The Middle East’s startup ecosystem continues to mature as entrepreneurs look to tap innovative business opportunities across the region. Investors too have an increased appetite for funding as they invest in MENA-based startups that fix transit systems, insure people, facilitate e-payments and even offer robo-backed investment advisory solutions.
While everyone wished you a happy 2018, here at Brate, we want to make sure that this year would be a great one to your business.
That’s why we’re very excited to announce the launch of our new “Claim Business” feature that allows business owners to unlock their free account, have full control over their business information and more importantly, have the ability to add their products driving more traffic to their store.
At Brate, we’re constantly searching for smarter ways of helping local businesses attract customers looking for products they sell. To ensure we do that more effectively, we have decided to focus on the right set of markets and stores, and are introducing “Brate Product Ads” our most anticipated product that helps businesses expand their reach to other online platforms including Facebook, Instagram and Google Ads.
The startup scene in the Arab world continues to boom, culminating this year in several high value deals. These include the acquisition of Souq.com by Amazon, construction major Emaar Malls buying a majority stake in Namshi.com, and Careem raising half a billion dollars from the likes of Rakuten Inc., STC Ventures, Kingdom Holding Company and Daimler.
Our key objective at Brate is to help local retailers attract customers searching online for products and services near them. To ensure that the communication between business owners and customers become even more seamless on Brate, we’re introducing new features that help those businesses keep track of their customers’ interactions and more importantly help them communicate with them the way each customer prefers.
While we continue improving Brate.com and make it ever more useful to our users, especially after the launch of the new design and your continuous feedback, we are very excited to announce the launch of “Brate for Business”, Brate’s Analytics platform for business owners.
2016 was a great year for Brate: Traffic grew by triple digits crossing the 3m mark from 2.6m unique users. During that year, we also closed our seed investment round to achieve two main goals: Launch the next-generation of Brate.com, and to
Introduce “Brate for Business”, the new Business Platform.
Brate announced today that it has secured $400,000 in capital for its Seed Financing round to continue to drive growth and dominate the Middle East and North African region.
After launching London last month with over 100,000 places, we’re super excited to announce that Brate was selected one of the top 15 companies to attend Phase II of the UK Lebanon Tech Hub programme taking place in London.
It’s what we all strive to achieve. And what better way to fast forward Brate then joining top-notch international accelerator programs: We’re excited to announce that Brate has joined the UK Lebanon Tech Hub and Silicon Valley’s Blackbox Connect programs.