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Facebook set to celebrate Middle East entrepreneurial spirit

Social media giant says it will hold exclusive set of workshops and events at Facebook MENA | Tech Week in Beirut

Facebook set to celebrate Middle East entrepreneurial spirit
Taking place from October 1-3 at the Beirut Digital District (BDD), Facebook's Tech Week will run over the course of three days, and will bring together various groups including start-ups, small and medium businesses (SMBs), women entrepreneurs, and developer circles.

Facebook is set to celebrate the Middle East's vibrant startup ecosystem with exclusive set of workshops and events at Facebook MENA Tech Week.

Taking place from October 1-3 at the Beirut Digital District (BDD), Facebook's Tech Week will run over the course of three days, and will bring together various groups including start-ups, small and medium businesses (SMBs), women entrepreneurs, and developer circles.

Facebook said the initiative is part of its continued commitment to support economic growth in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

The final day will feature TechCrunch Startup Battlefield in MENA, the most renowned start up competition in the world brought to the region for the first time.

TechCrunch Startup Battlefield will bring early stage startups together across the region including Lebanon, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Bahrain who will compete for the opportunity to win a $25,000 prize, as well as being exposed to a big global investment community.

Ari Kesisoglu, vice president for Middle East, Africa & Turkey at Facebook said: “Technology is giving people new opportunities to become entrepreneurs and content creators, and at Facebook our mission is to give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together.

"Businesses and creators have a unique opportunity for growth in connecting with 181M monthly active Facebook users in the Middle East and North Africa and we want to help them do that by providing the right trainings and programmes.”

He added: “Our overall goal of holding ‘Facebook MENA Tech Week’ is not just to inspire and celebrate the startup and wider tech community across the region but also to connect, listen and learn from them.”