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THE LEADING TECH FESTIVAL FOR EMERGING MARKETS

WHAT YOU GET

ALL-ACCESS TICKETS

Approved startups get the Startup Package which includes 2 Master Pass tickets with access to everything at the conference including programming, and special invitations to satellite events.

FREE BRANDED BOOTH

Showcasing startups are offered a branded booth for 1 day to showcase their latest product or service at the conference to investors, potential clients, partners, and event attendees.

PRIORITY ACCESS

Showcasing Startups get priority booking for the Pitch Competition, Mentor’s Corner, Investor Meetings, Workshops, Meet-Ups, and Satellite Events.

 

STARTUP BASECAMP

300 global startups participated at Step 2022’s Startup Basecamp across 4 conferences to showcase their products and services. Showcasing startups had a chance to meet with regional investors and VCs, gather leads, and network with potential clients and partners

PITCH COMPETITION

Showcasing startups get the chance to participate at Step’s flagship Pitch Competition to present their products and services to leading investors and industry experts.

Mentor’s Corner

Mentorship sessions are hosted for startups and entrepreneurs to participate in 1-on-1 sessions and group sessions focused on specific topics.

2022 Previous Mentors

Sama
Alshawi

500 Global

Sama
Alshawi

500 Global

Sama Alshawi is the Regional Head of Events and Community at 500 Startups MENA. Sama has an MSc in Events Management and a BSc in Banking and Finance and is also a Certified Digital Marketing Professional. With more than 10 years of experience in Events Management, Sama manages the community and events for the MENA Team.

Karim
Helal

ProTenders

Karim
Helal

ProTenders

With over 10 years of active involvement in the MENA startup scene, Karim Helal is a passionate entrepreneur, mentor, angel investor, high-level athlete and explorer. As the the Founder and CEO of ProTenders, the first and largest Construction Tech platform in the MENA region, he lead a team of up to 85 people to scale the platform from an inside tool developed for his family Architecture office into a platform that is used by 28,000 member companies from 105 countries, tracks the progress of 60,000 projects in the region, and has been used to manage over $45 Billion worth of bids, while being bootstrapped. He was recently named as one of the Top 50 Construction Tech Entrepreneurs by Builtworlds.

Sundeep
Sahni

Valeo Wellbeing Technologies

Sundeep
Sahni

Valeo Wellbeing Technologies

Sundeep is a serial entrepreneur having been a co-founder at Lazada, the biggest e-commerce company in South East Asia, and HelloPay, Lazada’s wallet which were both acquired by Alibaba for $3.0bn. Post Lazada, Sundeep was the Head of New Initiatives at Ola and launched four new verticals including Ola Auto and Ola Shuttle. Prior to joining Valeo, Sundeep was the CEO of Asan Pardakth (Easy Pay), a Wallet and Digital Payments company doing more than 100 million transactions monthly. Sundeep started his career at Credit Suisse Investment Bank in New York. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Boston College in Computer Science and an MBA degree from INSEAD. He is also a CFA charter-holder.

Mohamad
Sabouneh

Mohamad
Sabouneh

Mohamad has 10 years of experience in digital and tech startups from the investor, founder, and accelerator sides. His functional areas range from initial concept validation, venture building, business model design, financial modeling, fundraising, and transaction structuring. His latest roles include cofounder of Moodfit, MD of Dubai Fintech Accelerator, and currently Venture Lead at Rainmaking. Mohamad holds a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from the Lebanese University and an MBA from the American University of Beirut (AUB).

Dania
Ismail

Jusoor

Dania
Ismail

Jusoor

Dania Ismail is the Co-founder of Jusoor, an NGO created to harness the potential of Syria’s youth through Education, Career Development, Entrepreneurship and Community Engagement. She is the Founder and Director of the Jusoor Entrepreneurship Program. Dania is currently the Director of Strategy at Telfaz11, one of the most influential and creative digital and premium media studios in KSA and the wider region. Previously, she also served as Strategy and Business Development Manager for nine years with MBC Group, the largest Broadcast/Media company in the Middle East, where she launched MBC Ventures, the corporate venture capital fund for MBC Group and managed the fund’s investments and portfolio companies. Dania also founded Third Eye Agency, a music events production and consulting agency based in Dubai. She holds an M.A. in Media and Communications from Goldsmiths College in London. Dania works closely with startups across the region as an investment adviser and supports several entrepreneurship programs, competitions, and workshops.

