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Sharjah Media City "Shams" wraps up the first edition of "Shams Creative Fest"

Dubai: Sharjah Media City "Shams" successfully concluded the inaugural edition of the "Shams Creative Fest," a three-day event held at Shams Business Center. The festival witnessed extensive participation from startup owners, craftsmen, and creative artists who showcased their projects and artistic innovations to festival-goers.Sharjah Media City aims to establish a fresh approach to entrepreneurship by embracing innovative ideas that enhance creative industries. The city enables small and medium-sized companies, along with entrepreneurs, to engage in various creative sectors. It promotes the spirit of creative entrepreneurship, stimulates business growth, and fosters a vibrant ecosystem for innovators to thrive, learn, and collaborate.Shihab Alhamadi, Managing Director of Sharjah Media City "Shams," expressed, "The first edition of the Shams Creative Fest achieved remarkable success, embracing numerous local talents and creations. It provided them with an opportunity to connect and interact with community members, showcase their innovative projects, and inspire them to pursue their creative passions. This further supports their exposure to a wider audience."Alhamadi further stated, "Sharjah Media City is committed to organizing more events and festivals that cater to this segment of the community. We aim to expand our coverage to include additional fields and new categories, promoting creativity and offering opportunities for success. These efforts strengthen Sharjah's position as a thriving hub for innovation and entrepreneurship. Shams is dedicated to creating opportunities for investing in talented individuals, aspiring entrepreneurs, and fostering an environment that supports startups in developing and growing their projects, providing them with the necessary support for success."The festival attracted a notable turnout from diverse nationalities and age groups who enjoyed numerous entertainment activities, creative workshops, live musical performances, and engaging competitions. Attendees also relished a variety of Arab and Western cuisine available at the festival's food stalls.Sharjah Media City (Shams) upholds the Sharjah work system, which revolves around people and its noble mission of empowering individuals through unique creative industries. This mission aims to drive progress, enhance societal well-being, and bolster the Emirate of Sharjah's economic performance, diversity, and competitiveness.With the conclusion of the "Shams Creative Fest," Sharjah Media City reinforces its unwavering commitment to enhancing creativity and nurturing local talents. It underscores its pivotal role in providing platforms and essential opportunities for creators and startup owners to realize their aspirations and achieve success.
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Dubai to host Grand Finale of Eureka! GCC 2023

Dubai: Dubai is set to host the grand finale of Eureka! GCC 2023, Asia's largest business model competition, later this month in the presence of the UAE’s Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence, His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan.The Eureka! GCC finale at the Habtoor Palace, Dubai on May 26 will feature ten finalists, chosen from amongst 150 business plans from aspiring entrepreneurs and budding startup founders after a rigorous competition over seven months to assess their innovative ventures and commercial concepts. Each finalist will pitch their business ideas to a panel of prominent investors, venture capitalists, CEOs and industry leaders, to win the coveted Eureka! GCC title and a share of prizes worth US$100,000.Participants in the sector-agnostic competition, now in its second year, received a holistic entrepreneurship programme featuring business insight and knowledge, mentorship and other training appropriate for early-stage startup companies. Following an extensive screening process, 27 semi-finalist teams were selected to participate in advanced entrepreneurship training, with tailored workshops focusing on effective business planning and personalized mentoring from seasoned industry professionals over a five-week period. Ten finalists were chosen, based on mentors’ recommendations and business reports. The Eureka! GCC 2023 competition is powered once more by Gulf Islamic Investments (GII), a leading UAE-based Shari’ah-compliant global alternative investment company with over US$3 billion of assets under management. Its co-Founder and co-CEO, Pankaj Gupta commented, “Startups have the potential to create significant business growth and have already made a significant impact on the GCC economy in the past decade. Eureka! GCC provides the right platform for entrepreneurs to develop and launch their ideas, showcase their ventures, network with potential investors, and fast-track their growth.”Mr Gupta added, “We are most grateful for the support received from government ministries and industry leaders, which has undoubtedly contributed to the success of this entrepreneurship programme.”
