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Vijay Tirathrai

Techstars Dubai Accelerator

Vijay Tirathrai

Techstars Dubai Accelerator

Managing Director of Techstars Dubai Accelerator, where he is currently launching the first GCC-based accelerator that attracts global talent backed by the $300M Techstars Ventures Fund. Prior joining Techstars, Vijay was the former CEO and Chairman of the Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO) based in Washington D.C. where he led 12,000 leading entrepreneurs worldwide whose combine revenue of $600billion, learn and grow through an extensive network with access to global resources. Vijay is a serial entrepreneur having founded 3 successful start-ups in Asia. In earlier years, he also lead mid-size organizations in retail and manufacturing for international markets. He is proactive in the entrepreneurial ecosystem as mentor and investor, as well as served on several non-profit boards such as the Young President Organization (YPO) and Richmond University.

Matt Spence

Guggenheim Partners

Matt Spence

Guggenheim Partners

Former partner at Andreessen Horowitz. Previously, he was a managing director at Guggenheim Partners, where he focused on technology mergers and acquisitions. He received the Secretary of Defense Award for Outstanding Public Service. From 2009 to 2012, Spence worked at the White House on the National Security Council as special assistant to the president and senior director for international economic affairs and as senior advisor to two national security advisors. He also has practiced criminal and international law in California. Spence is co-founder of the Truman National Security Project and a senior fellow at Yale University's Jackson Institute for International Affairs. He holds a B.A. and an M.A. in international policy from Stanford University, a J.D. from Yale Law School and a doctorate in international relations from Oxford University.

Sarah Heck

Stripe Atlas

Sarah Heck

Stripe Atlas

Launched by Stripe in 2015, Stripe Atlas enables entrepreneurs around the world to start and grow global internet businesses. Sarah also serves as an advisor on international entrepreneurship and youth programs to the Obama Foundation. Prior to Stripe, Sarah served as Director for Global Engagement on the National Security Council at the White House where she worked on global entrepreneurship policy, private sector engagement, youth demographics, and expanding the impact of U.S. public diplomacy on national security. Sarah also held several positions at the U.S. Department of State including Chief of Staff for the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Before joining government, Sarah worked at Kissinger McLarty Associates, supporting the international work of Fortune 500 companies across industries. Sarah also worked with Amigos de las Americas, where she served as their Country Director in Paraguay, creating and managing rural community development, entrepreneurship, and leadership projects. Sarah is a graduate of Georgetown University and the University of Maryland. She is a Truman National Security Project Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations Term Member, and serves on the board of Young Professionals in Foreign Policy.

Ahmed El Alfi

Sawari Ventures

Ahmed El Alfi

Sawari Ventures

The founder of Sawari Ventures a Cairo based Venture Capital firm established in 2010 with a goal to help transform Egyptian and MENA region economies through creation of high impact businesses.  In 2011, Sawari created Flat6Labs, its own startup accelerator. Flat6Labs immerses startup entrepreneurs into real-world challenges of creating and managing sustainable enterprises, supported by a dedicated staff, mentors and over the past 3 years has launched 46 companies in Egypt, 26 companies in Saudi, 14 companies in Abu Dhabi and will be opening Flat6Labs locations soon in Beirut, Manama and Tunis.  In 2013 he established TATP which took over a large part of the American University Cairo downtown campus to form the GrEEK Campus, a 25,000 square meter office park near Tahrir Square where over 100 startups now work and collaborate and was the home of RiseUpSummit.  He also founded Nafham the top online video educational platform covering the Egyptian, Saudi and Syrian public school curriculums, Nafham currently gives over 110,000 free video lessons per day, Nafham recently won the WISE awards in Doha as one of the most innovative education companies. He has extensive experience in creating and nurturing early stage companies, is or has been a member of the Board of Directors or Advisors of Waqf Endowment, Polytechnic School Pasadena, Claremont Graduate School of Religion, several non profit and for profit corporate boards and is also an avid collector of Islamic coins.

