Top Things that Happened at STEP 2020

March 6, 2020 by STEP Conference

With our 9th edition of STEP Conference, themed “the World in Dubai”, wrapped up, here’s a look at some of the key highlights/takeaways. What were your favorite moments?

Over AED 600 million worth of funding deals were announced between companies, regional and homegrown startups such as:

Vezeeta, Middle East and Africa’s leading digital healthcare platform, secured US$ 40 Million in its Series D round led by Gulf Capital

Okadoc, the leading instant doctor appointment booking platform, closed its $10 million Series A round.

EAT app, a Dubai-based online restaurant reservation platform used throughout the Middle East, raised a $5 million Series B round of funding led by 500 Startups and Derayah VC.

2. STEP Startup Basecamp 2020 breaks record with 300 showcasing startups

3. Top speakers from US, Europe & Asia such as Robert Scoble, Jeremiah Owyang, Adah Parris, Erica Kerner, Charles Schreger, Amit Chaudhary and more were on stage.

4. Launch of new investment platform: Nuwa Capital

5. Byton, China’s up-and-coming electric car startup, exhibited at STEP

6. DIC Floating Pitch Competition

7. Shorages, a simple e-commerce storage and fulfillment services for small and media companies, won the second edition of the Volkswagen Mobility Challenge.

8. Spotify’s 3D audio experience

9. Wamda, the Middle East’s startup ecosystem enabler, launched its ‘The state of the pre-seed startups in MENA’ report in collaboration with STEP Conference at the event on 11 February 2020.

10. Dubai Chamber Market Access program took place on sidelines of STEP where corporates such as EmiratesNBD and Mediclinic amongst others were matched with startups. 

11. Top conversations were led by H.E Khalfan Belhoul, moderated by Fadi Ghandour

12. Head of Emerging Technology and Global Partnerships at the Smart Dubai Office, Chief Digital Director Zeina El Kaissi.

13. H.E. Henrik Landerholm, Ambassador of Sweden.

14. Khadoum, an app that enables users to unlock a set of missions presented in the form of volunteer ideas and community challenges, won the STEP pitch competition

15. Amna Al Qubaisi, the first female Emirati racing driver joined the STEP Show.

16. Sameh Saleh, Founder & CEO of Harmonica, announces new name for app: Hawaya

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