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QDB, Microsoft Qatar partner to foster innovation, accelerate startups and SMEs

Doha: Entrepreneurs and innovators in Qatar will now have access to a wide range of technologies and tools to propel their success thanks to a new partnership between Qatar Development Bank and Microsoft. The partnership aims to accelerate the digital transformation of startups and SMEs and to foster innovation as part of QDB’s integrated efforts to bolster the local entrepreneurship ecosystem and talent pool as well as Qatar’s position as a regional innovation and technology hub.The partnership will enable SMEs to benefit from emerging technologies, leveraging Microsoft Cloud to improve performance, boost productivity, reduce costs, and develop innovative solutions.The initiative will also provide SMEs with the opportunity to build their digital skills through the Microsoft Learn platform, which equips entrepreneurs, leaders and employees with the necessary skills to leverage cloud technology to accelerate digital transformation and achieve growth in a knowledge-based economy.Startups under Qatar Development Bank’s umbrella will also now have access to Microsoft’s Founders Hub, a platform that brings together people, knowledge, and technology to help founders solve challenges in every stage of their ambitious journey.Microsoft will also offer access to learning tools to enable entrepreneurs and startups to leverage cloud technology such as artificial intelligence, data analytics and the Internet of Things to launch a successful business.Commenting on this partnership, Mr. Abdulrahman Hesham Al Sowaidi, Acting CEO of QDB said: “This partnership provides access to an advanced set of digital platforms, and guarantees the readiness of our innovators and startups to pursue aspirations that fall in line with our goals of developing Qatar's entrepreneurship ecosystem and strengthening the country's position as a center for innovation and technological excellence.”Lana Khalaf, General Manager, Microsoft Qatar, expressed her enthusiasm about the partnership with Qatar Development Bank which aligns with the company’s investments to empower in the startups and SMEs ecosystem in Qatar. She said, "Startups and SMEs play a pivotal role in accelerating Qatar’s digital economy and its position as an innovation hub for investment. Through this initiative, businesses will have access to the latest cloud technologies and digital skills needed to achieve their business goals and contribute to Qatar’s economic growth and development. This partnership supports our efforts to be the preferred and trusted partner for cloud innovation for all sectors of the economy in Qatar."QDB’s partnership with Microsoft is the latest in a series of initiatives to bolster capacity development and build a diversified entrepreneurship ecosystem that drives economic development.
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Egypt's Entrepreneur Awards unveils third edition shortlist

Cairo: Egypt's Entrepreneur Awards (EEA), the first platform in Egypt that recognises, and connects Egypt's most innovative, successful, and resilient entrepreneurs, announced a total of 35 shortlisted candidates, as selected by 38 prominent jury members across 11 categories.This year’s edition brought new categories including “Next Gen Intrapreneur of the Year”, “Rising Entrepreneur of the Year”, “Entrepreneur for Good Award” and “From Art to Business”Across all the categories, the 3rd edition of the competition received 286 applications entrepreneurs, and after significant deliberations by a panel of distinguished jury members, 35 numbers of nominees were chosen as finalists.Amr Mansi, EEA’s Founder and CEO, spoke at the shortlisting ceremony about how these finalists, and previous editions’ finalists and winners, are distinguished by their innovative and successful businesses and their tangible impact on their respective industries. “We created this platform three years ago with a mission to recognize local, and now regional entrepreneurs, in a way that acknowledges their journey to success that has not been done before. Through challenging times, these entrepreneurs have shown resilience and created real value for their industries in innovative and tangible ways such as product market fit, growth and financial stability, as well as social impact. They are an unseen force contributing to this economy and a source of inspiration for the next generation of entrepreneurs.” Mansi also thanked EEA’s jury members, who are some of Egypt’s most dynamic and inspirational entrepreneurs, business leaders and industry pioneers.For the first time, the shortlisting event witnessed the “Ideation Competition” that is created by EEA & MINT by EGBANK. The competition targets young entrepreneurs