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Ramesh Jagannathan addressing people

The rise of the angel investor in the UAE

The UAE and wider region, still don't have enough angels. "If you look at the US there are 400 of these angel groups and there are 300,000 angel investors. Over here there is of course VentureSouq, Wain, Womena – there are a few groups doing a really good job, but we need more of them.

Are Angel Investors Born or Made?

VentureSouq Director, Tammer Qaddumi, writes about the current state of entrepreneurship and the future of angel investment in the MENA region in anticipation for the Angel Rising Investor Education Symposium.