MENA Apps has partnered with Etohum to include MENA Startups in the StartupTurkey Event in Antalya from 15-17 February 2013. StartupTurkey organized by Etohum since 2008 brings together all the leading start-ups and investors in Turkey. Seed stage along with early and developed companies selected during the course of the year make presentations during the conference, which has become the leading event in the region.
As part of MENA Apps’ vision to bridge the talent and potential of the MENA region’s youth with all the resources, financial, administrative and logistical support, and to establish an eco-system that facilitates the operations of start-ups and supports entrepreneurship across the MENA region; for the first time, MENA Apps nominated ten Start-ups to participate and pitched in front of MENA and Turkish Angel and VC investors at StartupTurkey.
MENA Apps nominated 10 start ups from Jordan and Palestine to be interviewed by Etohum during January 2013. Six were selected; four from Jordan, Weziwezi.com, Masmoo3.com, Taqetna and Abjjad.com in addition to two Palestinian start-ups LiveTop and Ma3loomah.
“We are so glad to cooperate with MENA Apps and quite excited to work with the team on our new projects, which would eventually contribute and bring another real dynamism to the start-up scene as a whole. By joining up forces, we aim not only to support entrepreneurs and investors on their way to great innovations and assets, but also to greatly help each other in sharing our know-how with the world and building up relationships between the local and the global. This cooperation, in essence, is of great significance for the future of internet start-ups, especially when we consider the greater connections that would emerge, at the first stage, between Turkey and the MENA region”, comments Burak Büyükdemir, Founder of Etohum
Dr. Abdul Malek Jaber, Founder and CEO of MENA Apps added, “We received many compliments regarding the quality of the MENA Start-ups from both organizers and investors. The MENA start-ups were among the best pitches in their categories during the StartupTurkey event. The entrepreneurs additionally had many networking opportunities with the colleague entrepreneurs, investors and mentors which enriched their experience and viability”