from the age of 18 till 29 years. The young entrepreneurs presented their ideas and will be chosen based on the clarity, usability and scalability of this idea, in addition to its impact socially, environmentally, economically or financial benefits for the community and stakeholders.The jury members will meet to deliberate and interview the finalists over the next few weeks. Selected winners from the 14 categories will be announced at the awards ceremony on the 10th of June in Cairo.EEA is presented by IEvents and powered by Tatweer Misr. The official Bank partner: EGBANK. Orange and Pepsico are both co- partners for this year’s edition.Official Media Partner: Startup scene. Industrial Partner: El Sewedy electric, Official Fashion Partner: Concrete, Payment Solutions Partner: Geidea,Supported by Partner; Dolato Supported by partner; Nestlé. Tech partner: collard, TV Partner; Al Sharq Business , Radio Partners; Nile & Nogoum FM, Ecosystem Partners; She wins Arabia by IFC, Mint by EGBANK, American Chamber( AMCHAM), Endeavor, Entrepreneurs Organizations (EO) and SYNDO. Digital Partner; Yellow & Co, Post production partner; Snappers. Design House; Amr Helmy DesignsBelow are the finalists who have been shortlisted for each category:Fashion Business Award: Maram Aboul Enein -Founder & Creative Director MARAM , Aya Abdelraouf     - Co-Founder BE IDNIE Mounaz Abdelraouf - Co-Founder BE INDIE, Mohamed Abdelraouf - Co-Founder BE INDIE, Vano Alexanian - Co-Founder BE INDIE , Ahmed Hamdi - Founder & Creative Director Nile Eye WearInterior Design Award: Heba El Gabaly - Founder & CEO Efreshli, Nourhan Kanjo - Co-founder & Managing Director KANJO Design House , Dayana Kanjo - Co-founder and Managing Director KANJO Design House, Ahmed Dsuki - Chief Designer BLCK, Amena Mashhour - Chief Designer BLCKFrom Art to Business: Mustafa Sharara - Co-Founder & CEO SYNC School, Omar Heraize - Co-founder & Chief Content Officer SYNC School , Abdelrahman Selim - Co Founder & CEO 2oolameme, Sarah Aboulkhair - Co Founder & CCO 2oolameme, Layla Ghaleb - Co Founder GOODSPACE, Mahmoud Shoukry - Co Founder GOODSPACE.Next Gen Entrepreneur of the Year: Nada El Ahwal - Chief Strategy Officer Transmar, Mohamed Khattab - EVP, b_labs & Digital Commerce B Tech, Mohamed El Kahhal - Managing Director Kahhal 1871Digital Solutions & Customer Experience Award: Rafik Zaher - Co founder Cartona, Mahmoud Talaat- Co founder & CEO Cartona, Mohamed Younes - Co founder & CEO Khazenly , Mohamed Montasser - Co Founder & Chief Experience Officer Khazenly , Osama Al Jammali       - Co Founder & CCO Khazenly , Ahmed Dewidar - Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer Khazenly , Ahmad Yousry - CEO Rabbit Mart , Ismail Hafez - COO Rabbit Mart , Tarek El Geresy - CFO           Rabbit Mart , Walid Shabana - CTO Rabbit Mart Mohammed Elhorishy - Co Founder & CEO Taager, Abdelrahman Sherief - Co Founder & VP of Growth Taager, Ismail Omar - Co Founder and CTO   Taager, Ahmed Ezzat Kadous - CEO & Co-Founder Pharmacy Marts, Haitham El-Ghotni - Co-Founder & CBO Pharmacy Marts - Ahmed Mazhar - Co-Founder & CSO Pharmacy Marts, Mahmoud Shousha - Co-Founder & Sales Head Pharmacy MartsRising Entrepreneur of the Year: Mohamed Wahid - Founder & CEO Impactyn, Ali Mokhtar - Co-founder & Head of Investment          Impactyn, Amr Zikry- Co-founder & Head of Operations Impactyn, Ramy Radwan           - Co-founder & PR Advisor Impactyn, Omar El Defrawy - Chief Executive Officer Slyndr, Andrew Morcos - Chief Operating Officer Slyndr, Moataz El Etreby - Chairman    Slyndr, Amr Gamal - Co Founder & CEO Octane, Ziad el Adawy - Co Founder & CCO Octane, Hatem Farag - Co Founder & COO Octane, Hatem Mamoun - Co Founder & Engineering Director OctaneEntrepreneur for Good Award: Mustafa Abd Ellatif - Co Founder & CEO E-Youth, DR. Ahmed Fathy- Co Founder & CEO MEDEX, Dr. Ahmed Ibrahim - Co Founder & Ph. Manager MEDEX, Rawia Saeid - Co Founder & Marketing & PR MEDEX, Karim Dabbous - Co founder & CEO E-TadweerExperiential Dining Business Award: Amr Barghash - Co Founder The Sage Experience , Ahmed El Meligy - Co Founder The Sage Experience , Karim Abdelrahman - Executive Chef / Founder Avec Karim, Mona Saeed Mohamed Nassef - CEO Tabali, Mohamed Abdel-Hamid Sabbour - Co-founder, Mohamed Saeed Mohamed Nassef, Vice Chairman of Board of Directors Tabali, Said Mohamed Nassef, Co founder & CEO Impact TabaliSports & Wellbeing Award: Ayman Hakky - Founder & Managing Director Trifactory, Khaled Nagy Ibrahim - Co-founder & CEO SR Padel, Seif Adel Abou Senna - COO SR Padel, Ahmed Ayman- CEO and Co-Founder Linos, Ahmed Shalaby - Sales Director & Co-Founder Linos, Ahmed Sedky - Marketing Director & Co-Founder    Linos, Ahmed El Shamy Co-Founder LinosReal Estate Services Award: Mostafa El Beltagy - CEO Nawy, Aly Rafea - Chief Experience Officer Nawy, Mohamed Abou Ghanima - COO Nawy, Abdel- Azim Osman - Chief Marketing Officer - Nawy, Ahmed Rafea -Chief Business Development Officer Nawy, Ahmed Selim - Founder & CEO Co-55, Farah Selim - Co-Founder & COO Co-55, Norhan Selim - Co-Founder Co-55. Ahmed El Raggal - Co-Founder & COO Partment, Nadim Nagui - Co-founder & CEO Partment, Chinmaya Das - Co-Founder & CTO PartmentFintech / Fintech Enabler Award: Marwan Kenawy - Co Founder & CEO Dsqaures, Ayman Essawy - Co Founder Dsqaures, Momtaz Moussa - Co Founder Dsqaures, Amr Sultan - Co founder & CEO           BInk, Tarek Elsheikh - Co-Founder & Chief Risk Officer BInk, Ahmed Atalla - Co Founder & CEO Raseedi
