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February 13 – 14,2019Dubai

RIYADH’S MOST HAPPENING CONFERENCE

Participate at STEP Saudi to meet top VCs, investors, participate in the Startup Basecamp, Pitch Competition, Mentor’s Corner, Investor Meetings, and more.

 

Mentor’s Corner hosted by VW

Mentorship sessions hosted by Volkswagen will be taking place, where entrepreneurs get to participate in 1-on-1 sessions and group sessions focused on specific topics. Booking for mentorship sessions will open closer to event day.

Previous Mentors

Hamad
Almuqbel

Lean Node

Hamad
Almuqbel

Lean Node

Software Engineer, and a co-founder of Lean Node, a software development company and a Partnerships Manager at Udacity. Through previous work Hamad led the MENA web courses management at Udacity and prior was a technology Strategy consulting at Accenture. Hamad has extensive experience in product development, MVPs and prototyping.

Adwa
AlDakheel

Falak Business Hub

Adwa
AlDakheel

Falak Business Hub

An author, a pilot, a musician, a stock trader, and an entrepreneur. Author of Proven Billionaires’ Formula (Alzibda in Arabic); Founder of Falak Business Hub, Adwa Jewels, and Ns3a Recruitment; composer of Adwa by Adwa.

Rayan
Alsharif

Amerni App

Rayan
Alsharif

Amerni App

A principle-oriented individual who lives in a challenging and innovative atmosphere adopting a selfless mindset. Rayan is a co-founder of a successful tech startup and has an experience in alternative investments management, financial analysis and business planning.

Ahmed
Mirghani

Saudi AZM

Ahmed
Mirghani

Saudi AZM

Motivated & Eager to work in teams in challenging environments, solving accounting problems and providing sustainable solutions. Accounting is my background yet Development is my day to day routine.

Mohamed
Merah

BIM Saudi

Mohamed
Merah

BIM Saudi

A professional consultant who is passionate about start-ups and small businesses with experience as a CPA and Management Consultant in 10+ industries and various start-ups.

Julie
Leblan

Merite Incentives General Trading LLC

Julie
Leblan

Merite Incentives General Trading LLC

A native of France, Julie began her career as a solicitor specializing in finance law at some of Paris and London’s leading firms and banks. After moving to Dubai in 2010, Julie refocused her career towards entrepreneurship first launching MyList in 2012, a B2C gifting company quickly followed in 2016 by Merit Incentives which uses innovative technologies for B2B clients to enhance their relationships with both employees and customers. Both companies are firsts in their core categories for the MENA region servicing customers with an online gift registry for all occasions, providing Customer Service and fulfilment for gifts and rewards while customizing engagement strategies using gift cards, merchandise and rewards for both employees and customers from 400+ retailers and service providers across 60+ countries. Julie has been recognized as a visionary for her ability to anticipate business trends, winning many awards recently including for the 2018 Class of EY MENA Entrepreneurial Winning Women, French Creative Entrepreneur of the Year in 2016 and recognized as one of the 2018 Top 12 Up & Coming Companies and Top 100 Startups in the Arab World by Forbes ME in 2018. She is an active member of various networks including Chairman of the MENA chapter of the Incentives Marketing Association (IMA), French Founders, Dubai Business Women Council (DBWC) and the French Business Council Dubai & Northern Emirates among others. Already in 2019, Julie has been nominated for Etisalat’s 2018 SMB Award as Startup of the Year and under consideration for several other awards.

Khalifa
AlBarakati

Olou

Khalifa
AlBarakati

Olou

Serves as the Manager of Entrepreneurship Programs at Olou. He has a wide knowledge in the entrepreneurship ecosystem and angel investment scene in the Kingdom. Khalifa has managed OQAL Angel Investors Network, the first angel investors network in the kingdom, for 5 years before joining Olou. During his time at OQAL, it has reached over 350 investor members across 4 chapters throughout the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and its members have invested SAR31 million in 29 startups since its inception in 2011. He is a member of the evaluation and selection committee since 2016. Khalifa thrives to help entrepreneurs in their journey through guidance and advice, using his experience in business development and startup establishment, as well as pitching and fundraising from angel investors & VCs. Khalifa has experience in Wealth and Assets Management as he worked and managed Family Offices for assets and wealth management in real-estate, equities private equity. Khalifa is a certified Job and Career Transition Coach & Job and Career Development Coach from The Career Network in CA, USA. Khalifa holds a Bachelor degree in English literature and translation from Imam Mohammed bin Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Alanoud
Alqahtani

FIXTAG Group

Alanoud
Alqahtani

FIXTAG Group

CEO of FIXTAG Group and Director of Business Development Department in GGC Co.

