Archive for December, 2010

Samba…Di Beirut! Mimix pulls a Pele move against Brazil in the final face off!

Goaaaaaaaaal! Lebanon 1 – Brazil 0.

Mimix just won the final face off against Mindle from Brazil and became the ultimate champion of Global Startup Battle. Congratulations to Mimix and to all YallaStartup’ers you showed to the whole world that we have the Power of Yalla!

Below from the Global Startup Battle page:

All of us at Startup Weekend extend a huge round of applause to the entire MIMIX team for a job well done! Congratulations to Pierre Daher, Jessica Abou Haydar, Pascale Baaklini, Akram Barakat, and founder Mahmoud Darawaheh. As the Ultimate Champion, the MIMIX team wins a website by Clover and a customized video by SwitchMarketing! These prizes, in addition to those the team received as Week 1 winners, will help catapult MIMIX to the next level of entrepreneurial success.

MIMIX is a web and mobile app which builds on speech recognition and 3D modeling technologies to translate speech into sign language in real-time. The team and their startup have huge potential and we are certain that the winners of Global Startup Battle will have many more successes in their future.

YallaStartup’ers do it again! Amazing slam-dunks and wins Global Startup Battle!

StartupWeekend just announced:

YallaStartup Weekend’s very own wins Global Startup Battle: Wild Card! In an impressive show of solidarity, received three times as many votes as the second-ranked team. Lebanon now boasts the winners of both GSB: Week 1 with Mimix an dGSB: Wildcard with –an impressive show of entrepreneurial innovation and grass-roots networking from one of Startup Weekend’s newer countries. is the “world’s first infinite and free community-based storage system” that takes personal files, dices them into pieces, duplicates and encrypts those pieces, and distributes them across a worldwide network of users. Files are safe and inaccessible by those hosting them yet account holders can retrieve their personal files at any time. Sound cool? Want to learn more? Check them out at!‘s win comes only a couple of weeks after Mimix’s! So Silicon Valley, can you hear us now? Now before you do anything else, it’s time to do the final voting between Week 1 and Week 2 winners, let’s show again our amazing support for Mimix. Yalla Vote NOW!

MBC scouting for emerging entrepreneurs in Lebanon and Syria

MBC Ventures is coming to Lebanon and Syria in the next few weeks to meet with young emerging entrepreneurs. They are hoping to identify a few to support with cash and expertise.

Read the MBC invitation below:

“MBC Ventures is a fund set up and run by MBC Group looking for young entrepreneurs who have ideas, products, and businesses in the media space that addresses the local MENA market. The sort of projects that MBC is interested to invest in will include among other things, initiatives on the web, new and innovative content for digital platforms, gaming, mobile apps, animation, etc… MBC will provide both cash and other support functions to help the selected projects become operational and profitable media businesses.

MBC is interested to explore Start ups that have a product and track record of performance with a business plan and investment proposal. If you only have a brief project with no clear business plan, we will also be happy to speak to you and see how MBC can support your ideas.

MBC needs a clear 3 year vision and an investment proposal where available.

Monday the 13th of December – Between 11:00am to 1:00pm and 3:00pm to 5:00pm at MBC offices in:
Gefinor Center, Bloc B, 4th Floor, Clemenceau Street, Hamra

Wednesday the 15th of December – Between 11:00am to 1:00pm and 3:00pm to 5:00pm at MBC offices in:
Al Jamarek Square, Tabaa Building, 7th floor

For more information please email”

Got List? Get Listed on YallaStartup Companies

We are excited to launch the first release of the YallaStartup Companies. It is a one stop shop for all MENA startups, venture capitalists, and incubators. After several months of hard work, we have been able to compile hundreds of MENA institutions. A sign that things are healthy in the region.

YallaStartup Companies has a ton of cool features like product videos, traffic analysis, news feeds and more; everything we could get our hands on. For the geeky, we built this using php, wordpress and MySQL.

Like we have said before, we love communities and we need your help to keep it up to date. So if we have missed something, or you are an early stage startup looking to get on the map, please submit the details using this form or email

Of course like everything entrepreneurial this is a work in progress, and we’ll be doing more cool stuff in the future. However, if you have ideas we would love to hear them.

This project was built by Elie, Amir and Rock. We would like to thank them for all their hard work making this project a reality.
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