Sindhu Hariharan

Sindhu Hariharan

Columnist, Entrepreneur Middle East
Saudi Arabia PIF-backed SoftBank Vision Fund Closes US$93 Billion In Funding
Business News

Saudi Arabia PIF-backed SoftBank Vision Fund Closes US$93 Billion In Funding

Besides SoftBank Group and Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund Public Investment Fund (PIF), UAE's Mubadala Investment Company, Apple Inc., Foxconn, Qualcomm, and Sharp Corporation are the other high-profile backers
UAE-Based Interior Design Startup Interact Group Raises US$3 Million Funding
Startup Financing

UAE-Based Interior Design Startup Interact Group Raises US$3 Million Funding

As momentum picks up in the UAE's hospitality sector, Interact Group plans to utilize the finances in consolidating its Dubai business, and expanding its services to other regions.
Startup Democrance Makes Insurance Accessible For MENA's Low-Income Population
FinTech

Startup Democrance Makes Insurance Accessible For MENA's Low-Income Population

While fintech businesses have dominated investor and funding action for a while now, one can't exactly say the same for innovations happening in the insurance space.
Infographic: MAGNiTT's Funding Report Card For Q1-2017
Entrepreneur Ecosystems

Infographic: MAGNiTT's Funding Report Card For Q1-2017

The region's startup ecosystem has seen a "moderate and steady" start to the year 2017 with US$36 million raised in the first quarter comprising of 35 deals.
Tunisian Big Data Startup Datavora Raises Funding To Support E-Commerce Ventures
Startup Finance

Tunisian Big Data Startup Datavora Raises Funding To Support E-Commerce Ventures

With a proprietary technology, the startup "crawls" websites and marketplaces to collect e-commerce data on a global scale, and analyzes and interprets results in real-time to aid decision-making.
UAE Startup Scout My Car Pitches Its Way To Victory At STEP Conference 2017
Startups

UAE Startup Scout My Car Pitches Its Way To Victory At STEP Conference 2017

In a large used car market such as that of the UAE, Scout My Car wants to be a service provider that helps buyers differentiate between a reliable used car, and well, a dodgy one before purchase.
RIP Passwords: Myki Wants To Alter The Way Access Is Managed In The Digital World
Startups

RIP Passwords: Myki Wants To Alter The Way Access Is Managed In The Digital World

Lebanon-based Myki is one such startup that is keen to further simplify the identity management process, condensing access into just a smartphone device.
UAE Renewable Energy Startup Enerwhere Raises AED1 Million Loan Via Crowdfunding
Startup Financing

UAE Renewable Energy Startup Enerwhere Raises AED1 Million Loan Via Crowdfunding

In January 2017, Enerwhere raised a corporate loan of AED1 million from regional peer-to-peer lending platform Beehive.
"We Got Funded!" UAE Startup CarSwitch.com Raises US$1.3 Million From Glowfish Capital
Startup Finance

"We Got Funded!" UAE Startup CarSwitch.com Raises US$1.3 Million From Glowfish Capital

CarSwitch.com plans to utilize the funding to develop its technology and take steps to "keep up with surging demand" it has seen for its product.
MAGNiTT's #MENAFounders Report Explores Characteristics Of A Successful MENA Startup
Entrepreneur Ecosystems

MAGNiTT's #MENAFounders Report Explores Characteristics Of A Successful MENA Startup

After unveiling a series of reports shedding light on the key features of the MENA startup ecosystem, and exploring the state of funding for the region's upstarts, UAE-based startup community platform MAGNiTT is back with its third study on MENA entrepreneurship.
Turning Heads: Plan b Founder And Chairman Harmeek Singh
Innovators

Turning Heads: Plan b Founder And Chairman Harmeek Singh

With eight companies currently under its umbrella, Plan b is using its in-house expertise to stand out in a competitive market.
Endeavor Jordan Study Highlights Migration Trends Among Jordan's Homegrown Businesses
Entrepreneurial ecosystems

Endeavor Jordan Study Highlights Migration Trends Among Jordan's Homegrown Businesses

The Jordanian chapter of global entrepreneurship support organization, Endeavor, has a tricky problem on its hands when it comes to developing their pipeline of startups they want to support in the country.
Education Basket Wants To Guide MENA Youth In Their Higher Education Forays
Startups

Education Basket Wants To Guide MENA Youth In Their Higher Education Forays

Irrespective of the level of education (undergraduate, post graduate etc.), the enterprise presents students with global course options, in line with their specifications and credentials.
Smart Dubai Office And 1776 Launch A Hunt For Blockchain Innovations In Dubai
Blockchain

Smart Dubai Office And 1776 Launch A Hunt For Blockchain Innovations In Dubai

In line with the Blockchain Strategy unveiled by Dubai in October 2016 -a vision to become the first blockchain-powered city by 2020- Smart Dubai Office (SDO) and global entrepreneurship network 1776 are looking for startups, which can transform conventional industries using their blockchain technology.
Natural Language-Generation Startup Narrativa Uses AI To Create Content At Scale
Startups

Natural Language-Generation Startup Narrativa Uses AI To Create Content At Scale

Launched in the summer of 2015 by David Llorente (CEO), Eugenio Fernandez (Chief Scientist), and Antonio Moratilla (CTO), Narrativa's technology takes complex data sets and transforms them into human narratives.
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