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Arab World Start-ups Need Partners, Pathways, and Talent to Access Markets

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Sep 26, 2016 / 0 Comments

Market access is critical to the growth of start-ups in the Middle East and North Africa(MENA). Start-ups seeking to scale up their operations need to think in terms of regional, rather than solely national, growth strategies from day one. However, maneuvering themselves into new countries is a complex process, and one that hinges on finding the pathways, people, and partners for market expansion.


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Jamil Wyne

Jamil Wyne lived and worked in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) for over six years, leading projects and conducting research to support entrepreneurship development. He founded and led the Wamda Research Lab, focusing on MENA’s startup community, which has published numerous studies, interviewed and surveyed thousands of entrepreneurs and investors, and worked with institutions including the World Bank, General Electric and Google. He was a Fulbright Fellow in Syria and Jordan and worked the World Bank, International Finance Corporation, INJAZ Al Arab and Ashoka. He is an advisor to several social enterprises and authored a chapter of a book on MENA social entrepreneurship and in a forthcoming book on technology and innovation in humanitarian aid. His work has been featured in outlets such as Stanford Social Innovation Review, Innovations Magazine (MIT Press), World Economic Forum, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Knowledge@Wharton, Al Jazeera and Huffington Post. He has a BA from Bowdoin College and is enrolled in a joint degree program with the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and INSEAD business school.


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