Digital entrepreneurship is a fast and exciting landscape in the MENA region, and in the GCC particularly. Startups across the region have huge scaling potential as evidenced by the growth in investments from leading corporate ventures over the past few months.

Related: $15M Investment in Quantum Group's Arabic Content Platform

Governments are also paying closer attention to the entrepreneurial ecosystem, and have increased their involvement by introducing new initiatives and large funds to encourage growth.

Related: Backstage with the Kuwait National Fund for SME Development

Dubai is the region’s unchallenged leader when it comes to nurturing this entrepreneurial ecosystem with the right infrastructure and regulation. The emirate plans to become the capital of the region’s digital economy by 2020.

A large portion of the ArabNet Digital Summit 2015 in Dubai (May 27-28) is geared towards the entrepreneurship track. In parallel with a showcase of the latest cutting-edge practices in technology and e-business, the conference’s Startup and DistroCamp tracks will create a stimulating environment for startups and investors from the region and beyond.

Why You Should Attend

  • Catch up with the most recent developments in the MENA startup ecosystem

Find out about new VCs in the market, and large corporations beginning to invest in startups. Learn from successful entrepreneurs about what it takes to expand into the region’s key markets and plan for your growth or exit.

  • Meet top investors and exchange perspectives with like-minded entrepreneurs

Take advantage of the improved speed networking track to quickly touch base with entrepreneurs, investors, partners, and suppliers, then open up new opportunities.

  • Learn how to growth-hack your startup from Silicon Valley’s best “500Startups”

Mathew G. Johnson and Tammy Camp, partners at global leading tech investor, 500Startups, will run the DistroCamp. The goal of this exclusive new workshop track is to make sure your startup survives after launch, and help you focus on your distribution and marketing.

Confirmed International Investors and Accelerators

  • Bakhrom Ibragimov, Technology Investments CEEMEA, EBRD

  • Pavel Terentiev - Partner, AddVenture

  • Mathew G. Johnson - Partner, 500 Startups

  • Dilyan Dimitrov - Founder, Eleven Startup Accelerator

  • Naz Ozertugrul - VP, Atomico

  • Ligaya Tichy - Angel Investor, 37 Angels + By/Association

  • Pamir Gelenbe - Partner, HummingBird Ventures

  • Pavel Terentiev - Partner, AddVenture

  • Jędrzej Iwaszkiewicz - Head of Business Development, D-RAFT Accelerator

Confirmed Regional Investors

  • Heather Henyon - Managing Partner of Balthazar Capital, Founder & Chair Women's Angel Investment Network

  • Philip Boigner - Vice President, Investments, Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority (DSOA)

  • Tarek Fahim - Managing Partner at Endure Capital, Partner at Tamkeen Capital

  • Walid Mansour - Managing Partner, MEVP

  • Amir Farha - Co-founder and Managing Director, BECO Capital

  • Jihad Alammar - Investment Senior Specialist Manager, Mobily

  • Hagop Taminian - Investment Principal, Silicon Badia

  • Omar J. Sati - Managing Director, DASH Ventures

  • Angus Paterson - Partner, STC Ventures

  • Christos Mastoras - Founder & Managing Partner, Iliad Partners

  • Issa Aghabi - Head of Investments, Twofour54

  • Feroz Sanaulla - COO and Founder, Emerging Circle

  • Alejandro Carbon - Executive Director, Majid Al Futtaim Finance

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