Hans Christensen

Dubai Technology Entrepreneur Centre

Hans Christensen

Dubai Technology Entrepreneur Centre

As the Director of Dtec, Hans is leading a team that with him has built the largest and most economically impactful tech eco-system in MENA hosting more than 800+ start-ups from 70 nationalities. The objective of Dtec is to create a sustainable impactful entrepreneurial ecosystem of tech companies that drives innovation in the UAE. Apart from partnering with international partners like IBM, Microsoft, SAP, du, Volkswagen, Thomson Reuters, Visa, Smart Dubai and many more, Dtec hosts the aviation and travel-tech Intelak incubator run by Emirates Airlines together with GE and Etisalat, the Intel IOT ignition lab and the Dubai Smart City Accelerator powered by Startupbootcamp. DTEC also acts as a start-up investor currently has an active portfolio of 21 successful well-known start-ups: Yalla Compare, Shortpoint, Wrappup, STEP etc. Hans has decades of business experience, building departments in MNCs and start- ups around the world. In his several positions as founder and CEO of start-ups, he attracted millions of dollars from both private and venture capital investors. He built up the first Siemens ICN nCubator in 2000, a captive incubator and one of the first incubators in Europe at the time. Its most successful venture (Garderos) was successfully spun-off in 2001 under Hans’ leadership attracting VC funds from SAP, Siemens Ventures, and Wellington Partner. Hans held international positions with Macquarie Technology Investments and Deutsche Leasing AG and joined DSOA in 2012. DTEC has won several awards:  Arabian Business Startup Awards: o 2015 Special recognition for entrepreneurial support o 2017 Best Start-up Program o 2017 Best Accelerator  Entrepreneur Agility Award o 2017 Best Startup Hub  Islamic Economy o 2017 Best SME Supporter He serves on the board of 11 start-ups and is a board advisor to RIT and AUE Dubai. He holds a BA in Ec/Fi from Bentley University and a MBA from Hult Business School. He is a sought-after speaker on Entrepreneurship, Corporate Innovation, Smart City, Blockchain AI technology, and frequently assists corporations, universities and event organizers as a judge and mentor for business plan competitions.

Najla Al-Midfa

Sharjah Entrepreneurship Center

Najla Al-Midfa

Sharjah Entrepreneurship Center

General Manager of Sheraa - Sharjah Entrepreneurship Center - a government entity that aims to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs and provide startups with a launchpad for growth and success. Launched in January 2016, under the chairmanship of HE Sheikha Bodour Al Qasimi, Sheraa has grown to become an integral part of Sharjah’s startup ecosystem, with a community of over a thousand aspiring entrepreneurs and an inaugural cohort of ten ventures graduating in February 2017. Najla is also Founder of Khayarat, a platform that empowers young, high-potential Emiratis to make informed career choices, and enables them to succeed in the private sector. In her previous role, as Senior Manager at Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development, Najla led a team of business counselors through the due diligence process of selecting ventures for financing. She also set up and operated the Northern Emirate branch of Khalifa Fund, covering Ajman, Dubai, and Sharjah.   Prior to joining Khalifa Fund, Najla was a senior associate at McKinsey and Company‘s New York office, primarily serving clients across the financial institutions sector. Her experience also includes roles within PricewaterhouseCoopers and Shell. Najla is a board member of United Arab Bank, where she also chairs the Board Audit Committee and is a member of the Board Risk Committee. She is Vice-Chairperson of Young Arab Leaders, and a fellow of the Aspen Institute’s Middle East Leadership Initiative. Najla holds an MBA from Stanford University.

Faaris Naqvi

Bakery

Faaris Naqvi

Bakery

Responsible for the execution of Bakery’s strategy and vision. He works across all aspects of the business, in addition to serving on the Investment Committee of Bakery. Prior to the establishment of Bakery, Faaris worked at The Abraaj Group in various roles, namely within the investment and value creation team, in addition to the central execution team. Both experiences enabled him to understand and identify strong patterns for to leverage growth markets, while also understanding the requirements of their particular consumers. The majority of his time within the investment teams was spent focused on technology enabled businesses – something he has always been keenly interested in – the most recent of which was being seconded into Careem for the duration of The Abraaj Group’s investment in the company. There he was responsible for liaising between Careem and Abraaj and executing on the value creation plan that was co-developed by both organizations. His belief in ‘convening power’ created the basis for Bakery’s mission to build both physical and digital spaces for the entrepreneurs it invests in and was instrumental in the organization providing them with access to its infrastructure – something that enables them to go far beyond the typical early stage investment capital model. Bakery invests with a focus on value creation, while building an ‘enabling’ culture and environment for its entrepreneurs. Faaris has been an early stage investor in a personal capacity for a number of years, and is also a director of MENA Venture Investments – an angel investment vehicle that holds more than 80 early stage investments globally. He holds a BA in History and Political Science from Columbia University, New York. He also serves as a Trustee of AMAN Foundation, a social sector enterprise in Pakistan. The Foundation is dedicated to transforming lives by focusing on the key pillars of health and education to positively impact the lives of millions of marginalized Pakistanis.

