Author Archives: Elisa Oddone

Nuqul Plans to Sell 25 Percent Stake in Fine – Vice Chairman

Jordan’s Nuqul Group is planning to sell off around 25 percent of Fine Hygienic Holdings, one of the region’s largest tissue and paper products manufacturers, in a bid to boost the group’s growth, Nuqul Vice Chairman Ghassan Nuqul told Venture….

Military Meals for Microwaves

A company best known for making military food rations recently began producing a line of ready meals that everyday Jordanians can pick up from their local supermarket. The Akleh range from the Arab Ready Meals (ARM), a Malaysian-Jordanian joint venture,…

Crowdfunding Comes of Age

This article appeared in the June, 2014 edition of Venture.   By offering cash-strapped entrepreneurs the chance to pitch their ideas directly to the general public, crowdsourcing is fast emerging as a major source of funding for Jordanian startups. By Elisa…

From Family-Run to Family-Owned

As it proved with the Nuqul Group, separating ownership from management can help a family business thrive.  By Elisa Oddone Family-owned businesses make up 90 percent of the companies in our region. But as important an economic driver as they…

Just Build It

Boston-based Sami Shalabi, who famously moved to Google with his Zingku startup in 2007, was recently back in Jordan to attend its edition of Global Entrepreneurship Week. The head engineer of Google’s Digital Publishing Platform had a simple message for…

Italy Offers Eco Expertise

Specialist Italian companies are keen to help Jordan deal with its big energy and environmental challenges. By Elisa Oddone Italian Trade Commissioner Alessio Ponz de Leon Pisani said a recent visit by a group of eco-minded Italian firms, aimed to…

Crowdfunding Aids Gaza Accelerator

A crowdfunding campaign aiming to save Gaza’s only technology accelerator from closure looks set to end this month with its original funding target of $70,000 oversubscribed by 150 percent. The campaign was launched in November on the Indiegogo crowdfunding website…

Tamatem Hits Six Million Downloads

The runaway success of a mobile game featuring a food delivery guy racing around the potholed streets of Amman recently helped Jordanian games publisher Tamatem to hit the six million download mark. Tamatem said its King of Delivery game, which…

Tabuk: On Pharma’s Frontline

By boldly overhauling its management structure and expanding its range of medicines over recent years, Tabuk Pharmaceuticals has cemented it position as one of the region’s leading drug companies. By Elisa Oddone Boasting a steady annual growth of 25 percent…

An Animated Discussion

Animation studios from across the region gathered for a special session at last month’s MENA ICT forum in Amman to discuss the challenges facing their industry, which include a paucity of investment, high operating costs, poor promotional channels, and a…