Female Fusion, the largest professional community for female entrepreneurs, has launched its official Business Directory, a first of its kind in the MENA region. This Directory consolidates female-founded businesses wherein the founders hold a share of 51% or more, indicated by a ‘W’ next to the listing and also businesses that are led by women. The platform provides an opportunity for women-owned businesses to gain visibility and makes it easy for potential clients and customers to discover verified and legally operational businesses in the UAE and support them to grow.

AstroLabs, MENA’s technology ecosystem builder, launched its first edition of the ‘AstroLabs Showcase’ series in Riyadh on March 30th, a gathering showcasing how AstroLabs has been contributing to the MENA ecosystem and specifically its impact in Saudi over the past 9 years.

OMNES Influencers, the influencer platform that is a joint venture between OMNES Media and Shams Media Services (A Sharjah Media City subsidiary), has launched specialized influencer networks targeting multiple business segments. The specialist networks are made up of a mix of local and international influencers from various industries and economic fields, brought together to champion business sectors and emerging projects on modern social media networking platforms.

Sharjah Entrepreneurship Center (Sheraa) in collaboration with TDRA’s ICT Fund, has organized a discussion session entitled "Web3: Building a Community in the Metaverse" in Sharjah Research, Technology and Innovation Park. The session aims to enhance the entrepreneurial community’s knowledge about the Metaverse and new technologies that may affect their interaction with real and virtual worlds.

A business that started as a student project at Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar (CMU-Q), a Qatar Foundation partner university, has been awarded a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) to identify technology challenges in the areas of student advising, degree progress and tracking.

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