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

Data Nuggets

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.

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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.