Hot on the heels of Google's announcement that it is to set up a US$100m capital fund for startups in the consumer internet, software, clean technology, healthcare and biotech sectors, the climate for startups in the Middle East seems to be unaffected by the economic storm.
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Finally, another source of help for startups has been announced. The Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation (MBRF) has signed a memorandum of understanding with Microsoft Gulf to become a BizSpark network partner. The BizSpark programme provides technology startups with discounted Microsoft software and support. In order to qualify, businesses must be privately held, earn less than US$1 million per year and have been operational for less than three years.
I've been writing about technology for nearly 20 years, including editing industry magazines Connect and Communications International. In 2002 I co-founded Futurity Media with Anthony Plewes. My focus in Futurity Media is in emerging technologies, social media and future gazing. As a graduate of philosophy & science, I have studied futurology & foresight to the post-grad level.