ACCESS TO TALENT AND TECH SKILLS
FIGURE 9. AVAILABILITY OF SKILL SETS
The most available skill sets – approximately one half - are the more traditional business skills. Marketing, media, and communication skills rank as the most available at 55%. As skills begin to require more technical based knowledge they begin to display a lower prevalence, such as development and coding (11%), product design (7%), data and analytics (2%).
Sarwa is the UAE’S first hybrid automated investment management platform for young professionals in the Middle East that combines investment strategies and technology in order to get diverse, highly personalized investment portfolios. People seeking to delve into the world of finance can easily sign up, state their personal financial goals, and receive a personalized portfolio based on what kind of investor the customer is, their financial situation, and their risk profile. The platform has a clean and simple interface for people to track their investments and receive reports on the growth of their portfolios, and even features advisors that can offer personal advice for any questions or concerns. Founded by Mark Chahwan and Jad Sayegh, Sarwa was one of two Dubaibased startups that were chosen, along with 10 other startups from around the world, to be part of the Dubai International Financial Centre’s Fintech Hive Accelerator. Chahwan and Sayegh have stated they have raised funds through investors and capital venture firms and are hoping to gain more investors in hopes of reaching the mass market. Country: UAE Launched: 2016 Category: Fintech
Founded by Ahmad al Rawi, Malaeb is a Bahraini app for avid football players. Launched a year ago, Malaeb (Arabic for stadium) is an app that helps football enthusiasts find and book football fields for matches and practices. The app also allows users to join matches in their local neighborhoods, form teams, and interact with other football enthusiasts via the app.
With an estimated 3.5 billion fans around the world, football is the world’s most popular sport. Although there are similar apps in Britain and Ireland, Malaeb is the first of its kind in the MENA region. At Arabnet Kuwait, CEO Omar Christidis shared news about Malaeb’s first seed investment of $100K by Saudibased VCS and 500 startups. The app is currently available on both IOS and Android and so far includes 30 football fields across Bahrain. Malaeb’s CEO has mentioned that the app will expand to Saudi Arabia in the near future.
Co-founded by Naser Al-qatami and Mohammed Alkhazal, Orddr is the first B2B platform for the food industry in Kuwait. The platform connects food suppliers to hotels, restaurants, cafes, and commercial buyers with the ultimate goal of helping businesses on both sides to cut costs.
Orddr helps restaurants and small businesses side-step any suppliers that might be running a monopoly to find smaller suppliers or suppliers that have a certain niche, and can literally help them connect with an entire supply chain. For suppliers, the benefits are immense; they can advertise bulk prices, give quotations to buyers, post photos of their products, receive payments, and track reports and receive feedback.
So far Orddr is only available in Kuwait, but big things are on the horizon as they won this year’s Arabnet Kuwait’s Startup battle, beating 4 other Kuwaiti startups.
from angel investors which will go towards expanding their online reach and bringing more professionals on board. Although there are startups in the GCC like Nabnee or Lebanon’s Moodfit that Saudi-based Foodics is a cloud-based ipad POS and restaurant management system for transactions, inventorykeeping, employee scheduling, loyalty programs and e-commerce. The startup also helps cut costs as the startup sells both the hardware and offers customer service, and is also unique in that it is done in Arabic, giving it a huge advantage also connect homeowners to designers, Darpedia connects people that work on all aspects of home design and also features a wide catalogue of different design styles to choose from. Country: Jordan Launched: 2017 Category: Interior design