MENA
summit

29 Nov 2018

Event description

The Seedstars MENA Regional Summit, hosted under the Patronage of the Prime Minister's Office and taking place in Beirut, Lebanon, on November 29, 2018, aims at bridging the gap between ecosystems and connecting regional stakeholders in order to promote and foster entrepreneurship and technology in emerging markets as a way to impact people’s lives.

An event with the purpose to shape the future of MENA!



The event marks the end of our tour across 15 vibrant ecosystems in the Middle East and North Africa, and we are very excited to welcome winners from across the region in Beirut!

We are bringing together active investors, top corporates, digital government actors, tech and business media, and of course, ambitious entrepreneurs from the Middle East, North Africa, Europe, and the US, to share insights and gain key learnings, foster collaboration and investment opportunities, enable valuable connections both regionally and globally, and inspire attendees to believe in the potential of innovation in MENA.

We have an intensive and exciting program tailored for our regional winners and for our attendees, from a bootcamp, mentorship sessions, to a hackathon, leading up to the regional conference. The Summit will end with the conference and will include an investor forum, disruptive panels, networking sessions, engaging workshops, inspirational talks from top entrepreneurs, and pitches from our rockstar Seedstars winners.

Join us to celebrate tech entrepreneurship in MENA. Get your tickets below!

Let's Connect and Build Together!

If you're a journalist, a blogger, or a content producer who wishes to attend and cover the event, please request your media code at [email protected].

Program

9.45 - 10:00

Arrival and Registration

10:00 - 10:15

Welcome, Introductions, and Ice Breaker

10:15 - 10:35

Theory: 1-min Pitch and Investor Deck Content

10:35 - 11:15

Action: 1-min Pitch Practice

11:15 - 12:00

Theory: Acquisition Channels

12:00 - 12:15

Coffee Break

12:15 - 13:00

Action: Prioritise Channels

13:00 - 13:30

Theory: Growth Introduction - Are You Ready For Growth Yet?

13:30 - 14:30

Lunch

14:30 - 15:15

Theory: Growth Team Roles, Growth Equation, Growth Goals

15:15 - 16:15

Action: Write Your Growth Model

16:15 - 16:30

Coffee Break

16:30 - 17:00

Theory: Growth Process and Experiments

17:00 - 17:40

Action: Experiment Design

17:40 - 18:00

Wrap Up of the Day

18:00 - 19:00

Free Time

19:00 - 20:30

Dinner

9:00 - 9:45

Registration and Breakfast

9:45 - 10:00

Welcome, Introductions, and Ice Breaker

10:00 - 11:00

Business Growth

Speaker

Tayfun Ugur (None - Company Builder)

11:00 - 11:30

Coffee Break

11:30 - 12:30

Accessing New Markets

Speaker

Tayfun Ugur (None - Company Builder)

12:30 - 14:00

Lunch

14:00 - 16:00

1:1 Mentorship Sessions

Speaker

Danny Maalouly (Berytech Fund II - Investment Manager)

Naila Saba (Avoid agency - Co-founder - CSO)

Riyad Abou Jaoudeh (Middle East Venture Partners - Executive Director)

Rawad Assaf (UK Lebanon Tech Hub - CTO)

Joanna Abi Abdallah (berytech - Business Support and Development Manager)

Maya Ziadeh (Merit Corporation Sal - Investment Officer)

Amin Matni (None - Design Thinker, Lean Start-up Trainer & Social Innovation athlete)

Tayfun Ugur (None - Company Builder)

16:00 - 16:30

Coffee Break

16:30 - 18:30

1:1 Mentorship Sessions

Speaker

Danny Maalouly - Berytech Fund II - Investment Manager

Naila Saba - Avoid agency - Co-founder - CSO

Riyad Abou Jaoudeh - Middle East Venture Partners - Executive Director

Rawad Assaf - UK Lebanon Tech Hub - CTO

Joanna Abi Abdallah - berytech - Business Support and Development Manager

Maya Ziadeh - Merit Corporation Sal - Investment Officer

Amin Matni - Design Thinker, Lean Start-up Trainer & Social Innovation athlete

Tayfun Ugur - Company Builder

18:30 - 18:45

Wrap Up of the Day

10:15 - 10:30

Welcome and Agenda of the Day

10:30 - 13:00

Lebanese Ecosystem Tour

13:00 - 14:00

Lunch

14:00 - 14:30

Welcome, Introductions, and Ice Breaker

14:30 - 16:00

1:1 Mentorship #1

Speaker

Sami Abou Saab ([email protected] - CEO)

Constantin Salameh (IM Capital - Senior Investment Advisor)

Corine Kiame (IM Capital - Investment Manager)

Stephanie Abi Abdallah (Beirut Digital District - Programs Director)

Tayfun Ugur (None - Company Builder)

Fawzi Rahal (Flat6Labs Beirut - Managing Director)

Souhail Khoury (Berytech Fund II - Investment Associate)

Grace Maroun - GUIX - Founder

Haider Al-Mosawi - Sirdab Lab - CEO

Fahed Qteishat - Oasis500 - Assistant Marketing Manager | Startup Growth & Marketing Coach