Saad Umerani

Enabling Future

Saad Umerani

Enabling Future

Managing Partner at Enabling Future, a venture capital firm headquartered in Dubai and investing in start-ups globally. At Enabling Future, Saad has lead early stage investments in promising and truly unique companies like Cowlar (the Fitbit for cows), Alem Health (Radiologist in a box) and Alesca Life (0 mile farming). Saad is a former technology and social entrepreneur. He has created two fintech software programs at his previous company ValuStrat. These softwares have added efficiency to banks’ lending and KYC processes in the Middle East.

Elissa Freiha

Womena

Elissa Freiha

Womena

An angel investor, motivational speaker, and founder of WOMENA, a Dubai-based angel investment platform. As an active angel with over 40 investments, she has won numerous awards including being the first female recipient of Investor of the Year at the StartUp Awards. She is frequently listed by media outlets, most notably by the BBC as one of their 30 women under 30, and by Arabian Business as one of the 100 most influential Arabs. Elissa received her Bachelor of Arts in Global Communications from the American University of Paris, the city in which she was born and raised. She is an Emirati of Lebanese and American decent and is a strong advocate for equal rights, and women's rights with a focus on the Middle East. Her passions for entrepreneurship and gender diversity have given her the opportunity to speak at events around the world and has drawn the attention of brands such as Cartier, Christian Dior, Ralph Lauren, and Burberry.

Yousef Hammad

BECO Capital

Yousef Hammad

BECO Capital

Managing Partner at BECO Capital. Prior to joining BECO Capital, he held various roles with General Electric most recently a Commercial Operation Director for GE’s Aviation business, responsible for managing sales campaigns for KSA & Turkey. Prior to that, Yousef worked in the GE & Mubadala $5bn Joint Venture. He also co-founded multiple businesses in KSA; Cafea Arab, an artistic & social space cafe; Eventana, a corporate event management firm; and Chemya, an industrial chemicals & lubes distributor. Yousef has also been an active angel investor over the past few years where he invested in multiple startups around the globe.

Irina Heaver

Fichtelegal

Irina Heaver

Fichtelegal

Partner and Head of Commercial at Fichte & Co. With over 14 years of experience, she specialises in the broad spectrum of commercial and corporate work including M&A, disposals, corporate restructurings and governance issues, as well as complex joint ventures and strategic alliances. Having spent over 12 years in-house in senior legal roles with multinationals in oil & gas, construction and maritime industries, Irina has developed a thorough expertise in the heavy industrial sector, such as energy, oil & gas, EPC and engineering, capital projects and infrastructure enterprises. Over the last 5 years, Irina started focusing on the emerging technology being introduced or developed alongside the traditional business models. She regularly advises in relation to all aspects of emerging businesses, including regulatory framework, intellectual property rights, funding matters, as well as general matters relating to contractual arrangements such as software and technology licensing, consultancy, and contracts in relation to supply and maintenance of hardware and equipment. Irina regularly advises telehealth, e-commerce, RegTech and FinTech companies, of various sizes starting from the concept stage and those that are already established market leaders across MENA Region. Irina is an Australian qualified lawyer and holds Juris Doctor and Master of Laws degrees from Monash University.

Marwan Elfitesse

Station F

Marwan Elfitesse

Station F

In charge of Station in-house programs (Founders, Fighters and Fellowships), previously Azure product manager at Microsoft and at Nimbula, a private Cloud company based in the Silicon Valley and acquired par Oracle.

