SME World

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Enterprise Forum Saudi Arabia, a chapter of the MIT Enterprise Forum (MITEF) Global in collaboration with Bab Rizq Jameel, the Community Jameel initiative, has announced that registration is open for its fourth annual Saudi Startup Competition. This year’s edition will be held under the slogan “Challenge Yourself” and aims to nurture entrepreneurship and stimulate entrepreneurs in the Kingdom to contribute effectively to achieving the goals of Saudi Vision 2030.

The Central Bank of the UAE (CBUAE) Governor H.E. Mubarak Rashed Al Mansoori welcomed H.E. Kanji Fujiki, Japan’s Ambassador to the UAE and a delegation of high ranking officials from the Japanese Government and banking sector, for a seminar to learn about the support systems and regulatory measures that make up the foundations for a thriving SME sector in Japan.

Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry will head a new working group which will be tasked with engaging various public and private sector stakeholders and tackling a variety of banking challenges faced by SMEs, startups and entrepreneurs in Dubai.

The Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry recently hosted an informative seminar examining the role of CSR in driving business growth which provided a platform for Dubai-based SMEs to share knowledge, insights and best practices.

The Middle East has a new online skills marketplace that connects businesses looking to supplement their workplace talent with on-demand, contingent workers. Maharati’s online workforce (Microlancers), sell their skills via fixed priced packages (Gigs), that are delivered digitally via the secure platform. Arabic for “my skills”, Maharati is the first multilingual micro-services marketplace in the region.