Among them is Fattoum Nasser. She was a teenager when the conflict started in Libya. “The war and its consequences have triggered my entrepreneurial endeavor,” affirms Nasser. The 21-year-old English-Arabic translation student has proven that innovation can come out of a war. She developed Yummy, a food delivery application designed to help female cooks grow their business, and is one of the winners of Enjazi Startup Competition.
The MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab and in partnership with Touch Lebanon and Tamkeen Bahrain and with the support of Tech Wadi flew 12 Bahraini and Lebanese startups to San Francisco to take part of a fully immersive Silicon Valley experience in California.
The third edition of Innovate for Refugees, an initiative by the MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab, kicked off on August 1 with the support of Agility, GCC Services, Zain Jordan and ZINC, and MBC Hope, in addition to over 30 community partners.
In a busy city like Dubai, health and time management don’t always match: unhealthy dietary habits and the lack of physical activity – outdoor exercise is impossible in the scorching heat - are common in this melting pot city. By the same token, a healthy bowl of fresh vegetables and fruit is pricier than an unhealthy but convenient fast meal for the busy professional.
Check out the highlights from the panel discussion on what Silicon Valley investors look for in MENA startups with Sharif El Badawi of 500 Startups and Tarek Fahim of Endure Capital moderated by Sharifa AlBarami, Managing Director at Oman Technology Fund.
While millions of refugees around the world lack hope of returning home, local integration in host countries has become a necessity and a gradual process with legal, economic, social and cultural implications. This is the underlying reason for the creation of OpenEmbassy, a winner of MIT’s Enterprise Forum Pan Arab Innovate for Refugees competition (IFR) in 2016.
Spike, an alumnus of the MIT Enterprise Forum Arab Startup, is a mobile application that serves as a diabetes assistant and insulin self-management device. Addressing a public health issue that affects hundreds of millions of people worldwide, the Spike App helps diabetics improve their disease management process.
Out of 174 applications from female founders of 34 nationalities from across the region, Zelij of Morocco and Sadeed of Jordan both MIT EF Pan Arab alumni were selected to go through the four-month accelerator program for early stage startups.
Among the MIT EF Pan Arab long list of startups alumni is Fabric Aid, a second-hand clothes collector and distributor based in Lebanon. In less than ten months, the startup recruited 20 full-time employees, and improved the life of more than 3,000 people living in Lebanon with high quality clothes at affordable prices.
During the speed mentoring activity at the 11th Arab Startup Competition Final Event in Oman last April, we asked three of our mentors about the most common questions entrepreneurs ask them and their top piece of advice.