Michael Lints

Golden Gate Ventures

Michael Lints

Golden Gate Ventures

Graduated from The Hague University of Applied Science in Management and Information Science and worked briefly as a project manager in NN Group, Netherlands largest insurance and asset management company. His entrepreneurial spirit kicked in right after and he went on to start his own IT business specialising in Microsoft environments and IT project management. He was the former vice chairman of the Economic Development Board Rotterdam which helped him built an extensive international network. In 2007, Michael founded his own venture fund focused on Dutch’s small and medium-size enterprise to help them with capital financing, development and relevant support and strategy. Through his earlier Venture in the Netherlands, Michael got acquainted with Golden Gate Ventures and moved his family to Singapore to join Golden Gate Ventures, as Venture Partner in 2013 to help with fundraising, strategic partnerships, mergers and acquisitions. Michael has helped raised over over $60M USD for Golden Gate Ventures and its portfolio companies and is now a Partner at Golden Gate Ventures since 2017.. Michael graduated from Financial Analysis for Business Valuation, and Private Equity and Venture Capital Executive course in Harvard Business School in Cambridge in 2011. He is a true believer in a work-life balance lifestyle and has completed marathons, cycling and Ironman races all over the world in his spare time and was recently appointed one of the Singapore ambassador for top cycling brand, Trek.

Rana Nawas

When Women Win

Rana Nawas

When Women Win

A published writer and sought-after speaker on a mission to inspire women of all backgrounds to shine. Born in England to a Palestinian father and Lebanese mother, Rana grew up like many Western-educated Arabs facing the dichotomy of liberal and traditional values. Rana’s education at Oxford University and Harvard Business School gave her a strong foundation to solve problems and negotiate effectively. A foundation which she used over her 17-year corporate career spanning McKinsey & Company’s London Office, the Dubai Government, and GE Capital. Nothing could have prepared her for the harsh reality that women face as they rise through the corporate world. Dealing with everything from unconscious bias to archaic processes, she eventually realized the game was rigged. And over the course of her corporate career she led the charge in rewriting policies, championing pay parity, and helping women rise in their professional and personal lives. Rana’s a mother of two and a wife of one, she’s the creator and host of the podcast When Women Win, sharing inspirational stories and tools boss ladies from all walks of life have used along their journeys, and the chapter president of Ellevate, a global organization that brings professional women together. Rana has been featured in the press, on TV and on radio. She has spoken in front of diverse audiences on a variety of topics, and has been labelled a “thought-provoking”, “fact-driven” and “inspiring” speaker. You can find Rana on Instagram and LinkedIn @rananawas and her podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, or whenwomenwinpodcast.com

Issa Aghabi

International Finance Coorporation

Issa Aghabi

International Finance Coorporation

Issa has been in the finance and investments industry for 13+ years with a focus on Venture Capital in the wider TMT space. He has successfully closed over 50+ direct and indirect investment deals (from $100K to $25M per transaction), managed over $150m in MENA Venture funds and served as a BOD member for a number of companies, providing commercial and business strategies, along with general operational, and financial support. In 2015, he led the exit of twofour54's largest two investments, and more recently in 2017, led the exit of IFC’s largest MENA direct deal, souq.com. He also led the creation and launch a leading accelerator in the MENA region. He currently oversees IFC MENA venture investments both from a growth capital and fund of fund perspective.

Amir Farha

BECO Capital

Amir Farha

BECO Capital

Amir has been actively involved with a wide range of early stage ventures as an entrepreneur, mentor and investor, starting his career at CLS Capital Partners, a Corporate VC firm based in London, followed by what was then the first seed capital fund in the MENA region, the Arab Business Angel Network, before becoming an entrepreneur himself. Amir has co-founded a number of local businesses, including Tandem Partners, a startup and small business advisory firm; Toolman, a property maintenance company; and Purple PR, a boutique PR agency. He holds a BSc in Computer Information Systems and an MSc in Management from the University of Bath.

