Dubai and the Red Sea coast are hotspots for all things entrepreneurial this fall, from the massive World Youth Forum in Sharm El Sheikh, to the Sharjah Entrepreneurship Festival in the UAE. Here's 7 sizzling events to keep an eye on this month.
Just before the end of the year, in parallel to the world's trailblazing Web Summit in Portugal and Slush in Finland, the Middle East's startup crowd is setting the scene for an eventful month. After Dubai's Gitex Tech Week and FinTech Abu Dhabi took the UAE scene by storm, the MENA region is prepping for a flurry of conferences, workshops and summits - from hands-on Startup Weekend to global conferences like the World Youth Forum. From Hurghada, to Sharjah, to Riyadh, here's 7 must-see events this month.
A platform bringing together youth from around the world with decision makers under the theme #WeNeedtoTalk, the forum is taking off in the coastal city of Sharm el Sheikh as an opportunity for young changemakers to engage with top policy-makers in the region and network with promising youth. The forum is also a chance to explore Egypt with its rich culture, heritage and history, stretching for an entire week of collaboration, inspiration and conversations around four pillars: Youth global issues; sustainable development; technology and entrepreneurship; civilizations and culture; creating future leaders; and the model united nations.
The first organisation in the Middle East gathering the marketers as a solid start for an integral constructive league. The Marketers League aims to create a mutually beneficial social and business cooperation, networking employment and creating a solid package of inclusive benefits for the members of the league.A cornerstone for a syndicate for marketers, businessmen, entrepreneurs in Egypt and the Middle-East, its 3rd edition is kicking off in November, with keynote speaker David Meerman Scott. Check out more details here or call +2 011 22 67 5555 / +2 011 22 54 7777.
Misk Global Forum is the flagship global platform of the Misk Foundation, a non-profit philanthropic foundation established by Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman to discover, develop and empower Saudi youth to become active participants in the knowledge economy. The summit, titled "Meeting the challenge of change" aims to unleash the potential of the country’s youth and advance the Saudi National Transformation Program and the Vision 2030. Last years speakers included Muhammad Yunus, Pixar Studios co-founder Alvy Ray Smith, Siemens' President Joe Kaeser, and John T. Chambers, Chairman of Cisco. For more information, check out this link.
Under the Patronage of H.E. Sahr Nasr, the mister of International Cooperation, the entrepreneurship summit will be launched in Hurghada and it's considered the Single Best Meeting Place for Entrepreneurs, Businesses, Researchers, Educators, and Policy Makers to Meet for the Development of Egypt. Registration fees are $200 and you can register here.
Startup Weekends are 54-hour events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs. Beginning with Thursday night pitches and continuing through brainstorming, business plan development, and basic prototype creation, Startup Weekends culminate in Saturday night demos and presentations. Whether you are looking for feedback on an idea, a co-founder, specific skill sets, or a team to help you execute, Startup Weekends are the perfect environment in which to test your idea and take the first steps towards launching your own startup. Find out more here.
Get access to over $30B in Silicon Valley Venture funds, International angels, LP's and coporates. The world's most innovative and funded startups come together at GVS Dubai. These three days will cross-pollinate ideas, cultural knowledge and investment dollars to keep Silicon Valley nimble and get Dubai and the Arabian Gulf startups ecosystem more funded. Find out more and get your tickets here.
Gear up for an exciting festival exclusively for go-getters, as Sharjah is going to bring you the most inspiring stories from industry leaders, founders and creatives. More than 80 speakers are expected to take stage this November, including Singularity University's Paul Epping, Womena's Elissa Freiha, and Altcity's David Nabti. For more details and to get tickets, visit this link.
Check out all the events in the coming months on our Events Calendar.
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