Pamella de Leon

Pamella de Leon

Startup Section Editor, Entrepreneur Middle East
We Got Funded: Startup mrUsta Raises AED2.75 Million In Funding Round
Startup Financing

We Got Funded: Startup mrUsta Raises AED2.75 Million In Funding Round

More than ever, quality in the service industry is essential, and the UAE-based mrUsta, an online marketplace for consumers to find and book service providers founded in 2013, has strived to accomplish this- and now, investors have taken notice.
Startup Kasra Wants To Create Arabic Content That Trends On The Internet
Startups

Startup Kasra Wants To Create Arabic Content That Trends On The Internet

Founder Nawaf Felemban says the Arabic website aims to "empower Arabs to be narrators of their own stories by publishing compelling content that readers will want to share."
We Got Funded: HolidayME.com Raises US$7 Million In Funding
Startup Financing

We Got Funded: HolidayME.com Raises US$7 Million In Funding

Founded by Geet Bhalla and Digvijay Pratap in 2014, HolidayME.com is available in both English and Arabic and offers customized travel services and curated itineraries for holidays, hotels, flights and activities, integrated with customer reviews from TripAdvisor.
IBM's Juan Jose De La Torre On The Need For MENA Businesses To Embrace Digital Transformation
Digital Disruption

IBM's Juan Jose De La Torre On The Need For MENA Businesses To Embrace Digital Transformation

Tech has changed the way we work and live, and with that, more so than ever, the need for enterprises and startups to shift to strategize the digital market is high.
Compareit4me.com Gains US$2.4 Million In Latest Investment Round
Startup Financing

Compareit4me.com Gains US$2.4 Million In Latest Investment Round

While it was aiming to achieve US$1 million new funds, the startup managed to surpass its goal and received $2.4 million in its latest round of bridge funding from an array of investors.
Design Denizens: Abjad Design's Duo Learn As They Earn
Design

Design Denizens: Abjad Design's Duo Learn As They Earn

Founders Sheikha Bin Dhaher and Diana Hawatmeh shared the set up of Abjad Design in 2010, and the how it has progressed then, and is still open to learning.
Linking Up: MyHUBBER Wants To Reward Users For Social Engagement
Startups

Linking Up: MyHUBBER Wants To Reward Users For Social Engagement

When it comes to the development of new apps in the realm of social engagement, the main thing to consider is whether it is up to the task of going against existing apps and platforms that currently reign the social networking space.
Playing To Learn: Microsoft Uses Minecraft As Test Ground For AI
Artificial Intelligence

Playing To Learn: Microsoft Uses Minecraft As Test Ground For AI

As part of an experimental version of the game developed by Microsoft, the new platform, called Project Malmo, was designed to train and stimulate an AI to carry out various tasks like crossing bridges and building elaborate objects.
More Than Just Skin Art: MIT's Temporary Tattoo Would Let You Control Your Smartphone
Design

More Than Just Skin Art: MIT's Temporary Tattoo Would Let You Control Your Smartphone

For the tattoo enthusiasts among you who are too chicken to go under the needle, your next temporary tattoo would not just look rad, but have a functional purpose too.
Clean Sweep: Startup JustMop Wants To Become The Go-to Spot For Home Services In The Region
Startups

Clean Sweep: Startup JustMop Wants To Become The Go-to Spot For Home Services In The Region

Joining the MENA ring of the on-demand sector is the startup JustMop- an online marketplace for domestic cleaning services operating in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Qatar.
We Got Funded: Jordan Based Liwwa On Their Latest Successful Raise
Money

We Got Funded: Jordan Based Liwwa On Their Latest Successful Raise

Ahmed Moor and Samer Atiani wants to address the gap of SMEs lacking access to finance with liwwa, and they just got funded.
Fishy Business: Norwegian Fish Food Startup Wins Top Honors At Angel Challenge 2016
Startups

Fishy Business: Norwegian Fish Food Startup Wins Top Honors At Angel Challenge 2016

Norwegian startup MiniPro beat four other finalists to take home NOK1 million in funding after winning the final round of the Angel Challenge pitch competition at the Startup Extreme conference in Bergen, Norway.
Building A Brand: Poupette À La Plage Managing Partner and CEO Rabee Abu Kishek
Entrepreneurs

Building A Brand: Poupette À La Plage Managing Partner and CEO Rabee Abu Kishek

Having noticed a lack of chic clothes for children that's comfortable and easy to wear, Managing Partner and CEO Rabee Abu Kishek and Creative Director Najjar built the business up to fill that particular gap in the market.
Catalyzing Yemen's Startup Ecosystem: ROWAD Entrepreneurs Foundation
Innovators

Catalyzing Yemen's Startup Ecosystem: ROWAD Entrepreneurs Foundation

ROWAD Entrepreneurs Foundation Executive Director Adeeb Qasem talks about the Yemeni entrepreneurial ecosystem, the startups and innovating under circumstances that you can't begin to imagine.
Startup Taka Solutions Wants To Spread Responsible Consumption Using Green Tech
Startups

Startup Taka Solutions Wants To Spread Responsible Consumption Using Green Tech

Taka Solutions founder and Managing Director Charles Blaschke on his startup's mission to reducing energy consumption, entrepreneurship in UAE, and representing the GCC region on the global competition The Venture.