Digital agency Intigral has launched AFKAR.me, a full-spectrum digital sector start-up and entrepreneur incubator. AFKAR.me will source, incubate and develop innovative business ideas from start-ups and entrepreneurs.
The MENA region is experiencing monumental digital growth and is forecast to grow by three times to evolve to an estimated $18 billion opportunity by 2018. With the growth, has come a boom in entrepreneurship. However, while there are start-up incubators and accelerators in the region, none of them offer the full spectrum of services that entrepreneurs require. AFKAR.me is set to change this.
Open to applications both from the region and globally, the initiative offers anyone with a great idea the unique opportunity to receive support from Intigral’s expertise, and an unparalleled access to the Middle East market.
The program will be an annual initiative with four applications a year, targeting two intakes each from UAE and KSA respectively. Importantly, if a project does not get selected they can develop on the feedback given during the boot camp weekend and re-apply to the next intake. Applications are now open until the 10th of November 2013.
AFKAR.me partners will play a key role in the selection and mentorship process. They include MBC Ventures, Wamda, Arabnet, Dubai SME, STC Ventures, Altran, The Online Project, Astrolabs, and Middle East Venture Partners. Ketchum Raad is the communications partner.