Dozens of project proposals were submitted for the first ever Doha Prize for Economic Innovation. Out of almost fifty applications from across the region, a group of twelve finalists were chosen to present their ideas and projects to a group of seven judges at the 9th Enriching the Middle East's Economic Future Conference. All twelve finalists showed outstanding commitment to addressing key social and economic problems within the MENA region, but five stood out for their depth of impact and the long-term sustainability of their projects.Read More
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At the 9th annual "Enriching the Middle East's Economic Future" conference in Doha, Qatar, the Center for Middle East Development, the Doha Forum, and the Middle East Investment Initiative will name the winners of a new competition to support emerging start-ups and entrepreneurs in the MENA region.Read More
Despite the uncertainty in the Middle East, entrepreneurship and innovation is rapidly gaining traction in the region. With strong support from accelerators, investors, non-profits, and universities, there is a lot to expect from "Silicon Wadi" in the coming years.Read More