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Clara secures investment from global innovation platform Plug and Play

Dubai: Plug and Play, Silicon Valley’s largest global innovation platform, has announced a new partnership and investment in Clara, the legal operating system that empowers tech founders to digitally form, manage, and scale their startups.Clara enables startups to concentrate on developing their businesses rather than becoming mired in legal paperwork. The company’s category-creating legal operating system digitizes and automates legal tasks for founders, including digital company formations, cap table and data room management, and automated legal document generation (covering SAFEs, ESOPs, and more), all supported by the platform’s predictive educational function.Launched in 2006, Plug and Play is a leading innovation platform, connecting startups, corporations, venture capital firms, universities, and government agencies. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, with 50+ locations across five continents, Plug and Play leverages accelerator programs and corporate innovation programs to assist corporate and government entities in every stage of their innovation journey, from education to execution. With the largest tech startup scale-up network and an independent in-house venture capital arm driving innovation across multiple industries, Plug and Play has invested in hundreds of successful companies, including Dropbox, Guardant Health, Honey, Lending Club, N26, PayPal, and Rappi.Commenting on the announcement, Patrick Rogers, Co-Founder and CEO of Clara said: “We're thrilled to welcome Plug and Play as an investor and a partner. Plug and Play is the world’s largest global innovation platform, supporting more than 15,000 startups per year, across its 60+ accelerator programs. It’s also one of the most active investors in the world, investing in early-stage companies globally. This investment demonstrates Plug and Play’s belief that the Clara platform can be of tremendous support to the thousands of startups it supports each year.”With over 4,000 global startups having created profiles on Clara to date, startup founders within the Plug and Play ecosystem will now gain preferential access to Clara’s range of products and tailored educational support that Clara and Plug and Play will co-design.“Clara is helping thousands of founders navigate the complex world of startup law in a way that has not been done before”, said Carolin Wais, Partner at Plug and Play. “We are excited about our investment in Clara – a company that we believe is building a category-creating product that is proving to be of immense value to startups – and the investors who support them.”Rogers added, “Plug and Play’s global reach and deep understanding of the issues startups face in navigating hurdles such as company formation and cap table management make them an incredible partner for us – particularly in the context of Clara’s increasing global reach”.Commenting on the announcement, Henrik Bærentsen, Director of Plug and Play Saudi Arabia, said, " We are truly excited and proud to be a part of Clara's remarkable journey. Clara's exceptional team and their outstanding service have truly impressed us. We have had the privilege of collaborating with Clara in various of our innovation programs, providing invaluable support to startups within the Kingdom. Now, we are eager to expand this collaboration on a regional and global scale, demonstrating our unwavering commitment to Clara as our newest portfolio company.Henrik added, "This investment exemplifies our continued dedication to investing in the best startups across the kingdom and the region. As one of the world's most active and successful early-stage tech investors, we are fully committed to fostering the Kingdom's entrepreneurial ecosystem. We believe in empowering aspiring entrepreneurs and top talents, enabling them to drive the digital transformation that aligns with the ambitious goals outlined in Vision 2030. Together with Clara, we will continue to make a significant impact, support the growth and success of startups in the region."