Shaheen
Alkhudhari

Ajar

Shaheen
Alkhudhari

Ajar

Founder & entrepreneur of three full-fledge organizations including Ajar the leading FinTech company for the real estate industry. Shaheen holds a Bachelors’s degree in Management Information Systems and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA). Started his career as an accountant, Shaheen now has over 15 years of experience working in a variety of fields including logistics, PropTech, and FinTech. Helping startups in setting strategies, fundraising and market expansions through optimizing sales growth.

Jennifer
Rhima

Scale with Jennifer

Jennifer
Rhima

Scale with Jennifer

Jennifer is an American-Egyptian living between Texas and Dubai. With over eight years of experience in sales and partnerships in the travel, fintech, and SaaS space, she will help your startup automate sales outreach and activation, putting together best practices, customer onboarding, and support. She has a proven record of success in implementing go-to-market strategies for startups. In the Middle East, she has worked with Step, Souqalmal, and Seera Group. She is currently working with Balloon, a virtual events platform in the US. Jennifer uses tools such as Apollo, HubSpot, Asana, Stripe, Mailchimp, G2, Copy.ai, Intercom, Canva, and Loom.

Sameer
Sortur

Founder Institute

Sameer
Sortur

Founder Institute

Early-Stage Tech Startups & Impact Ventures | MENA Entry & Scale-up Advisor & Coach | Data & Decision Science Tools Transformation Consultant

Nelio
Leone

Urban Monks

Nelio
Leone

Urban Monks

This is my story… In 2014 I left a corporate marketing career at L’Oreal to join a random startup. I was their first ‘Marketing Guy’. That random startup, Careem, was recently acquired by Uber for $3.1B, Becoming the 1st Tech Unicorn of Middle East and Africa. Then I joined 2 friends to help them grow their laundry app, Washmen. In 14 months, we grew Washmen by more than 5X with IG Stories. That explosive growth led to a multi-million dollar Series B And Facebook even created a case study about us. Since then I have been working in the Tech Ecosystem worldwide. From the U.S to Kenya, from Mexico to Saudi, from Denmark to the U.K I have been helping founders ‘crack’ their growth strategy. Currently keeping busy building UrbanMonks a Growth Studio with the world’s top 1% of growth experts in the scene. Think of us as the ‘Github of Growth’

Ayman
Itani

TML Think Media Labs

Ayman
Itani

TML Think Media Labs

Ayman Itani is a business growth specialist, advisor, and public speaker, dedicated to helping founders, investors, government entities, and enterprises meet their growth objectives.

Aman
Merchant

ReimaginED Collective

Aman
Merchant

ReimaginED Collective

A mission-driven serial parallel entrepreneur, futurist, coach and angel investor with 25+ years experience across 12 ventures in education, social impact and disruptive innovation, Aman is the Chief Provocateur at the strategic futures lab Radicle and the Chief Curator at the MENAP region’s first Edtech collective (ReimaginED Collective). A member of both the Young Presidents Organisation (YPO) and Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO), Aman holds a 1st Class Masters (Hons) Degree from Oxford University in Politics, Philosophy & Economics & is also a Stanford Business School & London School of Economics alum. An Entrepreneur Mentor in Residence at London Business School since 2014, he is the MENA region’s first Impact Investing Fellow at AVPN, UAE’s 1st Fellow with OnDeck Edtech as well as a certified Peak Performance coach from the Flow Genome Project.

