Posts Tagged ‘YallaStartup’


Free ArabNet Ticket!!

Looking for a free ticket to ArabNet’s conference in Lebanon?

Tweet a tip on Entrepreneurship from your own experience or tweet what you think an entrepreneur is and attach #YallaStartup #Tip next to your tweet.

YallaStartup will be giving out one free ticket to the best tip – best defined by quality of tip and number of retweets.

Let’s get those tweets going. This starts NOW and ends on March 20th.








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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MENA Entrepreneurship: Challenged Opportunity

(This is cross posted from Sami Shalabi’s blog)

During my trips to the middle east I try to capture new thoughts about things I observe. My previous post on the topic covered my early observations. This summer I had the privilege of hanging out with some Jordanian entrepreneurs and listen to their heroic journeys. Here are my observations:
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Dear Santa

We are giving away free entrepreneurship courses

We are almost ready to go live but first we would like to give away free goodies!

Potential generously offered our community free entrepreneurship courses. The course starts on January 5, 2010 and will meet online weekly for 6 months. It covers many topics such as polishing your idea, setting up your business, building the right team and attracting investors. You don’t need to be physically present, all you need is a computer, a decent internet connection and a couple of hours per week.

The fee is $2000 but YallaStartup will be selecting candidates to take the course for free, yes FREE! The only catch is that the deadline is getting very close and you need to apply ASAP so YallaApply :)

If you would like to apply please email us the following to before the 25th of December, 2009:

  1. a copy of your resume and/or bio
  2. short paragraph describing why you think you should attend the class and what you are expecting out of it

Ho ho ho …


Let’s get this entrepreneurship party started!

Party theme

Our goal is to assist MENA (Middle East & North Africa) entrepreneurs transform their ideas to reality, taking their early stage startups to the next level. We hope to create the right channels and programs that cultivate a strong entrepreneurial community and we will be announcing some very soon.

Party hosts

We are three entrepreneurs from the Middle East. We founded, advised, fund raised and sold a number of companies in the US and Middle East. Throughout our journeys we faced a number of issues that we had to overcome, some were tougher than others. We realized that a lot of entrepreneurs in the MENA region face the same problems and we decided to do something about it.

Party people and Party food

As with every party, success is highly dependent on the people … and on the food!  There is no cover charge no dress code, and no reservations, just bring your own food, share and and receive. We are big fans of open communities and hope, to create that through YallaStartup! We will also be inviting many experts from various fields to share their deep expertise with all of us.

But most of all, enjoy it

Doing your startup is like being on a roller coaster, one day you are the king of the world, the next day you question yourself on why you took the jump. One thing is for sure, it’s one FUN ride. So be ready to enjoy it to the max!

Almost ready …

Yalla, we are almost ready to go live, but before we do so we are giving away free entrepreneurship courses.

Elie Khoury, Habib Haddad & Sami Shalabi