This article was first published by Forbes Middle East on 20th September , 2016 and is written by Kamal Hassan, Founder at The Cribb.
Walk down a street in the Middle East, and you’re going to see a LOT of falafel shops. To a certain degree, this is because a lot of us like falafels. But that’s not the real reason there are so many.
In reality, this is the easiest business opportunity to copy. Someone who wants to be an entrepreneur — but who doesn’t want to think that hard about what people really need — simply looks around and finds the easiest successful business model that he can copy.
Hence, we end up with so many falafel shops. This is definitely not the path to true innovation.
We were happy to host Somali Expat Forum at The Cribb last week. This is a platform created for and by Somali Professionals, Entrepreneurs and University Student to connect, engage and share valuable experiences, ideas and knowledge. The objective of this group is to support and guide Somali professionals and University students finding jobs through referrals, mentorship and sharing relevant market intelligence in the UAE & Qatar.
We held our first FinTech episode at The Cribb last week, where our guest startup was an aspiring UAE based FinTech company Bridg.
The FinTech Series are free public sessions for the FinTech enthusiasts, experts and entrepreneurs. The aim is to give an opportunity for the FinTech startup community to meet, discuss and share success stories, industry related matters and best practices on how to continue with such a disruption.
WOW! What a weekend at The Cribb! We were busy with NASA Space Apps Challenge, MakersBuilders.com coding academy, AND we were happy to host a training session by WOMENA - the angel investor network. Good times!