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Increased Corporate Appetite in the MENA Region

The MENA entrepreneurial ecosystem has been attracting global and regional attention, with an increased investor appetite and interest in the region’s startups. In terms of investment, $674 million was invested in 255 deals in 2018 with the UAE dominating the entrepreneurial activity with the highest share of investors, number of deals, and value of deals,
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Lebanon: A Thriving Startup Ecosystem

Ever since the implementation of Circular 331 of the Central Bank of Lebanon, the Lebanese entrepreneurial ecosystem thrived making Lebanon one of the capitals of digital innovation in the MENA. As a result, more accelerators, venture capitals, and ecosystem support programs followed suit. Given the space to grow, entrepreneurs are thinking digitally, are oriented to
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Growth and Growth Process

Growth hacking is a great method for startups that it is pretty foolproof and much less risky than traditional marketing and product development. Another thing that differs in growth hacking from traditional marketing, is that it includes the complete user journey, from acquiring to referring. It ensures that those people discover your product, fall in
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Chatbots and AI Will Disrupt Customer Experience

The reason behind the popularity of chatbots is that they provide businesses with great competitive advantage by improving customer retention and attracting more potential customers. Combining machine learning and AI with technology platforms such as instant messaging apps and mobile devices, chatbots are proving to be the most effective way for businesses to directly reach
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Zima: Enhanced ISP Management

Internet service providers (ISP), tend to face technical challenges of system set up and maintenance in addition to bearing the high costs of servers whilst setting up. This is where Zima, the brainchild of Naim Zard and Fouad Farah, steps in. MITEF Pan Arab Alumni, Zima, is a software platform that helps small community ISPs manage their
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CloudSale: Revolutionizing HoReCa Procurement

Mohammed and Hani El Hoss, as well as their family, have been supplying to the HoReCa industry for over 15 years, which accounts for 20% of Lebanese workers, and 19% of the Lebanese GDP. They conducted a survey in which they learnt that almost half the businesses purchase non-food items twice a month in a
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Live Love Recycle: Nothing Goes to Waste

Lebanon faces a waste management crisis. In 2015, our nation was covered in plastic with photos spreading all over the globe. Its people were furious, sad, and confounded to see the roads, rivers, seas, hills, and valleys full of untreated waste. Our government attempted to fast remedy this issue by adding fresh waste sites instead
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Degree Fraud: a Thing of the Past with BlocRecs

Degree fraud is unfortunately a common phenomenon observed in Lebanon. In October, the Higher Education Council fined 3 universities as a judicial investigation was launched into allegations the institutions were involved in cash-for-degrees schemes. LAU student Hanady Al Ahmadieh saw the problem and wanted to change the situation. She was learning about blockchain and “how
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