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DoH, Plug and Play launch Healthtech Accelerator Program

With the second cohort of the Abu Dhabi Healthtech Accelerator Program set to kick off in April 2021

Egypt’s SMEs Development Agency allocates $5mln to youth training in 11 governorates

Agency is currently implementing training programmes for youth with special emphasis on Upper Egypt

Egypt, Japan sign MSME facility agreement worth $100mln

New facility aims to boost the ability of MSMEs to lead Egypt’s economic growth through an improvement of access to finance

HSBC, Reefy sign $9.5mln revolving facility for Egyptian women-led MSMEs

Microbusinesses will have access to long-term financing at a competitive interest rate

COVID-19: UAE salaries back to pre-pandemic level for select employees

Many employees in the SME sectors are still waiting for the salary cuts to be restored 

Innovative Startups and SMEs Fund supports Oasis500 with $250,000

Oasis500 will accelerate 16 startups in four cohorts over 28 months via IADP, starting February 2021

Sheraa, Invest in Sharjah join forces to boost Sharjah as leading start-up hub in region

The core objective of the newly formed partnership is to link the high-growth tech start-ups in Sheraa’s founder community to the emirate’s robust investor pool

Small industries complexes to open in Egypt's Assiut, Aswan soon: Minister

The total number of complexes included in the plan will rise to 17

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