Danube shares glimpse into future of e-commerce

CEO of DanubeCo. Ltd. and BinDawood Stores Ahmad A.R. BinDawood and Co-Founder and CEO of Danube Online Majed M. Al-Tahan. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 11 October 2018
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Danube shares glimpse into future of e-commerce

Danube Online and the Danube App took center stage at this year’s Applications World Forum, which ran from Oct 4-6, hosted by the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI). 

In its second year running, Applications World Forum gathers application owners, beneficiaries, investors and emerging projects in alignment of Vision 2030, and provides a platform for the region’s technology leaders to come together to discuss the current growth trends and future potential for applications in the Kingdom. 

Co-Founder and CEO of Danube Online Majed M. Al-Tahan and CEO of DanubeCo. Ltd. and BinDawood Stores Ahmad A.R. BinDawood offered a joint presentation to the forum’s delegates, which delved into insights of how the e-commerce industry is set to evolve in future and the exponential growth opportunities for e-commerce in the Kingdom. Their presentation also detailed how since its launch in 2017, Danube Online and the Danube App have redefined grocery shopping in the Kingdom and become one of the biggest e-commerce grocery platforms in the Middle East. 

“It’s wonderful that the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce are such champions of innovation. By providing this platform and supportive environment for innovators, entrepreneurs and businesses alike to learn about enriched digital innovation to advance applications in Saudi Arabia, the chamber is a beacon for large and small businesses alike in growing e-commerce,” said Al-Tahan.

“As one of the biggest retailers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, we are delighted to be at the Applications Word Forum to demonstrate how the Danube App is transforming grocery shopping in the Kingdom. Technology allows us to offer new choices to customers and consumers are embracing e-commerce,” added BinDawood.


360-degree mentoring to boost Saudi social enterprise sector

Updated 23 May 2019
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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.