.ME is a popular name with startups, partly because of the punny-ness of it (in more that one language), but mostly because it gives a special personal note to any name or site. Now a new startup accelerator program is opening its doors in the Middle East and it too has chosen to end its name in .ME.

Afkar.Me, a joint venture between Saudi Telecom Company and All Asia Networks, is dedicated to supporting the growth of the region’s digital sector by sourcing, incubating and developing innovative business ideas from startups and entrepreneurs.  It is the first full spectrum digital incubator developed in the MENA region, that gives entrepreneurs everything they require to take their ideas and make them come to life, adding long term value to the digital ecosystem of the Middle East.

The accelerator values diversity and original thinking and has recently successfully ended its search for smart, inspiring and hardworking teams developing a digital product. Altogether 70 startups from 18 countries applied to join the program, 10 of which were shortlisted and got to pitch on Saturday in front of Juan Jose De La Torre, vice president of strategy, technology and operations at Intigral, which is running the accelerator.

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