Amin Matni - Design Thinker, Lean Start-up Trainer & Social Innovation athlete

Tarek Kettaneh - American University of Beirut - Senior Lecturer

Christina Andreassen - WOMENA - Business Development & Education Manager

Walid El Saadany - Otlob - Managing Director

Mehmet Akalın - BIC Angels - Director

Joelle Atalla - berytech - Chief Accountant

Rania Malas - Antwork - COO

Anurag Agarwal - Oman Technology Fund - Venture Capitalist

16:00 - 16:30

Coffee Break

16:30 - 18:00

1:1 Mentorship #2

Speaker

Sami Abou Saab ([email protected] - CEO)

Constantin Salameh (IM Capital - Senior Investment Advisor)

Corine Kiame (IM Capital - Investment Manager)

Stephanie Abi Abdallah (Beirut Digital District - Programs Director)

Tayfun Ugur (None - Company Builder)

Fawzi Rahal (Flat6Labs Beirut - Managing Director)

Souhail Khoury (Berytech Fund II - Investment Associate)

Grace Maroun - GUIX - Founder

Haider Al-Mosawi - Sirdab Lab - CEO

Fahed Qteishat - Oasis500 - Assistant Marketing Manager | Startup Growth & Marketing Coach

Amin Matni - Design Thinker, Lean Start-up Trainer & Social Innovation athlete

Tarek Kettaneh - American University of Beirut - Senior Lecturer

Christina Andreassen - WOMENA - Business Development & Education Manager

Walid El Saadany - Otlob - Managing Director

Mehmet Akalın - BIC Angels - Director

Joelle Atalla - berytech - Chief Accountant

Rania Malas - Antwork - COO

Anurag Agarwal - Oman Technology Fund - Venture Capitalist

18:00 - 18:15

Wrap Up of the Day

18:15 - 18:45

Transfer to Venue

18:45 - 20:30

Dinner + Pitch Rehearsal

9:00 - 9:30

Registration

9:30 - 13:00

HealthTech Workshop Powered by IDAL

13:00 - 14:00

Lunch

9:30 - 10:00

Arrival and Registration

10:00 - 12:00

Seedstars Investor Forum Powered by IDAL

12:00 - 13:00

Private Lunch

13:00 - 13:45

Registration and Startup Exhibition Area

13:45 - 14:15

About Seedstars' Vision and Mission

Speaker

Laure de Peretti de la Rocca (Seedstars - Event Manager - Seedstars Summit)

14:15 - 14:35

Welcome Remarks/ Opening Keynote

Speaker

Emre Gurkan (Touch - CEO)

Nicolas Rouhana - IM Capital - General Manager

William Butterfield - USAID - Director of the Economic Growth Office - Lebanon

14:35 - 15:10

Open Talk by touch: Startups’ Role in Corporate Innovation

Speaker

Nadim Khater (Touch - CCO)

Tayfun Ugur (None - Company Builder)

Elie Habib (anghami - Co-founder & CTO)

Maya Rahal - MITEF Pan Arab - Managing Director

15:10 - 15:15

Innovation Showcase: Meet the Best Startups from Levant

15:15 - 15:40

Fireside Chat about Entrepreneurship

Speaker

Christopher Schroeder - CEO-in-waiting

Omar Barakat - Seedstars World - MENA Associate

15:40 - 16:00

Networking Break

16:00 - 16:35

STEAM Panel: Preparing the Next Generation for the 4th Industrial Revolution

Speaker

Fadi Bizri (SE Factory - Co-Founder)

Raymond Soueid (CedarBridge Partners - Managing Director)

Siroun Shamigian (Kamkalima - Executive Director)

Bassem Saad (Queen Rania Foundation - Chief Executive Officer)

Youmna Naufal (None - Producer and Host)

16:35 - 16:45

Innovation Showcase: Meet the Best Startups from GCC

16:45 - 17:20

Debate: Fundraising in MENA and Scaling Beyond - Challenges and Opportunities

Speaker

Walid Hanna (MEVP - Founder and CEO)

Sharif El-Badawi (500 Startups - Partner)

Ayah Bdeir (littleBits - Founder and CEO)

Hassane Slaibi - Band Industries - CEO & Co-founder

Sami Abou Saab - [email protected] - CEO

17:20 - 17:40

Networking Break

17:40 - 17:50

Innovation Showcase: Meet the Best Startups from North Africa

17:50 - 18:25

HealthTech Panel: Building MENA's e-Health Ecosystem

Speaker

Hassan Chamseddine (Cedar Mundi - Investment Manager)

Ziad Sankari - CardioDiagnostics - Founder

Fadi Zoghzoghy - Bridge Athletic - CTO

Mohammad Elmougi - Vezeeta - VP of North Africa & Levant

Marcos Val - GoBeyond Early Stage Investing - Deal Leader (Healthcare)

18:25 - 18:30

Special Award

18:30 - 18:40

Seedstars MADA Best Arabic Assistive Technology Startup Award

Speaker

Mohammed Mohsin - MADA Assistive Technology Center - Research and Innovation Manager

