Tag: innovation

What’s up with Whatshudoin?

Luai Masri is the founder and CEO of Whatshudoin, a new social media app that allows users to interact based on the way they feel. How is Whatshudoin different to other social media apps? Whatshudoin is a complete mood-focused platform….

Online Encyclopedia Mawdoo3 Receives $1.5 Million in Funding

Online Arabic content was given a boost last month with the announcement that Jordanian startup Mawdoo3—a Wikipedia-like online Arabic encyclopedia—received $1.5 million in Series A funding from Dubai-based investor EquiTrust. Initially founded as a student project in 2010, Mawdoo3 quickly…

Zoomaal Leads MENA Crowdfunding Revolution

Lebanese crowdfunding platform Zoomaal is helping hundreds of exciting and innovative ideas get off the ground across the region. By Elisa Oddone Since it was launched in 2013, Beirut-based Zoomaal has quickly asserted itself as one of the region’s leading…

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Corporate Citizenship in the Tech World

The likes of Microsoft, Intel, and Oracle want to be more than just simple technology firms—they’re now aiming to be good corporate citizens that can bring about positive change in communities around the world. By Zeid Nasser For years, tech…

Nuclear Giving Way to Renewables Globally – Study

While Jordan is moving forward with its controversial nuclear energy program, a new study said solar energy added 26 percent more electricity to the global grid than nuclear last year. The latest edition of the World Nuclear Industry Status Report, which…

Palestinian-Designed Charger Shoots Past Crowdfunding Goal

A tiny USB top-up charger designed by a team of Palestinian tech entrepreneurs has raked in around $70,000 on the Indiegogo crowdfunding platform—nearly five times its original funding target. The BOLD Knot, which comes in the shape of a knot…

Fund Activates JD25 Million for Renewable Energy Projects

The Jordan Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Fund (JREEEF) said it has given the green light for the disbursement of JD25 million to provide financial and technical assistance to sustainable energy projects through to 2018. The fund, which is a branch…

The Women Leading Lebanon’s Startup Scene

Beirut is rapidly shaping up as a crucial player in the region’s startup scene. Venture spoke to four Lebanese female entrepreneurs who have made major headway in Lebanon, the region, and even the world with their startups and creations.  …

Climbing Up

In the World Economic Forum’s recently published Global Competitiveness Report 2014-2015, Jordan managed to improve its position, moving up from 68 to 64 out of 144 economies. Margareta Drzeniek, director and lead economist, Global Competitiveness and Benchmarking Network, tells Venture…

The Seven Qualities of a Good Founder

If a founder isn’t made of the right stuff, it’s doubtful their startup will thrive. By Robert Carroll What does it take to start a company successfully? That’s a question we think about a lot at Oasis500. We’re always looking…