Weekly Roundup – Top startup news you ought not to miss [16 Nov – 22 Nov]

Here’s to this week’s news roundup, featuring the top startup news and stories from MENA and India published on LAFFAZ from 16 to 22 November.


Top Startup News & Stories of Week

The following list encompasses the selected news feeds out of the ones published on LAFFAZ last week – talking about MENA startups and the Indian startup ecosystem, such as startup funding updates, acquisitions, partnerships, developments, launches and other major announcements.

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Bahrain’s Investcorp invests in Indian logistics startup Xpressbees

Bahrain’s Investcorp, on Sunday, announced that it has invested an undisclosed sum in the Series E round for Indian logistics company, Xpressbees. On contrary, various Indian media houses reported that Xpressbees has raised $110 million in the latest funding round.
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Egypt’s ExpandCart bags $2.5 million Series A funding

Cairo, Egypt-based e-commerce solution provider, ExpandCart, on Sunday announced that the company has raised $2.5 million funding in Series A round, led by Sawari Ventures, with participation from Agility VenturesGraphene Ventures, and a couple of angel investors.
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Education-focused NBFC, Eduvanz acquires edtech startup Klarity

Mumbai, India-based edtech-focused NBFC, Eduvanz on Thursday announced that it has acquired Klarity, a Mumbai-based edtech startup. The financial of the acquisition deal were undisclosed.
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UAE’s Fruitful Day bags $817K via Eureeca crowdfunding platform

UAE-based F&B startup Fruitful Day, on Thursday raised AED 3 million (around $817K) via Eureeca, an equity crowdfunding platform. Launched in 2015 by Marie Christine LuijckxLyla Dalal AlRawi and Lindsey Fournie, Fruitful Day delivers fresh food, snacks and beverages through its platform.
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App4Legal, UAE-based legaltech startup bags Pre-Series A funding

UAE-based legal-tech software editor, App4Legal, on Monday raised Pre-Series A funding from Betatron, a venture capital fund, and Dubai Angel Investors (DAI). The financials of the funding deal were undisclosed. The company said, that the fresh capital will be deployed towards boosting App4Legal’s growth plans across Asia and Europe.
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[Startup Launch] UAE’s Fenix, micro-mobility startup launches with $3.8 Mn seed funding

UAE-based Fenix, a micro-mobility startup, on Wednesday, announced that it has been launched in the UAE, post-raising seed capital of $3.8 million from Maniv Mobility, an Israel-based venture capital fund. The funding round is notably the largest pre-launch funding in the UAE startup ecosystem till date.
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Egypt’s Wuilt bags $535K seed funding to expand to KSA

Egypt-based Wuilt, a SaaS Arabic website builder, on Tuesday, raised $535K in a seed funding round from DAAL VCMENA Tech Fund, some MENA-based angel investors, and follow-on funding from Flat6Labs Cairo.
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[Exclusive] Immensa Technology Labs makes the largest additive manufacturing (3D Printing) investment in Saudi Arabia

UAE-based Immensa Technology Labs, the region’s leading additive manufacturing (3D Printing) company, in a statement to LAFFAZ, on Tuesday, announced its foray into the Saudi market through the acquisition of two leading 3D- printing companies in KSA, Shakl3D and LayLabs. The move is part of Immensa’s mandate to further extend its presence regionally and expand its reach and range of services to its clients in the Kingdom.
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RedBox, Saudi-based smart locker startup raises funding from Vision Ventures

Saudi Arabia-based venture capital firm, Vision Ventures, on Sunday, announced that it has invested an undisclosed amount in the Saudi Arabia-based smart locker startup RedBox.
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▸ [Feature] Swethal Kumar, CEO of StartupScale360 shares his view of UAE startup ecosystem at ITU Global Innovation Forum 2020

The 5-day virtual event took participants on global and regional learning journeys to empower participants with new approaches, insights, tools, frameworks, communities and relevant case studies to understand how to mainstream sustainable ecosystems that accelerate digital transformation.
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Over to you…

Did you find any other news published on LAFFAZ even important than the ones covered above? Please let us know in the comments below. Stay tuned for the next week’s startup news roundup.

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