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MENA Venture Capital Industry in line for global boom in the technology sector

The Venture Capital industry in the Middle East and North Africa region is set to grow five-fold in the next three years, according to Dany Farha, CEO of BECO Capital, a regional Venture Capital firm focused on technology investments in the MENA region. Speaking at the Middle East Investment Conference in Kuwait today, Dany Farha said that this boom will be propelled by the UAE and Saudi Arabia occupying the number one and three spots i...

Middle East Tech Start-Ups Lure Large VC Funds

The Middle East and North African entrepreneurship scene has been abuzz of late with a rising number of start-ups, especially in the tech industry. High smartphone penetration rates and a growing e-commerce sector have made MENA a hotbed for tech start-ups, bringing a surge of investors in their wake eager to tap into the promising new business potential. “We look back in the last five years and those have been characterised by ...

Saudi Arabia Plans $270 Million Venture Fund for Startups

Saudi Arabia’s government and one of the country’s biggest banks plan to start a venture capital fund of as much as 1 billion riyals ($270 million) to invest in new technology companies. Riyad Capital, the investment banking arm of Riyad Bank (RIBL), will manage the fund, while Saudi Technology Development and Investment Co., a subsidiary of the Public Investment Fund, will provide seed capital, according to Adel Al Ateeq, head o...

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Business Plans & Pitching

10 Lessons From The Pitch: How To Pitch Your Startup And Win, SxSW Style

Mark Twain is often associated with the quote, “If I had more time, I would have written a shorter letter.” It was in fact Pascal who most likely first coined that phrase, but the point remains. It’s hard and takes time and effort to communicate concisely, whether a short memo, a letter or a business plan pitch. I had the privilege of judging two different pitch competitions during SxSW 2015: the SxSW Accelerator Finals and t...

4 Reasons Why Nobody Can Write Your Business Plan Better Than You

A solid, well-crafted business plan is essential to the success of every small business. You’ll be asked to provide a copy of your business plan when meeting with investors, asking for a bank loan or forging partnerships with other businesses in your industry. Unless you’re a skilled writer, you may be tempted to hire someone to create a literary masterpiece that you can pass around proudly. However, writing your own business pla...

Three steps to a great elevator pitch

Recently, I was standing at an entrepreneurship conference chatting with my former boss Ihsan Jawad, founder of Zawya.com, when a young entrepreneur who I had met earlier that day walked up and introduced himself. The entrepreneur shared how happy he was to have meet Ihsan, mentioning that magazine interview with the Zawya founder had inspired him to start his business. After being delighted with the flattering comment, Ihsan asked the...

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Fund Raising

Are Super Angel Investors Right for You?

Super angels raise funds like venture capitalists but invest early like angels and in sums between the two, on average from $250,000 to $500,000.

So if typical angel funding isn’t quite enough for your startup, and venture capital seems eons away, super angels might be a good in-between option.

What to Expect

In a world where VC money is the holy grail (and equally as hard to find as the holy grail), super angels are...

5 things Google Ventures guy Rich Miner looks for in startups

Rich Miner has a lot of startup cred. After all, he co-founded Android, the mobile business which sold to Google in 2005 and only turned into the world’s most widely-used mobile operating system. Now he’s general partner with Google Ventures and works out of a rapidly expanding building in Cambridge’s Kendall Square. Here are 5 criteria Miner uses to evaluate potential investments. Cabinet blueprint1: People first. What s...

Why Startups Should Not Take Money From Lots Of Investors

The way startups raise their initial round of funding is changing, and it might hurt them in the long haul. Traditionally, companies aim to receive large amounts of funding from a small number of investors. As Y Combinator partner Sam Altman writes in his blog post, the venture capital model is shifting toward "party rounds," where many investors (sometimes as many as 50) put up small amounts of money. This can become a serious issu...

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Marketing & Social Media

6 Social Media Monitoring Tools to Track Your Brand

Do you monitor online conversations? Are you looking for new tools to track your mentions? Whether you want to observe quietly, learn about your customers and what they’re looking for, respond to critics or simply engage in conversation, you need to know what people are saying. In this article I’ll share six tools to use to monitor mentions on blogs and social media. #1: Social Mention Social Mention is an excellent w...

3 Questions to Ask When Creating Social Media Goals

Setting social media goals that are the right balance of realistic and challenging is incredibly difficult. For those of you just starting out on social media, or those who haven’t been tracking your previous social media results very diligently, it can feel especially confusing. Establishing new goals might seem like a daunting task, but in reality, it’s very manageable, especially for small businesses. But as with all bus...

9 Steps to Entrepreneur Real Social Media Results

If you are an entrepreneur these days, or trying to grow an existing business, everyone is telling you that you need to use social media. There are many ‘experts’ out there telling you how to do it, or even offering their services. But very few are talking about how to measure your results, and the right metrics for optimizing your marketing environment. Jim Sterne, who has written many books on Internet advertising, marketing, a...

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Start-Ups & Entrepreneurship

20 Inspiring Quotes on How to Build a Successful Startup

Startups have always been hard. Even when you think you are putting in your best, it may not be enough to pull it off. Truthfully, most people fail. But don't give up on your dream just yet. If you really believe that you have something amazing to share with the world (and there is a market for it), go for it. Don't be discouraged by the number of times you have tried and failed, but be inspired by the number of people who have failed a...

7 Brilliant Concepts Of Jeff Bezos And Jack Ma To Succeed In Ecommerce

“A real businessman or entrepreneur has no enemies. Once he understand this, the sky’s the limit.”- Jack Ma (Ma Yun), Founder and Chairman- Alibaba Group “Start with the customer and work backwards”- Jeff Bezos, Founder, Chairman & CEO- Amazon.com The celebrity entrepreneurs Mr. Jack Ma of Alibaba.com and Jeff Bezos of Amazon.com needs no further introduction. They are undoubtedly the most talented entrepreneurs that cha...

How Tel Aviv Became The Start Up Capitol Of The World

Israel has over 4,800 startup companies making its nickname “startup nation” all the more accurate. Many American companies are catching on and making the move to Tel Aviv, even Microsoft and Google are in on the action. The region has over 24 accelerator programs, Venture Capital groups picking up Israeli startups (700 of the 4,800 are VC backed) and even some, like Sequoia and Benchmark, building full offices in the area. Th...

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