Holidayme among top startups in Arab world: Forbes

Mansour bin Madi, co-founder of Holidayme, Saudi Arabia
Updated 21 October 2017

Holidayme among top startups in Arab world: Forbes

Holidayme, an online travel portal established in 2014, is on a winning streak, with two significant recognitions earned in a span of one week.
The startup has been named third among the top startups in the Arab world by Forbes Middle East.
It ranked fifth in the UAE last year and this year’s rank is being celebrated as a huge achievement by Holidayme, a brand that started just two years ago in the region.
Its second success came when Holidayme received the “Online Business of the Year Award” at the recently concluded Gulf Capital’s SME Awards.
“This is a proud achievement for us at Holidayme, to be recognized and honored among our peers from the travel fraternity,” said Mansour bin Madi, co-founder of Holidayme, Saudi Arabia.
He added: “Our team’s sole aim is to focus on achieving our goal and strengthening our position in the travel industry. Leaving not only our competitors but all the businesses that operate using an online space behind, this is a reflection of our exceptional business model and establishes us as a strong business in the travel industry.”
Holidayme offers integrated travel services ranging from holidays, hotels, customised itineraries and flights to customers across the Middle East. In a span of less than two years, it claims to have grown to be a trusted brand across the region.

360-degree mentoring to boost Saudi social enterprise sector

Updated 23 May 2019

360-degree mentoring to boost Saudi social enterprise sector

The King Khalid Foundation (KKF) and Mowgli Mentoring have collaborated to strengthen the growing social enterprise sector in the Kingdom through the provision of 360-degree mentoring, which will support the personal and professional development of social entrepreneurs. The EMCC-accredited mentoring organization is working to built the capacity of Saudi mentors by instilling best mentoring practices and sharing experiences from its 10-year work around the world.

Globally, the concept of social entrepreneurship is increasingly gaining momentum and positive attention as it combines commerce with social good, allowing entrepreneurs to go beyond profit to positively impact communities and societies. Supporting these entrepreneurs, therefore, is in line with the KKF’s vision, which is to have a Saudi society with equal opportunities.

The KKF’s collaboration with Mowgli resulted in the creation of the Athar (Impact) Mentoring Program.

This program aims to build and increase the capacity of Saudi mentors, and equip them with the necessary tools to be able to provide mentorship, support and guidance to social entrepreneurs in the Kingdom. Matching mentors with social entrepreneurs and managing their mentorship relationships is a key benefit of the program.

To commence the mentoring program, Mowgli recently delivered a four-day workshop in the KKF premises in Riyadh. Fourteen professionals and business leaders received training to be 360-degree mentors before being matched with 14 social entrepreneurs. Both groups were provided with the guidelines to build solid foundations for their 1-2-1 mentoring relationships. In addition, the matched pairs will be supported over a duration of six months, during which structured on-going support will be provided to ensure that trust-based and impactful mentoring relationships are developed.

Mowgli Mentoring’s CEO Kathleen Bury said: “We see this program supporting the three themes on which the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 was built upon: Developing a vibrant society, a thriving economy and an ambitious nation. By supporting social entrepreneurs, we’re working toward achieving the Kingdom’s economic aspirations of increasing SME GDP contribution by 20–30 percent by 2030. We are, therefore, excited to be back in Saudi Arabia and are honored to be working with the King Khalid Foundation in delivering this program, and building Saudi Arabia’s mentoring capacity to sustainably support change-makers and their surrounding ecosystems for years to come.”

The key to developing entrepreneurship and fostering economic development lies in having a well-balanced ecosystem with equal investment in four key pillars: Environment (schooling, parenting), finance (working capital, debt and equity financing), infrastructure (incubators, accelerators, utilities and sound legal frameworks) and human capital development (mentoring, skills and knowledge development). Mowgli supports the latter and has successfully delivered more than 110 mentoring programs across the Middle East, North Africa and sub-Saharan Africa.