18:40 - 18:50

Beyond Banking Hackathon by Bank Audi: Winner Announcement

Speaker

Marc Audi - Bank Audi - General Manager - Country Manager Lebanon

18:50 - 19:00

Closing Remarks

19:00 - 20:30

Closing Cocktail and Networking

Partners

IDAL
Touch
Bank Audi
MADA Assistive Technology Center
Careem
Antwork
Speed@BDD
IM Capital
Endeavor Lebanon
MITEF Pan Arab
Beirut Digital District
berytech
LebNet
AUB Entrepreneurship Club
Arabnet
Executive Magazine
Lebtivity
Wamda

Speakers

Siroun Shamigian

Siroun Shamigian

Executive Director
Kamkalima
Sami Abou Saab

Sami Abou Saab

CEO
[email protected]
Tayfun Ugur

Tayfun Ugur

ICT business development
Company Builder
Marc Audi

Marc Audi

General Manager - Country Manager Lebanon
Bank Audi
Walid Hanna

Walid Hanna

Founder and CEO
MEVP
Nadim Khater

Nadim Khater

CCO
Touch
Bassem Saad

Bassem Saad

Chief Executive Officer
Queen Rania Foundation
Fadi Zoghzoghy

Fadi Zoghzoghy

CTO
Bridge Athletic
Emre Gurkan

Emre Gurkan

CEO
Touch

Mohammed Mohsin

Research and Innovation Manager
MADA Assistive Technology Center
Hassane Slaibi

Hassane Slaibi

CEO & Co-founder
Band Industries
William Butterfield

William Butterfield

Director of the Economic Growth Office - Lebanon
USAID
Laure de Peretti

Laure de Peretti

Event Manager - Seedstars Summit
Seedstars
Mohammad Elmougi

Mohammad Elmougi

VP of North Africa & Levant
Vezeeta
Christopher Schroeder

Christopher Schroeder

CEO-in-waiting
Fadi Bizri

Fadi Bizri

Co-Founder
SE Factory
Sharif El-Badawi

Sharif El-Badawi

Partner
500 Startups
Marcos Val

Marcos Val

Deal Leader (Healthcare)
GoBeyond Early Stage Investing
Ziad Sankari

Ziad Sankari

Founder
CardioDiagnostics
Nicolas Rouhana

Nicolas Rouhana

General Manager
IM Capital
Raymond Soueid

Raymond Soueid

Managing Director
CedarBridge Partners
Elie Habib

Elie Habib

Co-founder & CTO
anghami
Youmna Naufal

Youmna Naufal

Producer and Host
Ayah Bdeir

Ayah Bdeir

Founder and CEO
littleBits
Hassan Chamseddine

Hassan Chamseddine

Investment Manager
Cedar Mundi
Maya Rahal

Maya Rahal

Managing Director
MITEF Pan Arab

Mentors

Maya Ziadeh

Maya Ziadeh

Investment Officer
Merit Corporation Sal
Souhail Khoury

Souhail Khoury

Investment Associate
Berytech Fund II
Anurag Agarwal

Anurag Agarwal

Venture Capitalist
Oman Technology Fund
Joelle Atallah

Joelle Atallah

Finance Business Advisor
berytech
Haider Al-Mosawi

Haider Al-Mosawi

CEO
Sirdab Lab
Rawad Assaf

Rawad Assaf

CTO
UK Lebanon Tech Hub
Fawzi Rahal

Fawzi Rahal

Managing Director
Flat6Labs Beirut
Fahed Qteishat

Fahed Qteishat

Acting Marketing Manager
Oasis500
Walid El Saadany

Walid El Saadany

Managing Director
Otlob
Tayfun Ugur

Tayfun Ugur

ICT business development
Company Builder
Mehmet Akalın

Mehmet Akalın

Director
BIC Angels
Grace Maroun

Grace Maroun

Founder
GUIX
Naila Saba

Naila Saba

Co-founder - CSO
Avoid agency
Stephanie Abi Abdallah

Stephanie Abi Abdallah

Programs Director
Beirut Digital District
Constantin Salameh

Constantin Salameh

Senior Investment Advisor
IM Capital
Joanna Abi Abdallah

Joanna Abi Abdallah

Business Support and Development Manager
berytech
Sami Abou Saab

Sami Abou Saab

CEO
[email protected]
Rania Malas

Rania Malas

COO
Antwork
Christina Andreassen

Christina Andreassen

Business Development & Education Manager
WOMENA
Corine Kiame

Corine Kiame

Investment Manager
IM Capital
Amin Matni

Amin Matni

Design Thinker, Lean Start-up Trainer & Social Innovation athlete
Danny Maalouly

Danny Maalouly

Investment Manager
Berytech Fund II
Riyad Abou Jaoudeh

Riyad Abou Jaoudeh

Executive Director
Middle East Venture Partners
Tarek Kettaneh

Tarek Kettaneh

Senior Lecturer
American University of Beirut

Venue

The event will take place at Hilton Beirut Metropolitan Palace.