Tagged: mena

OneGram Claims First Sharia Compliant Digital Currency, Lists ICO for Over $500 Million

OneGram announced at Consenus this week the world’s first Sharia-compliant, gold-backed digital currency. The company also announced details for its “OGC” token crowdsale which will begin at the onset of Ramadan. The Initial Coin Offer (ICO) will continue for 120 days. OneGram seeks to raise… Read More

Growing Reg Influence in MENA Fintech: Abu Dhabi Global Market Joins R3 Consortium

Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM), the international financial centre in Abu Dhabi, has joined R3 as a new member of its international consortium. ADGM is the first regulatory body in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region to be part of the R3 consortium, comprising over… Read More

DIFC Accepting Applicants for Fintech Hive Accelerator Program

The Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) has announced it is now accepting applications for its ‘FinTech Hive at DIFC’ accelerator program. The announcement comes after DIFC received registered interest from more than 200 companies since it opened its doors in January. The 12-week program is… Read More

Singapore & Abu Dhabi Sign Cooperation Agreement on Fintech Innovation

  The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) have signed a “Cooperation Agreement” (CA) to encourage closer cooperation on the development Fintech. The agreement seeks to foster entrepreneurship and support innovation in financial services in both Singapore and Abu Dhabi. … Read More

Beehive is First P2P Lender to Receive DFSA Regulatory Approval

Dubai-based Beehive has become the first peer to peer lending platform to be authorised and regulated by the Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA) Beehive reports that the new regulation is a first for the region and may catalyze sector growth of the Fintech industry. Beehive said… Read More

Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance Publishes Africa & Middle East Alternative Finance Report

The Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance (CCAF) has published its first benchmarking report covering alternative finance in the African and Middle East markets. Produced with the support and backing of Energy4Impact, UKAid and CME Group Foundation, the CCAF report states that alternative finance totaled more… Read More

First: Eureeca Receives Equity Crowdfunding License from Dubai Financial Services Authority

Eureeca has become the first equity crowdfunding platform to be officially licensed by the Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA).  Eureeca is a multi-regulated platform, having already received regulatory approval from from the Financial Conduct Authority in the UK and the Securities Commission Malaysia in 2015…. Read More

Eureeca Self Crowdfunding Round is a Turning Point for Business

Dubai-based Eureeca has released a statement following their successful self-crowdfunding round where they raised $400,000 in 12 days. Sam Quawasmi, co-CEO and co-founder, called the event an important one for platform growth.  Today Eureeca has over 12,000 active investors from 42 different countries. “This year has… Read More

Eureeca Easily Closes Self-Crowdfunding Round: 100% Funded

Eureeca closed its self-crowdfunding round this weekend early – 100% funded. The offer closed after just 12 days of being available online. The securities offer was over 60% funded on day one Based in Dubai, Euereeca has bigger ambitions having received FCA approval in the… Read More

Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance Launches First Industry Study for Middle East & Africa

  Inaugural Middle East & Africa Alternative Finance Benchmarking Study. The Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School is launching its first Middle East & Africa Alternative Finance Benchmarking Study. This study on alternative finance follows the successful publication of… Read More

Global Platform Eureeca Updates on AIG Crowdfunding Insurance & Plans for International Expansion

Eureeca is the very first investment crowdfunding platform to set up shop in the Middle East. The home office in Dubai has been complimented with offices in both London and Kuala Lumpur.  Eureeca is a truly global platform seeking to help smaller companies raise capital in… Read More

Beehive: UAE Innovation Report

Beehive, a young peer to peer lending platform, and Thomson Reuters, have partnered on an innovation white paper regarding the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The document, embedded below, is designed to learn how small business approach innovation.  Beehive hosted a roundtable earlier this year that… Read More

Beehive Celebrates One Year of Peer to Peer Lending

Dubai-based Beehive, a marketplace/P2P lending platform has celebrated it’s one year anniversary this week.  In September 2015, Beehive pioneered a global first by becoming the first independently certified Sharia compliant P2P platform.  With its Sharia-compliant offering, Beehive supports Dubai’s strategy to become the capital of the… Read More

Know Your Customer: Veridu Provides User Verification to Real Estate Crowdfunding Platform Durise

Veridu, a user verification service, has signed on Durise as its newest customer.  Durise is a new real estate crowdfunding platform based in Dubai, that targets opportunities across the Middle East. Durise, enables many individuals to purchase a small percentage of a property thus making… Read More

P2P Lender Beehive Aided by Clyde & Co’s Islamic Finance Team with Sharia Certification

Clyde & Co, an international law firm operating mainly in the MENA region, states it has advised Beehive on its Sharia certification.  Beehive announced the receipt of its certification earlier this week. The peer to peer lending platform received approval by the Shariyah Review Bureau (SRB). The certification… Read More

Eureeca Announces First UK Business to Raise Capital on Dubai based Crowdfunding Platform

Dubai based investment crowdfunding platform Eureeca received FCA approval this past March.  Now the funding portal is announcing the first UK company to raise capital for domestic growth and expansion into Dubai and other markets marking the first time a business outside the Middle East… Read More

WeziWezi Claims Most Funded Campaign on Eureeca Crowdfunding Platform

Jordan based WeziWezi has claimed the most funded status on investment crowdfunding platform Eureeca.  The Arabic language “social entertainment platform” raised $242,957 from 35 investors.  The projected topped the second highest funding amount on Eureeca by over $80,000. WeziWezi sold 6.25% equity in the young… Read More

Eureeca Receives FCA Approval in “Landmark” Event for Dubai Based Crowdfunding Platform

The Financial Conduct Authority has approved the application of Dubai based Eureeca and is now regulated under UK rules.  Eureeca is a leading investment crowdfunding platform in the Middle East.  According to Eureeca, the funding portal is seeking to assist UK based SMEs looking to enter… Read More

Crowd Valley & Gulf Wealth Management Partner on Investment Platform

Gulf Wealth Management (GWM) has asked Crowd Valley to assist in the development of a customer facing investment platform plus back office features for its digital wealth site targeting investors in the Arabian Gulf region. GWM has launched a crowdfunding campaign on Seedrs to raise… Read More