Laith Zraikat

Arzan Capital

Laith Zraikat

Arzan Capital

Founded his first startup in 1997 to bring more people and businesses in Jordan onto the World Wide Web. As Co-founder and Chief Product Officer of Jeeran, Laith served many roles while shaping and executing the company’s product vision, and growing its user base from a handful of friends to nearly 7M users. As Jeeran matured, he decided to leave in 2012 and pursue his true passion, working with startups. Since then he has advised and mentored many startups in product and technical areas. A self taught technologist and a geek at heart, Laith enjoys working closely with passionate developers and designers on new and bold ideas. In December of 2015 Laith decided to join a Venture Capital firm and work with startup from the other side of the table. As a VC he works on identifying promising early stage teams and companies, and enjoys working closely with them on solving product and technical challenges. He still codes almost daily, and speaks fluent Arabic, English, Objective-C, PHP, C#, JavaScript, SQL, CSS, HTML, and a little bit of Python. Laith holds a Bachelor of Dental Surgery from the University of Jordan.

Abed Agha

Vinelab

Abed Agha

Vinelab

Has more than 18 years of multi-disciplinary experience in technology, media, and financial services having worked with leading institutions in MENA, South-East Asia and the US. Abed is the founder and CEO at Vinelab, the leading digital media company that enables brands to acquire and influence regional audiences through a multitude of influential figures across popular culture. By leading a tech and digital-first institution, Abed has acquired exceptional understanding of the underlying changes that social media has brought to shift the balance of power between the mass, corporations and cultural elite. Prior to Vinelab, Abed lead Mubasher Financial Group’s transformation that pushed the FinTech firm to top equity trading volumes and market share in the UAE consistently despite thefinancial crisis of 2008. Prior to that, Abed spent a few years within the financial services sector across the globe with firms such as Standard Chartered Bank and Capital Credit and invested in multiple technology firms that enabled him to witness the digital economy’s early development. Abed is currently a board advisor at the Beirut Arab University’s school of Maths and Computer Science, in addition to advising a multitude of digital startups in the MENA region. He holds a BSc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Irvine.

Fadi Bizri

B&Y Venture Partner

Fadi Bizri

B&Y Venture Partner

Partner at B&Y Venture Partners, a $46M venture capital fund based in Beirut, focused on investing in high-potential technology startups, with a global mandate. BYVP focuses on seed-stage startups in MENA, and on growth-stage startups internationally Fadi co-founded and is a board director at Speed, Lebanon’s leading seed startup accelerator. Previously, he had co-founded Seeqnce, the first accelerator in Lebanon. He also co-founded SE Factory, a coding bootcamp for low-income youth. SE Factory helps talented students train on the necessary practical programming skills as well as soft skills that are required by the job market, subsequently providing access to top software development jobs. Fadi is a mentor and board member at a number of startups and advises organizations such as the World Bank, academic institutions and Lebanese government ministries on entrepreneurship policy and initiatives.

Paul Epping

Singularity University

Paul Epping

Singularity University

Paul Epping is an experienced program manager and technical solution architect and serial entrepreneur. Prior to joining Philips, Paul worked as an independent consultant, program manager, entrepreneur, associated professor (innovation) and interim CIO in several Dutch hospitals. Consultancy and management role were mainly in the area of innovation and IT. He was responsible for the implementation of electronic patient record systems in several hospitals. Paul is experienced in designing new IT-infrastructures in new hospitals including moving existing IT-environment to new facilities. He mentored a number of start-ups, professional presenter worldwide about impact of exponential technologies. Worked in different continents in a variety of roles such as program manager of building new hospitals. Innovation is a red thread throughout his career.

Hasan Haider

500 Startups

Hasan Haider

500 Startups

A Partner at 500 Startups, the most active Venture Capital firm in the world, based in Silicon Valley, with 1,800+ investments in 50+ countries and $390m in AuM. Hasan heads up the firms practice in the MENA region, with the Arabic speaking market being a core area of focus. 500 Startups has invested in over 60 startups in the region over the course of the last 4 years, including Wuzzuf, Jamalon and fetchr. Hasan was the Co-founder and CEO of Tenmou, the first business angel’s organization in Bahrain and one of the first in the MENA region. Hasan’s work in developing angel investment in emerging markets through Tenmou has been picked up as a case study by the World Bank and is taught to Entrepreneurship Policy makers at Babson College.

