Hala Fadel (Chair at MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab) and Kushal Shah (Partner at Roland Berger’s Dubai office) discuss the findings of the ‘Arab Entrepreneurship Maturity Index: Insights and Forecasts’ report while providing an in-depth look at the state of business and innovation in light of the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.

Hala and Kushal received a number of questions from the audience that dealt with the ongoing pandemic and how startups and investors around the world are coping with the new realities surrounding funding mechanisms, operations, and keeping the company culture alive.

In its second edition, the report provides a fresh perspective on how the MIT Enterprise Forum Arab Startup Competition impacted the regional startup scene. The report contextualizes empirical evidence collected from MITEF alumni around the MENA region, including anecdotes, case studies, and predictions. Furthermore, the report pays particular attention to the state of social entrepreneurship in the Arab region, where it is currently being mistaken for a ‘charity’ or an ‘NGO’. The report aims to provide a holistic view of the ease of starting a business in each Arab country.

To download the report: https://mitefarab.org/impactreport

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