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Saudi’s Hottest Tech & Startup Festival

START TRACK

The Start Track at Step covers everything about the startup scene. Global influencers in the tech and digital space engage through keynotes, panels, and debates to cover success stories, growth, investment and fundraising news, and the coolest startups in the space.

What We Cover

Setting Up & Growth
Startups growth and scalability during their journeys, lessons to learn from SMEs.
Solopreneurship
Business plan, tools, best practices.
Fundraising & Investment
Investors and founders relationships, different types of fundraising, and choosing the right deals.
Acquisitions and IPOs
International interest in emerging markets, filing IPOs and listing process, determining the right exit plan.
 

Start track speakers

H.E.Dr. Nabeel Koshak

SAUDI VENTURE CAPITAL COMPANY (SVC)

H.E.Dr. Nabeel Koshak

SAUDI VENTURE CAPITAL COMPANY (SVC)

H.E. Dr. Nabeel Koshak is the CEO and Board Member of Saudi Venture Capital Company (SVC). Nabeel is the Founder and Angel Investor at Athaal Angel Investor Group. He is a Board Member of Middle East Venture Capital Association (MEVCA). Nabeel is the Chairman of GEN (Global Entrepreneurship Network) Saudi. He is a member of the Executive and Investment Committee at the Cultural Development Fund. Nabeel is a member of the Investment Committee at KAUST’s Innovation Fund. He is a startup mentor at Endeavor Saudi Arabia. Nabeel is a member of the Saudi Venture Capital and Private Equity Association. He is a Member of the Executive and Investment Committee at Cultural Development Fund. He is a Board member of TCL (Tomouh Community of Leaders). Formerly, Nabeel was the Founding Executive Dean of Prince Mohammad Bin Salman College (MBSC) of Business and Entrepreneurship in partnership with Babson College at King Abdullah Economic City. Nabeel was an Executive Advisor at Ministry of Economy and Planning and an Executive Advisor at Deloitte. Nabeel was the Co-Founder and the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Wadi Makkah Company (Innovation Fund, Startup Accelerator, and Venture Capital Fund). He was a Board Member of Oqal (Angel Investors Group) Jeddah branch and a mentor at Flat6Labs Jeddah Startup Accelerator. He was a Board Member and the Chairman of the Investment Committee at King Abdulaziz and His Companions Foundation for Giftedness and Innovation (Mawhiba). Nabeel is the former Co-Founder and Director of King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) GIS Technology Innovation Center. Koshak was a Member of the Executive Committee of King Faisal International Prize. As an entrepreneur, Koshak was the Founder and CEO of five tech startups.

Amal Dokhan

500 Global

Amal Dokhan

500 Global

Amal is a seasoned professional with experience in startup investments, corporate innovation, and consulting in the MENA region. Previous to joining 500 Global, Ms. Dokhan was the Managing Director of Babson Global for Entrepreneurial Leadership. Previously, she was the Manager of Learning and Design at the Entrepreneurship Center at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology where she led the New Ventures Acceleration and Corporate Innovation programs. Prior to that engagement she worked in the KAUST Seed Fund developing marketing and events, while also providing a range of services to startup clients. Ms. Dokhan sits on the board of several organizations such as Wayakit Company, Cranfield University UK, King Abdulaziz University. She contributes to a monthly column at Leaders Magazine on Innovation & Entrepreneurship, and has been a speaker at Davos World Economic Forum, TEDx at Kaust, the Annual Conference of the Islamic Development Bank, among others. Ms. Dokhan holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education, English Language & Literature from the King Abdul Aziz University, and a Masters of Strategic Marketing and Marketing Management from the University of Wollongong.

Shahad Geoffrey

Taffi

Shahad Geoffrey

Taffi

Shahad Geoffrey is the founder and CEO of Taffi Inc. A female entrepreneur of a fashion-tech startup. She is building the first VC backed styling platform in the region with a global ambition. She’s on a mission to open doors of opportunity through style. Shahad has expertise in direct-to-consumer brands and working for a top venture capital firm in Silicon Valley. She is passionate about Fashion, Innovation, and building diverse great teams. In 2021, she was selected by Arabian Business as one of the 50 most influential women in Saudi Arabia.

Annika Melchert

BCG Platinion

Annika Melchert

BCG Platinion

Annika Melchert, host of the “FinTech & Digital Banking Podcast”, is an expert on emerging technologies. With her passion for modern banking, she worked with several fintechs and incumbent banks on their technology build, integration strategies, and digital transformations. She is a Manager at BCG Platinion, the technology unit of Boston Consulting Group, leading the Architecture Chapter for the Middle East as well as the FinTech and Neobanking group.

Loulwa

Global Ventures

Loulwa

Global Ventures

Loulwa Bakr lead a notable career in corporate finance and investment banking that spanned 15 years and culminated with heading the investment banking division of Credit Suisse Saudi Arabia. In 2017, she founded Chrome Advisory, an investment advisory firm that supports and enables the venture capital ecosystem. She has participated in various CMA committees that reviewed regulations at the inception of the CMA, and lead some of the landmark transactions in Saudi capital markets. Loulwa has advised and arranged the financing, restructuring, growth through mergers and acquisitions and most significantly, access to capital markets, for top tier corporations. In addition to being recognised as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, she is currently an independent member of the Board of Directors of Reyl Finance (MEA), a member of the audit committee of Budget Rent A Car Saudi Arabia and a member of the advisory board of Columbia University’s Global Centers. Loulwa holds a Master’s degree of Business Administration in Finance and Economics from the Graduate School of Business of Columbia University in the City of New York.