Heather Henyon

WAIN

Heather Henyon

WAIN

Has 18 years of experience in venture finance, entrepreneurship, emerging markets, angel investing, financial technology, credit and impact investment. She is an activist investor with a passion for global fintech and women-led start- ups. She is a Founding Partner of Athena CFO, now known as Growth Partners, an outsourced CFO and finance advisory firm for start-ups, SMEs, growth companies and investors. Previously, she was Investment Director with Eureeca, a regulated global equity crowdinvesting firm, where she was responsible for curation, products, and investments. Heather founded Balthazar Capital, a social enterprise investment advisory firm for the Arab region in 2010. As the founding general manager of Grameen-Jameel, a social business jointly owned by Grameen Foundation and Abdul Latif Jameel Group, she originated, structured and closed $44 million in leveraged commercial debt financing for microfinance institutions in Syria, Jordan, Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia. In 2013, Heather started the Women’s Angel Investor Network (WAIN), the first women’s angel investment group in the Middle East, and served as Interim CFO for Little Thinking Minds, WAIN’s first investment, and is currently CFO of NeedsList, a WAIN investee refugee aid matching platform. Heather started her career on Wall Street where she worked for Standard & Poor’s as a corporate bond ratings analyst in the capital goods and auto supplier sector. Past roles include project finance, 3G wireless consultant for Middle East & Africa and Vint Cerf’s internet architecture group at WorldCom. Over the last 20 years, she has lived and worked in the UAE, Egypt, Lebanon, and Palestine, and she speaks Arabic and French. Heather is on the Investment Committee of Next Wave US Impact Fund; Board Director and Investment Committee Member of Dubai Angel Investors; cofounder of impact angel investor club Rhodium45; and advisor to CoFund, a Dutch microfinance private equity fund. Heather is a mentor for start-up companies at in5, Flat6Labs Abu Dhabi, 1776 and the Dubai Technology Entrepreneurship Center (DTEC). She serves on the Advisory Council of BR Microcapital, Cornell University’s microfinance fund; is a Board member of the Cornell Club of the UAE and past Co-Chair of the Johnson Middle East Alumni Club; served as the Middle East Advisor to Cornell’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Initiative; is co-founder and past Chair of the Dubai Microfinance Club. Heather represents Oikocredit’s investment on the Board of Directors and Audit & Risk Committee of the Sekem Holding Group. Heather holds an MBA from the Johnson School at Cornell University, where she was a full-merit Park Leadership Fellow scholarship recipient, and a BA from Oberlin College. Heather studied abroad at The American University in Cairo (AUC), where she was a Presidential Fellow. Heather lives in Dubai, UAE.

Walid Mansour

MEVP

Walid Mansour

MEVP

Has more than 16 years of experience in Venture Capital, strategy, corporate finance and engineering within the digital, telecom, software and new media industries. Prior to joining MEVP in 2010, Walid was a lead associate at Roland Berger Strategy Consultants and before that he worked as a strategy manager at the UAE’s Prime Ministry Executive Office focusing on public policy initiatives. During his stay in Dubai, he worked on setting-up entrepreneurship related programs and developing incubation in the Arab World through several Dubai based initiatives such as the Mohammed Bin Rashid Foundation.  Prior to that, Walid worked at Booz & Company as a consultant covering telecom & media. Prior to Booz & Company, Walid worked as an industrial engineer in France. In 2009, he completed Morgan Stanley's summer associate program within their investment banking M&A division in London. Walid holds an industrial and urban planning engineering degree from Institut National des Science Appliquées de Lyon (INSA de Lyon) and an MBA in finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Shane Shin

Shorooq

Shane Shin

Shorooq

Co-Founder & Managing Partner at Shorooq Investments, Shane works on leading investment decisions in both private equity and venture capital platforms. Shane has built his career as an investment professional, investment banker and entrepreneur in the US. He used to work at Lazard, UBS, Alpine Investors and GlobalFoundries – wholly owned subsidiary by Mubadala – and was invited to join the Mubadala Capital’s Venture Capital team prior to founding Shorooq. Shane concentrated in Finance and Mandarin at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, graduating with Summa Cum Laude, Joseph Wharton Scholar and Benjamin Franklin Scholar Honors. Shane is born and grew up in South Korea and has studied and worked in the US, Canada and China prior to settling down in UAE.

