Wamda Research Lab: Insights, reports and interviews from the MENA region.

Data Nuggets

Corporations in the Internet/IT (40%), media (57%), and telecoms (100%) sectors experience or anticipate technological disruption.

89% of corporations and 94% of startups see value in partnering with one another.

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48% of MENA healthtec startups have the potential to serve people around the world, addressing quality, access, and costs of healthcare.

Egypt and the UAE have the most startup health activity in MENA, followed by Palestine, Lebanon, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia, respectively.

Data Nuggets

Company size of TA Telecom quadrupled between 2006 and 2008 and then more than doubled between 2011 and 2014.

Revenue of TA Telecom grew 560% in five years (2009-2014), ranking on Deloitte’s Fast 500 EMEA and Fast 50 Africa.

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Of the largest 100 companies, 77 in the US and 49 in MENA collaborate with startups.

Of the collaborating companies in the US, 50% have a strategic approach compared to 14% in MENA.

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80+% of new ecosystem institutions created since 2010 have been launched by local MENA stakeholders.

68% of UAE startups said finding talent was a challenge.