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Wamda launches Wamdacard programme to support entrepreneurs

United Arab Emirates: Thursday, May 09 - 2013 @ 15:55

Around the globe, cards like WamdaCard have become essential tools for high-powered and deeply committed entrepreneurs looking to build global companies.

In the Arab world, starting up a business and scaling it regionally can be expensive, as the processes of registering a business, setting up, opening offices, traveling internationally for meetings, handling logistics, and finding good legal advice pose challenges that are overcome only with finance and access.

WamdaCard is designed to grant that access. The exclusive members-only programme lowers the cost of launching a company in the Middle East and North Africa by offering unique products and services that facilitate travel, web design, co-working spaces, advertising, office space, shipping, consulting, events and job postings, and more.

All of the benefits are expressly tailored to entrepreneurs, and are designed to take the Arab ecosystem to the next level by connecting entrepreneurs to the essential expertise and resources they need.

Current benefits include:
•a Google Adwords voucher
•20% off from Aramex domestic and international shipping.
•15% off for 12 months at email service SendGrid.
•3 months free subscription at music platform Deezer.
•Free admission to any of Wamda’s Mix N’ Mentor Events.
•15% off on your bill at MAKE Business Hub in Dubai.
•Discounts on events including Le Web, The Mobile Show, and The Global App Summit.

Thus far, the card has been tested by over 300 entrepreneurs, who have benefitted from a variety of its services. Elie Habib of Anghami, a music streaming platform based in Beirut, noted, “As any entrepreneur, I had a last minute trip to a fully-booked Dubai. I used WamdaCard, and received a brilliant follow up from a team that managed to find me a room in a great hotel at an incredibly low price. I can’t praise the service enough.”

The card will add new services throughout the year, to continue serving the needs of entrepreneurs.

“The idea behind WamdaCard is to reduce the friction of setting up and running a business as much as possible, while rewarding entrepreneurs with exclusive benefits. By bringing together a large number of members, we’re able to negotiate deals that would be impossible to obtain individually. And from the partners’ standpoint, WamdaCard is an effective channel to reach out to, support and build business relationships with the region’s entrepreneurs,” says Roland Daher, Wamda’s Head of Business Development.

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