Nawaf
Algain

KAUST

Nawaf
Algain

KAUST

Startup mentor at kaust managed to serve more than 100 startups.

Hussain
Almarhoon

Redington Co.

Hussain
Almarhoon

Redington Co.

HR expert, eager to meet people and discuss HR methods and human development.

Abdullah
Sahyoun

DigitaLight

Abdullah
Sahyoun

DigitaLight

Digital Operations Manager at Digital Marketing Agency in Jeddah with 7 years experience in marketing

Nagi
Salloum

500 Startups – Scandi.io

Nagi
Salloum

500 Startups – Scandi.io

CEO of Scandi.io and Accelerator Director of Misk and 500 Startups program in Riyadh. He is a Silicon Valley growth expert, mentor, trainer and advisor to 300+ startups from several top global accelerators, including 500 Startups, YC, Techstars, Stanford, StartX and dozens more. He is a Global Full-Stack Growth Mentor for 500 Startups, an ex-Googler and a serial entrepreneur having launched and sold several startups. His clients have exited or raised an estimated $90M+ in capital.

Alaa
Alhashem

Family’s

Alaa
Alhashem

Family’s

Investment oversight specialist. Interested in corporate governance and social investment. Happy to assist founders in new businesses to have better structures and establish good foundations for the their next phase of their businesses.

Investor Meetings

Investor Meetings will be taking place, where entrepreneurs get to book an exclusive 1-on-1 session with leading investors in the region. Booking for Investor meetings will open closer to event day.

Previous Investors

Mohammed
Alzubi

Nama Fund

Mohammed
Alzubi

Nama Fund

I’m an engineer, turned entrepreneur, turned tech investor. Made numerous investments along the years, some failed miserably, some turned out great, one is a global top 5 unicorn and one is hopefully on its way, standing at 70% realized IRR over 10 Years. My current investment focus is on seed stage startups, and in terms of geography, its mainly the GCC, particularly Saudi. You can reach me on twitter @mzu3b

Nadim
Salha

Vestra Capital

Nadim
Salha

Vestra Capital

Has more than 16 years of experience in early stage investing, venture capital, fund management, and investment banking, in the MENA and the GCC regions. He is the managing partner of Vestra Capital, a consultancy firm with a focus on venture capital. Nadim is also an investor and founder in start-up companies in the technology, F&B and services sectors mainly in the MENA region. Nadim holds an MBA from INSEAD, and a bachelor degree in Business Administration from St. Joseph University, Beirut.

Waleed
Alballaa

STV

Waleed
Alballaa

STV

Partner at STV, the largest technology venture capital fund in the Middle East. With over $US 500 million in committed capital, STV backs and scales the region’s most exciting and disruptive technology companies. Before joining STV, Waleed served as the Executive Head of B2C Ventures at Elm. A software engineer by profession, Waleed’s experience includes working across different verticals in the hi-tech ecosystem in the US where he spent eight years developing and testing products for leading industry players including Microsoft and Skyworks Solutions.

Faris
Alrashed

Oqal Group

Faris
Alrashed

Oqal Group

Founder and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of OQAL Angel Investors network. The first angel investors network in the Saudi Arabia . He co-founded and chaired youth businessmen forum in Riyadh Chamber of Commerce for 3 years. He is a founding partner of number of Startups in saudi; Careem, dopravo and halalah and others. Chairman of Czech Rehabilitation Center, Member of Eisenhower Fellowship since 2005. Board member of number of listed/not-listed saudi companies; Dallah HealthCare Company, Derayah Financial, Shaker Company, Saudi HoamLoans Co and others.

Ali
Abussaud

Hala Ventures

Ali
Abussaud

Hala Ventures

Venture Capitalist & Professional Consultant with a demonstrated history of Venture Investment, Consulting Services, Executive Search, & Corporate Banking. Skilled in establishing new businesses, Change Management, Restructuring of existing businesses, Fund-raising, Investment, Finance, Debt Re/Structuring, & Mentorship. Ali came from a Corporate Banking background where he started in ABC Bank- Bahrain followed by SAMBA Financial Group, National Commercial Bank, & Saudi Hollandi Bank. During his last duty, Ali managed a portfolio in excess of USD 1.5 Billion.