Ibrahim
Seksek

Startupbootcamp

Ibrahim
Seksek

Startupbootcamp

Ibrahim ‘Abe’ Seksek is the current COO of MENA and Russia of Startupbootcamp, a Rainmaking company. Before joining Startupbootcamp he Co-Founded a couple of companies such as ZenHR Solutions, which addresses the entire HR cycle, and Crystel, Jordan’s first business process outsourcing (BPO) provider. Ibrahim also worked as Head of Global Operations Support for Naspers, the parent company of dubizzle and OLX, which oversaw the operations in 70 countries.

Julie
Leblan

Merit Incentives

Julie
Leblan

Merit Incentives

A French entrepreneur based in Dubai, founder and CEO of MyList, a B2C gifting company and Merit Incentives which uses innovative technologies for B2B clients, servicing customers with an online gift registry, customizing engagement strategies using gift cards, merchandise & rewards in the Middle East, APAC and globally. Julie launched her new venture, GiftiGlobal the first global B2B2C gift card, allowing companies and individuals to get a gift card in any currency and denomination across the world, offering them the possibility to exchange it with over 4,000+ brands in 86+ countries.

Edwin
Kooistra

CHASM

Edwin
Kooistra

CHASM

After being a part of the Netherlands’ Ymor for more than ten years in various growth roles, I ventured to Dubai and found myself in Gartner. There, my responsibilities included advising tech CEOs on best practices while personally assisting with decision-making processes, this was all before an unfortunate pandemic hit our region hard. In response to that event’s aftermath we started Chasm – which is focused specifically on helping emerging technology providers take their products into market effectively by overcoming current challenges they face head-on.

Sania
Kaddoura

Microsoft for Startups

Sania
Kaddoura

Microsoft for Startups

Currently a Cloud Architect at Microsoft for Startups, Sania helps startups across the Middle East with technical skilling and building techno-commercial sales models that reflect their cloud spend. Coming from a background of channel distribution, services and consultancy in MEA and Gulf, she has been designing, implementing & migrating solutions to Microsoft Cloud for the past 9 years. As part of Microsoft for startups, she likes to focus on leveling up the ecosystem with technology maturity assessments, architecture modernization chats and “roadmap to marketplace” skilling.

Nawaf
Algain

KAUST

Nawaf
Algain

KAUST

As Head of KAUST Research & Technology Park, Nawaf brings a depth of experiences and support impacting various initiatives through fostering key relationships and mentorship within the start-up scene. With his core competencies and entrepreneurial drive he has also been part of several entrepreneurial ventures, specializing in tech, food, e-commerce, and real estate.

Chandni
Jain

Abraar Advisors

Chandni
Jain

Abraar Advisors

A Partner and Co-founder of the management consulting firm, Abraar Advisors, Chandni is keen on enhancing entrepreneurial leadership performance through specific tools and techniques grounded in Emotional Intelligence. An ICF (International Coaching Federation) Certified Life & Executive Coach (ICF-ACC), and a Six Seconds’ SEI® EQ (Emotional Intelligence) Certified Coach, Practitioner & Assessor, she coaches executives and entrepreneurs in Singapore and across the UAE. An MBA, she brings over 20 years’ corporate, social innovation and entrepreneurship sector experience across India, Singapore and the UAE. Her career spans leadership positions at Ogilvy and Bates of the WPP Group. She has also served as Acting CEO, Social Innovation Park (SIP) Singapore. She has authored nine books, which have been referenced within India and internationally. Her books seek to create an empathetic space for her coaching endeavours.

Aiman
Kabli

eleva8or.com

Aiman
Kabli

eleva8or.com

Aiman holds an engineering degree, an MBA, and an Innovation & Entrepreneurship Certificate from Stanford. Originally from Saudi Arabia, Aiman has worked with large multinational organizations such as Unilever, the International Monetary Fund, and Emirates Airline. Currently he is a serial entrepreneur, investor and digital nomad, with a diverse portfolio of tech companies around the world. He also mentors and advises startups and conducts seminars and workshops on many topics, included the special soft skills that help entrepreneurs to succeed.

Investor Meetings

Participating startups and entrepreneurs get to book 1-on-1 sessions with leading investors from the region from pre-seed to early and growth stage investors.

Investors That Attend