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Arab startups connect with Silicon Valley

Some of the Middle East's fastest growing companies visited the United States in search of advice and inspiration.
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Some of the fastest growing companies from across the Middle East and North Africa are headed home with rekindled ambition and fattened address books after meeting some of the biggest names in US tech.

Nineteen companies participated last week in what is being described as the first-ever immersion program designed to bridge the Arab World and Silicon Valley. Entrepreneurs got to visit some of the world's top tech firms, including Google, Facebook and Twitter, and were offered one-on-one opportunities to tap would-be mentors for advice and even seek out potential investors.

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