Mohammed
Alkhushail

NOMD Holding

Mohammed
Alkhushail

NOMD Holding

Investor in ICT and new emerging technologies such as IoT. Board Member of the SAUDI Chalmers of Commerce.

Hussain
Almarhoon

Hala Venture Capital

Hussain
Almarhoon

Hala Venture Capital

Managing Partner Hala Ventures B.S. Degree in MIS from King Fahd of Petroleum & Minerals (KFUPM), Saudi Arabia Venture Capitalist & Professional Consultant with a demonstrated history of Venture Investment, Consulting Services, Executive Search, & Corporate Banking. Skilled in establishing new businesses, Change Management, Restructuring of existing businesses, Fund-raising, Investment, Finance, Debt Re/Structuring, & Mentorship.Ali came from a Corporate Banking background where he started in ABC Bank-Bahrain followed by SAMBA Financial Group, National Commercial Bank, & Saudi Hollandi Bank. During his last duty, Ali managed a portfolio in excess of USD 1.5 Billion.In 2014: Ali established Financial Horizon Group, which mainly operates in the following fields,: Management & Financial Consultancy, HR Consulting, Recruitment Services, and Executive Search. During the same period, Ali & his business partner started their First Investment Fund which invested in Private Equity, Equity, & Real-Estate. In 2016: Ali & his business partner decided to deploy the remaining of the fund into MENA SEED & Early Growth Startups and made their first VC-Investment. In 2018: Ali & his business partner, announced the establishment of Hala Ventures brand which currently manages all VC Investments under Fund 1.Today: Hala Ventures incorporated their second Fund as LP/GP Structure.

Kholoud
Almohammadi

Nama Fund

Kholoud
Almohammadi

Nama Fund

At Nama Fund, we believe in value-add approach to investing. We lead a proactive fund with an experienced diverse team, which allows our entrepreneurs access to unique and complementary skill set to enable their growth. We aspire to create a spirit of entrepreneurship all around us. Prior to Nama, I had an experience advising startup on investor-relations as part of the #1 incubator in Saudi. I also had an experience working in the leading Angel Investor Network in Saudi Arabia, where I helped manage the network’s operations and its startup selection.

Mohammed
Alrokayan

Squad Partners

Mohammed
Alrokayan

Squad Partners

– Chief Innovation Officer at TTRO Global – Founder of Squad Partners, an investment company in tech startups – Serial entrepreneur in Australia and Saudi Arabia – Award winner for several local and international competitions – Ex-CEO of the National Digitization Unit and Ex-Board Member of IEEE Australia – First Class Honors degree in Master of IT from the University of Melbourne – PhD in Cloud Computing and Business Model Innovation from the University of Melbourne – Certified BigData analyst by Cloudera and certified business coach by Wiley

Yazid
Bastami

Alinma Investment

Yazid
Bastami

Alinma Investment

Yazid holds a Diplôme d’études Supérieures Spécialisées (Master) in Financial Assets from the Université Saint Joseph, Beirut Lebanon, 16 years of experience in the banking and financial services sector, a CFA Charter-holder, and has completed all the exams for the US Certified Public Account (CPA).

Lewa
Abukhait

DAAL

Lewa
Abukhait

DAAL

Worked previously in prominent companies within MENA region such as Orange, MBC Group and BlackBerry enabled Lewa Abukhait to acquire solid understanding in analyzing technology solutions in business. Currently he is Chief Investment Officer at DAAL; venture capital fund in Saudi Arabia responsible for identifying promising startups and evaluating the investment opportunity within. He also Provides mentorship and business development insights to portfolio companies to guide and nurture their growth on the international stage.

Omar
Barakat

BECO Capital

Omar
Barakat

BECO Capital

Before starting at BECO, Omar spent a year traveling across the Middle East and North Africa as a Seedstars Associate, scouting, coaching and investing in early-stage tech entrepreneurs in the region. He obtained an MSc in Management Science (Behavioural Science) from the London School of Economics, and a BSc in Economics and Management from the University of Bristol. Being a strong believer in the impact of technology and entrepreneurship on peoples’ lives in MENA, Omar is passionate about adding value to startups and accelerating their growth.