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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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How the “Power of Yalla” got 34 Startups launched in one Weekend!

The Weekend of 12/11/10 was one to remember! More than 250 participants came from all around the Arab world came to Lebanon for a highly intense 3 days of coding, networking, fun and most importantly of action!

Friday afternoon the first “Geeks on Bus” arrived at Berytech from Syria. Crowds were pouring in from all over. We had people from Lebanon, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Jordan, Palestine, USA, Canada, just to name a few of the countries represented. Energy was mounting to get started, but we were waiting for our Jordanian “Geeks on a Bus” to arrive. The driver got lost, but they eventually got there. Gotta love Beirut traffic. When our Jordanian friends arrived, we were ready to get started.

The goal of the first day was to get people organized into teams. The stage was open for anyone to pitch their idea in 60 seconds. After an intense compressed session, over 60 ideas were presented. Now the task was to identify the best ideas that will get traction for teams to form around. So we did it Bazaar style where each participant had two votes to cast for an idea using plain old post-it notes. It was fun to see everyone selling their ideas to others, which is really something that also happens in real life during the early stages of a startup. People gravitated towards 35 ideas and now the wheels were set in motion to take that idea and build a prototype to pitch in 2 days.

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Hitler Sucks, MENA Startups Rock!

Remember how Hitler first reacted when he heard about YallaStartup Weekend ? Well wait until you see what he said when he heard about the 30+ mind blowing startups that were formed at the weekend!

Hitler Sucks, MENA Startups Rock! YallaStartup Weekend from YallaStartup on Vimeo.

Yea that’s right, MENA wins Global Startup Battle!

YallaStartup Weekend is one Weekend to remember, it was our first but certainly not our last! The amount of energy passion and talent was unbelievable, more than 200 people showed on up on Friday to pitch ideas and form teams. Teams got formed with people from various skills backgrounds but most importantly various nationalities. The weekend ended on Sunday evening with more than 30 startups created in just 2 days! Yes, it was an intense high energy but fun and productive Weekend!

We will write other posts summarizing the event and list all the amazing startups but first we want to share that WE WON GLOBAL STARTUP BATTLE!

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Arabic poem for YallaStartup Weekend

This is a poem that was written by Ala Suleiman for YallaStartup Weekend!


قالولي ليش إنت مكركب
قلتلهم رايح عـ yallastatup

شلة مبرمجين
Geeks ومصممين
بدهم لحمة بعجين
… وعطول أكل مرتب

وقلتلهم رايح عـ yallastatup

من أردن سوريا ولبنان
رايحين انملي المكان
لا تقلولي انك نعسان
… فريقك لازم يكسب

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How to get the most out of StartupWeekend

by Eric Koester

I’ve often heard the phrase “You get out of something what you put into it.”  And in most cases, that is true — if you put in some time, some energy and some effort you’ll get an equal amount back out of it.  With Startup Weekend, that phrase also applies — it’s just that you’ll get 5 times more out versus what you put into it.

I’ve had the opportunity to attend a half dozen StartupWeekends.  Some weekends have been a fun chance to meet people; some weekends have been a chance to build something cool; some weekends have been the opportunity to challenge myself to learn something new; and some weekends have left me with more to think about than at the start of the weekend.  But in each case, I consistently got much more out of the weekend than I put into it.

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Get your pitch ready! Advice from the Founder’s Institute

In preparation for YallaStartup Weekend here is a great video on how to get your pitch ready! Be sure to watch it!

Hop on the “Geeks on a Bus” to YallaStartup Weekend!

As we promised a few weeks ago we are going to be chartering free “Geeks on a Bus” rides from Amman and Damascus to YallaStartup Weekend in Lebanon. Many thanks to our friends at Meydan for generously sponsoring the bus from Jordan!

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