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

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Kharabeesh generates revenue primarily through online advertising.

Until September 2013, YouTube monetization was only available in three Arab countries.

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By and large digital Arabic content (DAC) creators in MENA must rely on the advertising model to generate revenues.

DAC creators have few opportunities to generate revenue through advertising and thus face difficulties in sustaining and scaling.

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Although entrepreneurs with mentors tend to have more access to strategic resources, nearly half of the entrepreneurs don’t have a mentor.

Higher percentages of mentored entrepreneurs received access to angel investment, venture capital firms, and incubators than non-mentored entrepreneurs.

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3-fold increase in investments in startups between 2009 and 2012.

76% of surveyed entrepreneurs intend to deepen or expand their activities over the next two years into other countries.

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68% of EdTech startups in MENA cite a lack of funding as key challenge.

58% of EdTech startups come from Jordan and Egypt.