Claims to be MENA’s first comprehensive digital idea incubator

  • Intigral has launched AFKAR.me, the region’s first full-spectrum digital sector start-up and entrepreneur incubator. The six vital areas of support that will be provided for winning entrepreneurs and start-ups to turn their ideas into valuable products are a seed fund of 20,000 USD per team, dedicated Intigral management support as well as external mentor support to guide the team through every step of the process, free office space at Intigral’s Dubai and Riyadh offices, advice and support from experts in the field – both within Intigral and with partners, access to MENA market with a special focus on KSA and a fun and creative experience surrounded by talented people. 

     

    Interested applicants can apply online at AFKAR.me. Speaking at the launch of AFKAR.me, Ismaeel Makdisi, Intigral’s Acting CEO said, “While there are a number of existing initiatives that help entrepreneurs and start-ups at various stages of their development, AFKAR.me is the first full-spectrum program developed in the region. Through AFKAR.me we are giving anyone with a great digital idea not only support at every stage of its development, but importantly direct access to the MENA market via our existing clients and investors.”

     

    The program will be an annual initiative with four applications a year, targeting two intakes each from UAE and KSA respectively. Importantly, if a project does not get selected they can develop on the feedback given during the boot camp weekend and re-apply to the next intake. Applications are now open until the 10th of November 2013. 

     

    AFKAR.me partners will play a key role in the selection and mentorship process. They include MBC Ventures, Wamda, Arabnet, Dubai SME, STC Ventures, Altran, The Online Project, Astrolabs, and Middle East Venture Partners. Ketchum Raad is the communications partner. 

 

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