Screenshot Edited The European Investment Bank pledged today yesterday to make a EUR 5m “anchor” investment in the first venture capital fund to target investments in export-oriented IT companies being launched in the Palestine named: The Middle East Venture Capital Fund. The EIB’s commitment was announced at a signature ceremony in Ramallah sup...
Screenshot Hichame Assi, an Arab Australian from Syrian origins, an e-marketing expert and an ArabCrunch Arabic contributor, has launched recently his first startup for the region: SyrianTenders.( ArabCrunch.NET Profile.)  in partnership with Mohanad Ghashim and Mohammed NourAllah from Syria. SyrianTenders offers classified information about tenders tak...
Screenshot Update: Souq.com is like eBay (online auction website) for the Arab world and one of Jabbar group of companies which used to be called Maktoob Group before Yahoo's acquisition of Maktoob which my sources say was 200 million USD. Souq.com  just launched yesterday its Egyptian version in both Arabic and English, tapping into more than 9 ...
Screenshot According to a recent Arab Advisors Group Mobile Handsets Retail Tracking Reports, Pakistan is the largest mobile handsets market of the four countries (Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Libya). In terms of handset models, the research has also revealed that Nokia is the market leader in Iraq with varying performance depending on region and with ...
Screenshot As many believe, web users and innovators emerged winners upon the completion of the European Commission’s investigation into Microsoft’s browser-bundling practices. Microsoft will now offer users of Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 a screen presenting a choice of Web browsers. In December 2007, Opera Software urged the European Comm...
Screenshot The CERT (Centre of Excellence for Applied Research and Training) Group of Companies  the largest private education provider in the Middle East, has launched in collaboration with the Wharton School in Pennsylvania, USA the CERT|Wharton Entrepreneurial Planning and Innovation Competition (EPIC) .   CERT|Wharton EPIC is open to all students fr...
Screenshot We launched ArabCrunch.NET around a month ago in private beta. The online Social Platform is the first of its type in the Arab World and beyond dedicated to create an environment that fosters innovation, entrepreneurship and mentorship for Arab and non Arab entrepreneurs and techies. But we did not explain exactly how ArabCrunch.NET can help you ...
Screenshot Winners of Nokia’s Calling All Innovators “Bil3arabi” 2009 contest, a developer competition for Arabic-language mobile applications, have been announced by Nokia. The grand prize winner of $100,000 went to “Here I am” from Enpronomics in Egypt.  It is a geo-presence application with personal safety features that enables users to cal...
Screenshot Transliteration is typing for example Arabic or Greek using the English keyboard , the user types in English "as you hear it" and the transliteration tool will convert the words into its native script. Since Google launched Ta3reeb its online Transliteration for Arabic, which changes Latin letter into Arabic, it has been working in improving i...
Screenshot Mapping, GPS and Navigation devices are a very useful tool for any person, while the west and USA in general has more advanced solutions in this area than what is available in the Arab world. There has been local and International attempts to solve this issue. On the web, google has done a good job in few Arab countries namely Dubai but its awe...

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