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Entrepreneur Day

Entrepreneur Day is a two day event that gathers the best and brightest from the MENA startup scene to Dtec, the largest technology hub in the region for an annual celebration of entrepreneurship.

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[ Startup Pitch ]

Win Everything You Need to Get Your Business Moving

Pitch Competition application has been extended to October 21, 2017 (Saturday) before 8:00 PM.

The Pitch Competition is one of the highlights of the Dtec Entrepreneur Day event (ED); ED is a global tech startup competition organized by Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority’s Dtec (Dubai Technology Entrepreneur Center) MENA’s largest tech hub hosting more than 750 tech startups from across the world.

One of the highlights of the event is the ED pitch competition offering cash prizes and free company setup among other benefits and a very exclusive prize for this year.

[ SPEAKERS ]

Check back regularly as many more speakers to be added.

Nina Zandnia
TV & Media Personality

Walid Mansour
Partner and CIO MEVP

Vikas S. Shah
CEO Swiscot Group

Philip Bahoshy
Founder MAGNiTT

Mohammed Alsehli

Mohammed Alsehli
CEO, Arabianchain Tech

John Trbovich

John Trbovich
Co-Founder, Arsenal Venture

Caspar Herzberg

Caspar Herzberg
President, Schneider Electric

Promoth Manghat

Promoth Manghat
CEO, UAE Exchange

Warren Sturt

Warren Sturt
Entrepreneur

Angus Paterson

    Angus Paterson
    Partner, STC Ventures

    [ Agenda ]

    08:45

    Arrival and showcase exhibition open

    09:30

    WELCOME AND INTRODUCTORY SESSION

    Tariq Qureishy, Founder and CEO MAD Talks

    09:50

    DUBAI SILICON OASIS AUTHORITY OPENING REMARKS

    10:00

    PANEL: THE FUTURE OF INVESTMENT IN MENA

    A 2016 study by LinkedIn stated that the UAE has “evolved to be a preferred destination for talent, entrepreneurs and innovators from across the world” and it is clear that the MENA region is in the midst of a startup boom. Does this boom offer great opportunities for both regional and international investors and is investment keeping up with the pace of growth? This panel session will discuss the current funding situation in the UAE and the predicted future growth in the investment landscape.

    10:40

    KEYNOTE: John Trbovich, Partner, Arsenal Ventures USA

    11:00

    PITCH COMPETITION

    12:00

    Networking break

    12:30

    IN CONVERSATION WITH: Professor Vikas Shah to interview

    13:10

    REPORT LAUNCH: CLOUD ADOPTION BY DUBAI STARTUPS

    Thomson Reuters, IBM and Dtec have recently partnered to produce a report on the uptake of Cloud Services by Dubai Startups.

    13:30

    Competition Award Ceremony

    13:40

    PANEL: CREATING A SMART GOVERNMENT ON BLOCKCHAIN

    Dubai has a strategic goal of becoming the first Blockchain powered government by 2020. This new technology allows for safe, simple and secure transactions to be made easily, leading to greater efficiency, improved services, business creation and the potential acceleration of Smart City and IoT initiatives. How can startups capitalize on this technology and what opportunities are predicted to arise?

    14:20

    Networking break

    14:40

    PANEL: GROWING TRENDS IN E-COMMERCE AND RETAIL

    Although growing, the MENA e-commerce sector is still in its infancy. This offers tremendous opportunities for entrepreneurs to stake their place in the market. This panel will discuss the future of this sector, key trends and expected future developments.

    15:20

    KEYNOTE: Smart City Innovation

    Casper Herzberg, President Schneider Electric Middle East & Africa & Author of Digital Nations: Building Smart Cities in Emerging Countries and Beyond

    15:40

    PANEL: SOCIAL INFLUENCE, A SHORTCUT TO SUCCESS?

    Research from Twitter recently indicated that 49% of consumers rely on recommendations from influencers to assist with their purchase decisions. How can you leverage this to help grow your your startup business and get you ahead of the competition? How do you find the right influencer and navigate your working relationship with them?

    16:20

    LEARNINGS FROM A SUCCCESSFUL STARTUP

    As a young startup what is there to learn from those who have already made it? What are the pitfalls? How many times do you have to fail before you get it right? What things would successful startups have done differently? Join us to hear stories to help you scale and avoid common pitfalls.

    16:55

    CLOSING COMMENTS: Hans Christensen, Director – Dtec

    17:00

    MAIN SESSIONS END

    17:00

    Networking BBQ with entertainment & ping pong tournament

    19:30

    Social activities end

    * All items are subject to change

    [ Dubai Guide ]

    Dubai Technology Entrepreneur Centre is ideally situated. Based in the heart of Dubai Silicon Oasis, just 20 minutes from Dubai international Airport and 20 mins to Downtown Dubai.

    Entrepreneur Day 2017
    Dubai Technology Entrepreneur Centre (Dtec), Dubai Silicon Oasis
    Tel: +971 (0)4 501 3905

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