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Abu Dhabi’s twofour54 launches ‘The Community Hub’ to connect creative sector, startups

The Community Hub will offer businesses in the UAE and beyond access to a network of creative and media professionals

Khalifa fund enahnces programme for members

Khalifa Fund enhances membership programme, allows members to register unlimited trade licences

With the new updates, Khalifa Fund’s membership is now open to entrepreneurs aged 21 years and above

EDB application

Emirates Development Bank to approve loans of up to Dhs5m to SMEs, startups within five days

The lending service will be available for UAE-based SMEs and startups operating in one of EDB’s five priority sectors, which are manufacturing, healthcare, food security, advanced technology and infrastructure

ADDED launches innovation incubator for entrepreneurs

Abu Dhabi’s ADDED launches innovation incubators programme

Public and private institutions, which invest in innovative technology solutions and support R&D, are eligible to earn an innovation incubators licence

ECI SAif Zone sign agreement

Etihad Credit Insurance, Hamriyah Free Zone, SAIF Zone partner to support SMEs

Etihad Credit Insurance will offer its range of flexible trade credit insurance and financial solutions, including its Sharia-compliant insurance product to startups and SMEs operating in the free zones

Entrepreneurs dTec's Ghanim Al Falasi

Dubai’s Dtec, SDCEE launch programmes for entrepreneurs

The programmes from Dubai Silicon Oasis’ dtec and SDCEE will help entrepreneurs transform their innovative ideas and projects into reality

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Entrepreneurial Nation’s Startup Leap sees participation from 1,200 startups

Startups from 33 countries from sectors such as digital technologies, e-commerce, healthcare and fintech have participated in Startup Leap

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UAE, South Korea to jointly promote entrepreneurship and support SMEs

The entrepreneurship and SME sector accounts for 99 per cent of the total companies in South Korea, and 98.5 per cent of the private sector in the UAE

Eight simple marketing strategies for small businesses

From listings and reviews to webchat and improving click-through rates, here are simple tips to help boost your business’ visibility

DIFC’s new Studio Launchpad to support SMEs, financial ecosystem

Part of its Strategy 2030, DIFC’s Studio Launchpad is designed to attract and engage a consortium of leading startup and corporate venture studios

Saudi startup Lawazem closes $1.3m seed round

The seed round was led by Merak Capital with participation from Merced, a Saudi VC company

National Bank of Fujairah launches new account for SMEs, startups

The solution aims to extend the benefits of digital banking solutions to entrepreneurs

UAE Space Agency to establish economic zone at Masdar City

Businesses will be offered benefits including incubation, office space, mentorship, networking and investment opportunities, among others

Abu Dhabi

Khalifa Fund partners with eBay to support Abu Dhabi-based SMEs

eBay is the latest partner to join Khalifa Fund’s e-Empower initiative

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The role of SMEs in boosting the trade relationship between Brazil and the UAE

Small businesses account for 99 per cent of all enterprises in Brazil and 95 per cent of private sector companies in the UAE

Abu-Dhabi

New Dhs5bn Abu Dhabi IPO fund launched to support SMEs

The fund will invest in five to 10 private companies per year

Why UAE entrepreneurs must listen to this podcast

Entrepreneur, author and philanthropist Shailesh Dash has launched The Entrepreneurial Dash, a podcast that offers guidance and motivation to budding entrepreneurs

In pics: Dubai’s Global Village announces date for 2021 season

Season 26 will commence on October 26 this year

Dubai cloud kitchen Kitopi becomes a unicorn after new $415m funding led by SoftBank

The deal marks one of the largest funding rounds for a Middle East technology company

Almost 9 out of 10 UAE-based SMEs are optimistic about the next 12 months – study

SMEs across the country have identified easier access to funding, acceptance of digital payments and training and upskilling staff as the top three drivers for growth

How financial inclusion is a pathway to reviving tourism

Financial inclusion can contribute to tourism development in many ways

Alliance of global firms to support SMEs in Middle East and Africa digitise their ops

Small businesses in MEA to benefit from free resources and special offers

Melda Akin, founder and CEO of D14.AI

The SME Story: Melda Akin, founder and CEO of D14.AI 

D14.AI is a Dubai-based tech company providing an AI-driven software platform for healthcare clinics, gyms and logistics companies to optimise their workforce and manage their business operations

Brand trademark

Five reasons why every company must have their trademark registered in the UAE 

A registered trademark effectively safeguards the brand from counterfeit and helps business owners gain the trust of consumers

The SME loan journey: How can it be made easier?

Banks and financial institutions must opt for online credit process with automated elements – offered by companies such as Comarch – to ensure they meet the current market needs

Kuwaiti MPs urge the government to relax Covid-19 restrictions or compensate businesses

Health clubs, salons and barbershops have been closed for a month, while malls and shops need to stay shut from 8pm until 5am

Lenka Basweidan Founder of Arabee Learning

The SME Story: Lenka Basweidan, founder of Arabee Learning

Arabee takes the children on a continuous journey, using language patterns and vocabulary repetition the same way they learn their mother tongue.

Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi announces Dhs6bn boost for SMEs

The programme is funded by Ghadan 21’s SME credit guarantee scheme

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GB Talks: Understanding SME financing in the UAE

Featuring an expert panel discussion on alternative means of financing as well as motivational talks, the event offered plenty of insights for SMEs

UAE SMEs receive Dhs420m trade credit support during Jan-Nov 2020

Etihad Credit Insurance insured the exports of the SMEs as well as their operations in the domestic market allowing them to stay competitive