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.
Angel Networks and Individual Investors Understanding Venture Capital: Strategies & ROI Funding Funds in MENA - An LP Perspective Corporate Venture Capital & Investment
Private Equity in Technology: Challenges in Regional Growth Capital Cross-Border Growth - Breaking into New Markets Exits - The Lowdown on Getting Acquired Scaling Operations - Best Practices for Growing Teams and Capacity
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.
Dmitry Galperin
Principal, Runa Capital
 
Jeff Lynn
CEO and Co-Founder, Seedrs
Co-founder of the leading pan-European equity crowdfunding platform, and founding Chairman of the Coalition for a Digital Economy (Coadec). Named by GQ Magazine as one of the 100 most influential men in Britain and by Business Insider as one of the 10 coolest people in UK tech.
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
Named "one of the 100 Top Internet Executives in New York" and "one of the 100 most influential people in Silicon Alley"; Founder of NYC Seedstart accelerator, Overlap, and Thinking Media; Co-founder of the Sonata artificial intelligence software company and Petal Computing - a precursor to cloud computing.
Rashed AlRashed
Managing Partner, Tamm Investments
 
Vivian Law
Corporate Innovation Director at Chinaccelerator MOX, Investment Associate at SOSV
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
 
Christos Mastoras
Founder and Managing Partner, Iliad Partners
 
​Issa Aghabi
Investment Officer, IFC World Bank
 
Kushal Shah
Managing Partner, Roland Berger
 
Sharifa AlBarami
Managing Director, Oman Technology Fund
 
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.
Waleed AlBallaa​
Partner, STVentures
 
Walid Hanna
Founder and Managing Partner, Middle East Venture Partners (MEVP)
 
Zafer Younis
Partner, 500 Startups
 
Aby Thomas
Editor in Chief, Entrepreneur Middle East
 
Amad Almsaodi
Chief Executive Officer, Aqarmap.com
 
Amir Farha
Co-founder and Managing Partner, BECO Capital
 
Ankush Chibber
Managing Editor, Inc. Arabia
 
Daria Solovieva
Founder and Editor In Chief, ella Media
 
Ehab Alshurafa
Managing Partner and Chief Business Officer, ​​ArabiaWeather
 
Geet Bhalla
​Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, HolidayMe
 
Idriss Al Rifai
Founder and CEO, Fetchr
 
Kunal Kapoor
Chief Executive Officer, ​​The Luxury Closet
 
Mahmoud Fouz
Chief Executive Officer, Easy Middle East
 
Tamara Pupic
Managing Editor, Entrepreneur Middle East
 

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