupée Couture has raised almost $20,000 USD over its initial goal. Here’s the story behind the brand, and what its founder will spend the investment money on.

Anghami launches ‘industry disruptive’ $1 music streaming service

Anghami partners with AlfaIt has been a very interesting year of discovery for Anghami: the startup has been hard at work fine-tuning its design, launching new platforms, and partnering with labels. This week, the mobile and web music streaming platform announced a partnership with mobile operator Alfa. Here’s what it means for its users.

Turkish m-commerce solutions company Pozitron acquired by UK’s Monitise

Pozitron acquired by MonitiseEarlier this week, UK company Monitise acquired Turkish mobile commerce technology company Pozitron. Here’s more on the Turkish startup, and why Monitise represents a perfect match.

Now serving one billion ads per month, Hsoub looks to the future

Hsoub recently announced a new milestone, that of handling one billion ads per month. Here’s more on the direction the platform may take this year.

 

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