Startup Arabia captures the untold stories of the high-tech entrepreneurs in the Arab world who are giving rise to one of the most vibrant and fertile tech hubs in the world today. Through their bold vision, creativity, and tenacity they are transforming business in this region at record speed, ultimately surfacing an endless stream of new opportunities for wealth creation and social impact.
Through a collection of interviews, Startup Arabia touches on the early days of those entrepreneurs and the startups they created. How they got the initial idea? What challenges they faced and how they overcame? What lessons they learned from those experiences? What advice do they have for the next generation of entrepreneurs? What they believe is required to ensure continued development of a startup ecosystem in the region?
Not only did these entrepreneurs conquer the usual challenges of new tech startups, they managed to break from deep-seated tradition and societal limiting beliefs, cut through red tape, and navigate an often unfriendly startup environment.
While some consider their achievements a potential cure to many of the region’s socioeconomic problems such as unemployment, poverty, poor education, corruption, and terrorism; whether they can make a significant and lasting difference in those areas is yet to be seen. Still, their stories offer more than business lessons; they represent an insightful case study of how technology and innovation can affect long-standing social barriers, paving the way for a better and more promising environment.
Ultimately, Startup Arabia provides an eye-opening, refreshing look, and much-needed call to action to all aspiring entrepreneurs across the region to help reshape the future of the Arab world.