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Flat6Labs Is Seeking The Next Big Levant Region Startups

The program will focus on women, minorities, and internally-displaced entrepreneurs.



flat6labs is seeking the next big levant region startups

Flat6Labs, the MENA venture capital and accelerator, hopes to boost underserved demographics based in Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, and the Levant region. Announced this week, Flat6Labs’ program will focus on women, minorities, and internally-displaced entrepreneurs.

Open to people aged 18-45, Flat6Labs is searching for entrepreneurs in “education, fintech, financial inclusion, healthcare technology, agriculture, environment, and information and communication technology”.

The program will comprise three main tracks: StartMashreq Academy, the Growth Support Program, and the Incubation program, with the latter featuring interactive sessions, seminars, training courses on specialized topics, and articles from leading regional experts.

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“The Arab world, and the Levant region in particular, has always been full of promising young people with big ambitions. Unfortunately, many of the youth in our region lack access to the tools, resources, and opportunities they need to succeed. Through this initiative, we hope to inspire an entrepreneurial movement and provide the tools and resources necessary to nurture that movement,” says Yehia Houry, Flat6Labs Chief Programs Officer.

For the startup incubation part of the program, four cycles will take place, helping participants to build business plans and growth strategies, along with various mentorship sessions.


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Initial Trials Of Dubai’s Driverless Evocargo Trucks Completed

Testing was announced on July 17, and the completion is a major milestone towards upgrading the region’s logistics infrastructure.



initial trials of dubai's driverless evocargo trucks completed
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A Dubai-based company has completed the initial trials for the UAE’s first driverless trucks. The groundbreaking achievement by Evocargo, partnering with Dubai South, took place at Dubai South Logistics District, and marked a significant step towards incorporating autonomous technologies into the region’s wider logistics infrastructure.

Announced on Wednesday, July 17th, the trials featured the Evocargo N1 unmanned electric truck navigating a predetermined route within a controlled setting. The test involved interactions with common road obstacles such as cars, trucks, and pedestrians, aiming to evaluate the vehicle’s hardware and software reliability, accident prevention systems, and overall readiness for public road use.

Officials were keen to highlight that this accomplishment aligns with the UAE’s ambitious strategy to position itself as a global leader in innovation and technology adoption. The country aims to have 25% of all transportation in Dubai autonomous by 2030, underscoring its commitment to revolutionizing the logistics sector using advanced technologies.

Mohsen Ahmad, CEO of the Logistics District at Dubai South, emphasized the importance of the collaboration with Evocargo in enhancing the region’s logistics capabilities. He noted that autonomous vehicles are set to increase efficiency, reduce carbon emissions, and establish a sustainable logistics infrastructure that will benefit both Dubai and the wider UAE.

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Ahmed Al-Ansi, CEO of Evocargo Autonomous Logistic Services, also expressed optimism that the trials will draw new customers and investments across the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries. The partnership aims to lead in innovative tech solutions, further establishing the UAE as a pioneer in autonomous transportation.

The successful completion of the trials marks a crucial step towards realizing the UAE’s vision for a technologically advanced and sustainable future in which autonomous vehicles are expected to play a pivotal role in global logistics.

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