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.Learn More
[ 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.
TV & Media Personality
Partner and CIO MEVP
Vikas S. Shah
CEO Swiscot Group
CEO, Arabianchain Tech
Co-Founder, Arsenal Venture
President, Schneider Electric
CEO, UAE Exchange
Partner, STC Ventures
[ Agenda ]
Arrival and showcase exhibition open
WELCOME AND INTRODUCTORY SESSION
Tariq Qureishy, Founder and CEO MAD Talks
DUBAI SILICON OASIS AUTHORITY OPENING REMARKS
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.
KEYNOTE: John Trbovich, Partner, Arsenal Ventures USA
IN CONVERSATION WITH: Professor Vikas Shah to interview
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.
Competition Award Ceremony
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?
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.
KEYNOTE: Smart City Innovation
Casper Herzberg, President Schneider Electric Middle East & Africa & Author of Digital Nations: Building Smart Cities in Emerging Countries and Beyond
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?
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.
CLOSING COMMENTS: Hans Christensen, Director – Dtec
MAIN SESSIONS END
Networking BBQ with entertainment & ping pong tournament
Social activities end
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[ 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.