The MENA Group

Startup Consulting in the Middle East and North Africa

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Who We Are


The Middle East and North Africa Group (The MENA Group) is a new initiative operating under the Center for Entrepreneurship and Development in Asia, the Middle East, and North Africa at the Haas School of Business. We connect undergraduate and graduate students at the University of California, Berkeley with the most promising startups in the Middle East and North Africa.

While students gain international venture capital and consulting experience by providing data-driven strategy and management consultation, the startups benefit from the application of Silicon Valley business models and technical expertise.

A new UC Berkeley initiative at the Haas School of Business that offers international consulting services and venture capital resources to startups in the Middle East and North Africa.
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What We Do


The MENA Group offers business consulting and data-driven market analysis to startups in the Middle East and North Africa. We work with each startup over the course of one semester.

Strategy & Management Consulting

Teams of three MBA students are assigned to 2-4 startups from our partner incubators. As the MBAs communicate with the CEOs of the startups on a weekly basis, they leverage their expertise to provide advice based on the individual needs of each startup. At the end of every cycle, the best startups pitch to sector-specific venture capital firms in Silicon Valley. The connection between the startups and venture capital firms is facilitated by our partnership with Plug and Play Tech Center--the world's largest startup accelerator.

Research & Development

Undergraduate and graduate data scientists compile, aggregate, and anaylze data to understand emerging trends in the MENA startup ecosystem. They develop predictive models and create representations of complex data sets that allow the startups to clearly visualize emerging sector-level trends. At the end of each cycle, the data scientists release an online report outlining their findings with the aim of showcasing the MENA startup landscape.

Clients


We are currently partnered with two incubators in Cairo--AUC Venture Lab and Flat6Labs. Both have received recognition as the top incubators in the region from sources including Arab Business Report and Wamda Capital. Our partner incubators connect us with their most promising startups.

We aim to address the needs of each startup at every level, and we handpick consultant teams with the most appropriate experience and expertise.






AUC Venture lab is a leading university-based startup accelerator and incubator. Their startups work in industries varying from e-commerce, renewable energy, and education to gaming, arts, and fashion. Startups are selected based on their tenacity for success, team cohesion, and commitment.



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Flat6Labs is a regional startup accelerator program that fosters and invests in bright and passionate entrepreneurs with cutting-edge ideas. They provide seed funding, strategic mentorship, a creative workspace, entrepreneurship-focused business training, and directly support startups through an expansive network of partner entities, mentors, and investors.


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We invite MBA students to apply to be consultants.
Click here to apply. The deadline for applications is October 1st at 11:59 PM PST.

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