Press Release - Michael Lahyani partners with to fuel micro-entrepreneurship in the Middle East

13 March, 2014: Pi Slice, the first web-based social platform dedicated to online funding for Micro-Entrepreneurs in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) is excited to announce its partnership with, the UAE’s leading property portal. As part of the association, and Pi Slice have launched a ‘lending page’ to encourage the wider community towards online micro-lending. Companies and individuals in the UAE can view a list of unique micro financed projects through the joint page and choose to provide support to the project of their choice.

In collaboration with the portal, Pi Slice brings a unique proposition to the MENA region, through which individuals and companies who wish to invest, are linked with MENA-based micro-finance institutions (MFIs), which, in turn, use the funds to provide micro-credit to their customers. Through this, motivated individuals and companies can help build a sustainable future for aspiring micro-entrepreneurs.

“There are many micro-entrepreneurs with great skills and ideas who simply need people and organisations to believe in them and to provide them with support,” said Pi Slice CEO, Genny Ghanimeh. “By providing them access to capital in a transparent and efficient manner, we look to empower people to participate in their communities and economies. Previously this was a dream, but now technology has made it a reality. By partnering with, a company that has shown leadership, innovation and a commitment to social change, we really hope to revolutionise the ‘online’ entrepreneurial funding and support its landscape in the region.”

“It's no easy feat becoming an entrepreneur especially since one’s potential is often stunted by the process of raising capital,” said Michael Lahyani, CEO and Founder of “Dubai’s an emergent hub for social enterprise and we look forward to working with Pi Slice to fill this need, nurture the entrepreneurial spirit and advance economic opportunity throughout the region.” Adding that this initiative will open the door for exciting partnerships, Lahyani said,” With the Expo 2020 coming up, opportunities for entrepreneurs to create sustainable businesses will grow. By combining a social mission with a sustainable business methodology, we’re excited to not only help micro-entrepreneurs create self-employment opportunities but also provide jobs for other people.”

About Property Finder:

Established in 2007,,,,, and are the leading group of property portals across the Middle East dedicated to creating the largest real estate community of buyers, sellers, renters, brokers and developers. Available in both English and Arabic, our websites provide visitors with comprehensive search facilities covering residential and commercial properties, real estate news, home advice and buying and selling guides, while agents enjoy access to the region’s largest potential audience of property seekers.

Consumer experience is paramount in everything we do and this is reflected in the design, content and navigation of all our portals. Our current traffic statistics show us as a leader in the industry with 900,000 visits and 120,000 enquiries per month. Visits have grown by over 105% in the last 12 months and an impressive 298% in the last two years.

A winner of the ‘Dubai SME 100’ for the second consecutive cycle, the 2013 SMEinfo ‘Online Business of the Year’ and the Arabian Business Start-Up ‘SME of the Year’ titles and the ‘Arabia Fast Growth 500’ award in 2012 and with a presence in the UAE, Qatar, Egypt, Lebanon, Bahrain and Morocco, the propertyfinder group is one of the fastest growing companies in the region. The Group aims to be in a total of nine countries, with a focus on the GCC and other parts of the Middle East in the coming months. media enquiries
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About Pi Slice

Pi Slice, the first web-based social platform of online funding for Micro-Entrepreneurs in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), is proud to announce du as its first partner, as part of the company’s continuous commitment to help create jobs in MENA.

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