Massive amounts of cash are flowing into the digital startup space, with new initiatives, accelerators and funds launching almost on a weekly basis. The ArabNet Summit will feature a full track for investors, with high-level discussions that include LPs, private equity investors and family offices. It will also feature a full track to help corporates understand how they can invest in or collaborate with startups to stay ahead of disruption. Finally, the Summit will feature the ArabNet Startup Championship, with pitches from 18 of the most promising startups from across MENA, hand-picked through local pitching rounds.
Building Ecosystems and Startup Communities Corporate Startup Innovation Private Equity and Growth Stage Investment The State of Investment in MENA
Chris Adelsbach
Managing Director, Techstars
UK-based entrepreneur, business mentor and angel investor managing one of the world’s leading accelerators, Techstars; graduating over 920 startups to date, and with 16 acceleration rounds so far in 2017 alone.
Jeff Lynn
CEO and Co-Founder, Seedrs
Co-founder of the leading pan-European equity crowdfunding platform, funding over $1.2M per month into startups across Europe, and founding Chairman of the Coalition for a Digital Economy (Coadec).
Jeffrey Abbott
General Partner
Leading a transformation in the way cutting-edge technologies move from labs into the market through the formation of startup ventures, in a program so revolutionary it has been called, "what startup incubation should be and never is."
Luke Krueger
President, VA Angels International
Founder and President of the Seed Global, Board Chair, Investor, Speaker, Educator, and Leader of VA's international efforts - including building content for and designing the Seed 2.0 Program.
Nabil Borhanu
President and Managing Member, Graphene Ventures
Currently leading Graphene Ventures with investments in innovative companies such as Snapchat and Lyft, and a successful career building high-growth businesses across telecom, sports and media, growing over $80M within 4 years.
Ovais Naqvi
Managing Director, The Abraaj Group
Helping implement several initiatives as member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and leading Abraaj - which currently manages over $10 billion in assets globally.
Owen Davis
Managing Director, NYC Seed
Rashed AlRashed
Managing Partner, Tamm Investments
Vivian Law
Corporate Innovation Director, SOSV Chinaccelerator
Corporate innovation director, campaigns manager, podcast producer, and investment analyst at SOSV - a leading early stage VC firm with offices in Shanghai, Shenzhen, New York, San Francisco and Ireland, currently managing a $250 million fund.
Dany Farha
Co-Founder and CEO, BECO Capital
Mohammed Khudairi
Managing Partner of Khudairi Group, Co-Founder of TechHub
Amjad Ahmad
Managing Partner, Precinct Partners
Veteran private equity and venture capital investor with board positions at mrUsta, Mumzworld and German Imaging Technologies, as well as a career including 27 investments in emerging markets and the developing of NBK Capital Partners into a leading $1 billion private equity fund manager.
Noor Sweid
Chief Investment Officer, Dubai Holding (DHx)
Founder of the largest chain of wellness studios in the Middle East, ZenYoga, and named 3 times in the Arabian Business 100 Most Powerful Arab Women list.
Sonia Weymuller
Partner, VentureSouq
Spent a decade working in strategy with Microsoft and Viacom in London and leading advertising sales with Turner Broadcasting in Dubai, is a Charter Member for TiE’s Dubai chapter and active committee member/mentor at e7 Daughters of the Emirates.
Tammer Qaddumi
Partner, VentureSouq
VP of Private Equity at Waha Capital - with assets of c.$3 billion, and a background that includes UBS and HSBC in New York and Dubai, respectively, as well as the Office of Presidential Personnel at the White House in Washington, D.C.
Walid Hanna
Founder and Managing Partner, Middle East Venture Partners (MEVP)
Amad Almsaodi
Chief Executive Officer,
Idriss Al Rifai
Founder and CEO, Fetchr
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