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What we’re covering

The Culture of Failure

Creating new customers

Product, Scale, Monetization

Entrepreneurship & Growth

Proving ROI to traditional investors

Investor-Founder relationship

Choosing your investor

Institutional VCs

Investors & VCs

Improving infrastructure

Struggling economies

Lack of data

The State of the Ecosystem

agenda

Tentative Agenda

STEP Start
Opening Remarks
Opening Remarks

March 28
10:00 AM - 10:15 AM

March 28
10:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Opening Remarks
Investing in a VC fund
Investing in a VC fund vs. a new tower in Dubai Marina. Proving the ROI to traditional investors

March 28
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

March 28
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
Investing in a VC fund vs. a new tower in Dubai Marina. Proving the ROI to traditional investors
Inside the investor-founder relationship
Inside the investor-founder relationship

March 28
10:45 AM - 11:00 AM

March 28
10:45 AM - 11:00 AM
Inside the investor-founder relationship
Struggling economies
Struggling economies and the unlikely opportunity of the startup movement

March 28
11:30 AM - 12:15 PM

March 28
11:30 AM - 12:15 PM
Struggling economies and the unlikely opportunity of the startup movement
BREAK
BREAK

March 28
12:15 PM - 01:15 PM

March 28
12:15 PM - 01:15 PM
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Dealing with Missing Data
Missing Data: How can startups overcome the lack of data availability in MENA

March 28
01:15 PM - 02:00 PM

March 28
01:15 PM - 02:00 PM
Missing Data: How can startups overcome the lack of data availability in MENA
The Middle East copy-cat
The Middle East copy-cat economy and the challenges of real innovation

March 28
02:00 PM - 02:30 PM

March 28
02:00 PM - 02:30 PM
The Middle East copy-cat economy and the challenges of real innovation
Choosing your investor
Choosing your investor: Beyond the cash and how successful has "smart money" been?

March 28
02:30 PM - 02:45 PM

March 28
02:30 PM - 02:45 PM
Choosing your investor: Beyond the cash and how successful has "smart money" been?
Educating the next generation of entrepreneurs
Educating the next generation of entrepreneurs

March 28
02:45 PM - 03:00 PM

March 28
02:45 PM - 03:00 PM
Educating the next generation of entrepreneurs
The role of institutional VCs
The role of institutional VCs: Can new institutional investment drive more regional startup exits?

March 28
03:30 PM - 04:00 PM

March 28
03:30 PM - 04:00 PM
The role of institutional VCs: Can new institutional investment drive more regional startup exits?
Closing Day 1
Closing Day 1

March 28
04:00 PM - 04:15 PM

March 28
04:00 PM - 04:15 PM
Closing Day 1
Opening Remarks
Opening Remarks

March 29
10:00 AM - 10:15 AM

March 29
10:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Opening Remarks
Impact of Exponential Technology
The Impact of Exponential Growth of Technology and it's application to business

March 29
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

March 29
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
The Impact of Exponential Growth of Technology and it's application to business
Peer Pressure and the Culture of Failure
From Family to Friends: Peer pressure and the culture of failure

March 29
10:45 AM - 11:30 AM

March 29
10:45 AM - 11:30 AM
From Family to Friends: Peer pressure and the culture of failure
Enterprise Innovation
Enterprise Innovation: How corporations can benefit from a startup mentality

March 29
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

March 29
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Enterprise Innovation: How corporations can benefit from a startup mentality
Creating new customers
Creating new customers: Bridging the gap between startups and corporates

March 29
12:00 PM - 01:00 PM

March 29
12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
Creating new customers: Bridging the gap between startups and corporates
BREAK
BREAK

March 29
01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

March 29
01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
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The next souq.com
The next souq.com: The startups you should be looking out for

March 29
02:00 PM - 02:45 PM

March 29
02:00 PM - 02:45 PM
The next souq.com: The startups you should be looking out for
Product, Scale, Monetization and going global
Product, Scale, Monetization and going global

March 29
02:45 PM - 03:15 PM

March 29
02:45 PM - 03:15 PM
Product, Scale, Monetization and going global
Closing Day 2
Closing Day 2

March 29
03:15 PM - 03:30 PM

March 29
03:15 PM - 03:30 PM
Closing Day 2