Latest Startup News & Stories

Startup news, startup funding updates, acquisitions, partnerships, startup launches, and updates from India, MENA region, including UAE, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain, Jordan, Lebanon and more.

  • Tarfin, Turkey’s agritech startup closes Series A funding from Wamda and others

    Tarfin, the agriculture fintech startup based in Turkey, on Monday (21 September 2020) has secured $5 million in a Series A round.

  • US-based talent marketplace Walzay enters the MENA region

    US-based Walzay, a full-stack hiring solution for businesses has now entered the MENA region by launching a branch in the UAE.

  • [Exclusive] Zomato Co-founder Pankaj Chaddah launches Mindhouse in the UAE

    Gurgaon, Haryana-based meditation and mental wellness startup Mindhouse, on Sunday (20 September 2020) announced its launch in the UAE.

  • MENA-based Wiz Holding raises $2 Mn seed for Wiz Shops

    MENA-based e-commerce enterprise Wiz Holding secures $2 million from international investors from KSA, US, and Canada for Wiz Shops.

  • Virtuzone partners with Zbooni to provide SMEs with transaction solutions powered by WhatsApp

    Virtuzone has partnered with Zbooni to allow its clients quick and seamless access to transaction solutions via Whatsapp

  • Egyptian startup FreshSource selected for 2020 Grow-NY Challenge

    Egypt’s FreshSource is selected among 20 finalists for the 2020 Grow-NY food and beverage innovation and agriculture technology business challenge.

  • Saudi’s Penny Software secures $1.35 Mn seed funding from Wamda and others

    Riyadh, Saudi Arabia-based SaaS startup, Penny Software on Monday raised $1.35 million seed funding from Wamda, Class 5 Global, and others.

  • Kuwait’s JustClean closes $8 Mn Series B funding

    Kuwait-based laundry marketplace platform JustClean, on Sunday raised $8 million in a series B round led by Faith Capital Holding.

  • Halal Angels Network launches Khadija RA Initiative to empower 1001 female entrepreneurs globally

    The Khadija RA Initiative is the world’s largest and exclusive cohort, incubation & acceleration program for 1001 Female Entrepreneurs.

  • Weekly Roundup – Top startup news you ought not to miss [Sep 14 – Sep 20]

    Here’s to this week’s news roundup, featuring the top startup news and stories from MENA and India published on LAFFAZ from 14 to 20 September, 2020.

  • Alsaree3 – Iraqi foodtech startup raises six-figure seed funding

    Alsaree3, a Baghdad, Iraq-based food delivery app and its sister company Al Zajel, have recently closed a 6-figure seed funding round

  • Google removes Paytm app from Google Play Store due to policy violation

    Google on Friday (18 September 2020) has reportedly removed the popular payments and e-wallet app Paytm from Google Play Store.

  • India’s edtech unicorn BYJU’S acquires LabInApp

    Edtech unicorn BYJU’S on Thursday (September 17 2020) acquired LabinApp, an edtech startup backed by Unitus Ventures.