This past year has been an incredibly dynamic one for the entrepreneurship ecosystem across the Middle East and North Africa. We have witnessed more exits than ever before, record-breaking investment deals and the continued boom of digitisation across industries. The startup ecosystems across the region differ in their levels of maturity, but one thing is becoming clear – innovation is a necessity and startups are a crucial part of enabling innovation.
Below is a small sample of our top stories of 2021:
- The VC map of Saudi Arabia
- India’s startup expansion to Mena: A cause for concern?
- The Abraham Accords and its impact on the 48er ecosystem
- Will Bitcoin valuations drop this year?
- Why Mumzworld is a unique story for the Arab region
- E-commerce’s next wave of growth is in B2B
- Anghami’s story is one to celebrate and emulate
- The startups tackling food waste in Mena
- Is the region ready for femtech?
- Can Saudi Arabia become the region’s fintech frontrunner?
- How we pivoted our startup with grace
- Ride hailing in Egypt: A global tug of war
- Can direct-to-consumer maintain its momentum in Mena?
- Has last-mile delivery reached its saturation point?
- Iraq’s big new opportunity
- A look at Kitopi’s three-year journey
We also published two reports this year:
How Covid-19 unlocked the adoption of e-commerce in the Mena region, published in partnership with the The Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship at MIT.
The impact of Covid-19 on the state of mental health and wellbeing of entrepreneurs in Mena, published in partnership with Microsoft for Startups.