Omar Al Shaaban

The Space

Omar Al Shaaban

The Space

Omar Al-Shabaan is an Entrepreneur, Business Developer, and an angel investor with over 18 years of work experience in major multinational and local companies. he is the co founder and CEO of The Space . He was leading Partnerships at Misk Innovation, a subsidiary of Misk Foundation,as well as serving as a short term consultant with The World Bank group on Innovation and Entrepreneurship , and was an Advisor for the National Digitization Unit. Omar holds an MBA from IE Business school as well as an Executive master in Corporate Communication from the same school.

Wafa Alobaidat

PLAYBOOK APPLICATION W.L.L

Wafa Alobaidat

PLAYBOOK APPLICATION W.L.L

Wafa AlObaidat Founder & CEO With over 12 years of experience, Wafa AlObaidat is the founder of PLAYBOOK, an edtech company that aims to accelerate women's careers. Wafa is an award-winning serial entrepreneur and Global Shaper, and has built successful businesses from the ground-up including the leading PR & Design Agency Obai & Hill. She hosts a number one rated show on Apple podcast, Women Power Podcast and has been named amongst the Top 50 Most Powerful Women by Business in Gulf. Wafa has been featured in Wamda, Harper's Bazaar Arabia and Entrepreneur magazine.

Nathalie

TrueSearch

Nathalie

TrueSearch

Nathalie is the Lead Partner of True Middle East. True Search is a US headquartered global Executive Search firm focused on innovative PE and VC backed high growth tech businesses. Nathalie launched the MENA office in 2019 and the team is based in Dubai Internet City. She has extensive experience of leadership recruiting and start up advisory in the tech scene in the region over the past 13 years, having previously headed the people functions at Dubizzle and Property Finder.

Abdullah Alaraj

Riyadh Angel Investors

Abdullah Alaraj

Riyadh Angel Investors

Abdullah Alaraj is an academic turned active angel investor. He holds B.S.c, M.S.c and PhD in Computer Science. Alaraj is active angel investor in Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt, USA and UK. He invested in more than 30 startups in different industries including Fintech, Blockchain, LegalTech, EdTech, AI/ML, Food/Beverages, Logistics, SaaS and cybersecurity. Alaraj is the Co-Founder and Chairman of Board of Riyadh Angel Investors (RAI). He is member of United Kingdom Business Angel Association (UKBAA).

Hussein Attar

Tech Invest Com

Hussein Attar

Tech Invest Com

Hussein Attar is the CEO of Tech Invest Com, an investment firm that was established with 1Bn SAR to invest in regional early stage tech startups. Ex-Founder of a startup, and ex- CEO of software development company. He is now also an investment committee member of two angel investor groups, and a board member of several of the leading tech startups in the region.

Dania Al Masri

Khadoum

Dania Al Masri

Khadoum

Growth-focused humanitarian & social entrepreneur, strategist and a design thinker whose life has always been aligned to the causes she truly believes in. Whether it's about empowering the youth, developing socially impactful products or helping impact driven businesses thrive; her aim through the past 12+ years of her career has been a consistent one; to be a driver of social change and innovation.

Musaab Hakami

VentureSouq

Musaab Hakami

VentureSouq

Musaab is a general partner with VentureSouq. Previously, Musaab was the Group CFO of Sary. He is a 3x entrepreneur and an experienced angel investor. Prior to Sary Musaab was the Executive Director of Marketing Strategy at SAGIA and the Director of Global Competitiveness Forum. Musaab brings a wealth of operational experience to the investment team at VentureSouq along with technical skills. Musaab holds a BSc from King Saud University and majored in Computer Engineering.  Musaab holds several board positions.

Ahmed Aljbreen

Merak Capital

Ahmed Aljbreen

Merak Capital

Ahmed has more than eight years of experience in the technology and investment space. He led 500 Startups in Saudi Arabia, a global VC with 180+ investments in the Middle East region. During his time at 500 Startups, Ahmed led 3 accelerator programs in collaboration with Misk Foundation where they invested in 55+ startups. Additionally, he has worked as an engineer in the technology sector at KAUST, and Ericsson. Ahmed holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Cornell University and a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Prince Sultan University.

Noor Al-Marzoky

WorkshopX

Noor Al-Marzoky

WorkshopX

Noor Marzoky is an award-winning Saudi visionary and educator. While earning her Masters' degree in International relations, she founded her first company Workshop X in 2017, which is now one of the top leading workshop providers in Saudi Arabia. After nearly four years Noor brought a wealth of knowledge to the local market by developing workshops that fulfilled the gap in knowledge. Earlier in the company, she shifted the business model to also cater to B2B and B2G clients such as Ministry of Culture and Benchmark, IKEA, and CISCO which we provide them corporate bespoke workshops. Workshop X has hosted more than 400 workshops with award-winning instructional partnerships. With the success rate of 17.9% reoccurring participants in the B2C workshop Segment. Noor commenced her career by opening a Co-working space that helped serve young entrepreneurs to establish their business, by creating an exclusive-only space that exudes warmth and friendly feelings to help facilitate a safe learning environment. She holds a bachelor's degree in the English Language from UQU and a Master's degree (MAIR) from Dar Alhekma University.