Jojo Puthuparampil

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Cairo Angels Bosta

Cairo Angels Back An Egyptian Logistics Tech Startup

Egypt-focused angel investor network Cairo Angels has made an undisclosed investment in Bosta, a Cairo-based logistics tech startup.Bosta is an on-demand delivery platform that allows users to send, receive and track their... (contd.)
Careem invests $500,000 in Swvl

An Egyptian Bus Transport Startup Has Snagged a Cool $500k From Careem

Dubai-based ride-hailing service Careem has invested $500,000 in a seed round in Egyptian bus transportation network Swvl.Swvl aims to provide affordable public transportation solutions to Egyptians and others in emerging markets. It was... (contd.)
Nol cards use for retail outlets in Dubai

Dubai’s Nol Card Moves A Step Closer To Be The City’s Use Everywhere Card

Public transport payment solution Nol cards can now be used for retail purchases at 1,000 retail outlets across Dubai, according to the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA).The facility has already been available... (contd.)
Yallpickup raises money

UAE-based On-Demand Pickup Truck Startup Raises $270,000

Yalla Pickup, a mobile application and web-based solution to order pickup trucks to move large consignments, has raised a fresh funding worth Dhs 1 million ($270,000) from another firm, ‘The Box’.The Box... (contd.)
Kuwait’s Arzan Venture Capital plans to launch a pre-seed platform to fund idea-stage startups that have a minimum viable product (MVP) but are yet to elicit traction.

This Kuwaiti VC Fund Is Launching A Pre-Seed Funding Platform

Kuwait’s Arzan Venture Capital plans to launch a pre-seed platform to fund idea-stage startups that have a minimum viable product (MVP) but are yet to elicit traction.The platform will be launched by... (contd.)
Inc. Arabia Starz Play Arabia

Netflix’s MENA Rival Raises Fresh Funding To Win Over Cable Cutters In Emerging markets

Middle eastern on-demand video streaming service Starz Play Arabia has raised an undisclosed amount in fresh funding. The latest round has pushed the funding raised by Starz Play Arabia so far to... (contd.)
ArabianChain raises funding

A UAE-based Blockchain Startup Has Raised A Cool $800,000 In Fresh Funding

UAE-based blockchain startup ArabianChain has raised Dhs3 million ($817,000) from Arabian Bugshan board member and House of Invention International vice president Ahmad Abdullah Bugshan.The firm has developed a public and decentralized platform... (contd.)
Middle East It Cybersecurity

Middle East Businesses Are A Little Too Confident When It Comes To Cybersecurity

Most IT professionals in the Middle East believe their perimeter security is effective at keeping unauthorized users out of their networks, despite nearly 1.4 billion data records globally and 45.2 million data... (contd.)
Helping startups

American Aviation Giant Joins Hands With A MENA Incubator To Boost Startups

US aircraft manufacturer Boeing and startup incubator 1776 have formed a partnership to support early stage tech firms in the Middle East and North Africa.Boeing will sponsor Challenge Cup Dubai, one of... (contd.)
UAE Drones Dubai

New Rules In The UAE Could Ground Your Drone

The UAE will stop importing drones that fail to follow specifications set by the Emirates Authority for Standardisation and Metrology (ESMA).In May this year, the ESMA approved fresh regulatory standards that included... (contd.)
Emirates Wifi deal

Post Laptop Ban, Emirates Woos Business Travelers With Unlimited WiFi Deals

In an effort to woo back passengers after a dip in traffic following the laptop ban on its US-bound flights, Dubai carrier Emirates has expanded its free in-flight WiFi service with improved... (contd.)
Food Business Accelerator In Kuwait

Kuwait Gets A Food Business Accelerator For All Those Kuwaiti F&B Dreams

Savour, one of the Middle East’s new wave of food business accelerators will kick off in Kuwait in October. The program aims to help startups in the food sector bring their products and... (contd.)
Laptop Ban Cancelled

Business Travel Alert: Yes, You Can take Your Laptops On Emirates Now

The US has lifted the in-cabin ban on laptops and other large electronic devices on US-bound flights from Dubai and Istanbul, Emirates and Turkish Airlines said.The move comes three days after restrictions... (contd.)
Yaoota acquires portals

Egypt’s Yaoota Acquires Two Phone Comparison Portals On The Road To E-commerce Glory

Egypt-based e-commerce platform Yaoota acquired phone comparison portals Mobihall and Mobilesgate.The value of the deal remained is not disclosed.Founded in 2014, Yaoota is operating in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kenya and Nigeria.With... (contd.)
Souq and Amazon have sealed the deal

It’s Official: Amazon And Souq Have Sealed The Deal

The global e-commerce giant Amazon has completed the acquisition of Dubai-based online retailer Souq.In a joint statement, the companies said that they have taken the first step of integration, allowing customers to... (contd.)

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