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STARTUP BASECAMP

Over 100 startups based in KSA and across emerging markets will be showcasing their products and services online and will have the opportunity to gather leads and network with potential clients and partners. Selected startups get 2 tickets for the price of 1, a free branded virtual booth for 1 day, and priority access to participate in Startup activities to meet global investors.

PITCH COMPETITION

Startups are selected from those participating in the Startup Basecamp to participate at Step's online pitch competition, Saudi edition, to present their products and services to leading investors and industry experts.

MENTOR’S CORNER

Participating startups and entrepreneurs will get the opportunity to sign up for online 1-on-1 sessions with successful startup founders and industry experts who will participate as Mentors. Booking for mentorship sessions will open closer to event day.

2020 Participating Mentors

More Mentors Announcements Coming Soon

Ayman
Itani

TML-Think Media Labs

Ayman
Itani

TML-Think Media Labs

Business growth specialist, advisor, and public speaker, dedicated to helping founders, investors, government entities, and established businesses meet their growth objectives by leveraging his experience building his own business and that of others.

Karim
Helal

ProTenders

Karim
Helal

ProTenders

Karim Helal is a successful entrepreneur, having founded and managed a wide range of startups, ranging from Import/Exports to online web applications, and the latest being construction technology, ProTenders. Karim was raised in the UAE and later moved to Canada to pursue his career further, first earning a Bachelor in Electrical Engineering from Polytechnique, then working as a Project Manager for Ericsson Canada and onward to achieve a Masters degree in Entrepreneurship from HEC Montreal. Co-founder and CEO of the prominent construction tech platform ProTenders that was launched in the year 2011, Karim is responsible for setting the vision and direction of the platform while also ensuring viability of the business. Under Karim’s vision and direction, the SME quickly grew to be the most popular business intelligence and e-Tendering platform across the Middle East, ​with over 18,000 member companies, 60,000 listed projects, and over $35 Billion worth of bids processed.

Rime
Diab

Limelines

Rime
Diab

Limelines

Rime is the CEO of Limelines. She has over 18 years experience in management, strategy and delivery of digital platforms around the globe. Following her Bachelor of Science in Economics from Notre Dame University in Lebanon, Rime moved to Chicago, USA and earned dual master’s degrees in Business Administration (MBA) and MSc. in Information Systems (MSIS) with honors from Roosevelt University. Rime’s global and high academic achievements helped her succeed in several positions that she held in Chicago from Financial Analyst at Tribune Media to eCommerce Strategy Consultant at Whittman-Hart Consulting to a Senior Business Analyst, Global Technology Liaison and Program Manager of several global applications at J.P. Morgan worldwide bank. She later relocated to the MENA region and joined Thomson Reuters as a Digital Program Manager overlooking the development of several online platforms and mobile apps. Before joining Thomson Reuters, Diab spent 12 years at J. P. Morgan in USA with increasing responsibilities, leading to her role as Vice President - Program Manager of Global Client Care applications. During her Program Management role, in addition to successfully delivering around multiple tech releases per year, she was tasked to be the link to global clients during international software rollouts and traveled to the EMEA and APAC regions to be the mentor and advisor during deployment. Before J. P. Morgan, Diab held several consultant positions in the area of online strategy consulting where she executed research on best practice strategies and advised clients on how to best develop their online presence including software selections processes and delivery options. During her tenure, Rime has repeatedly received an exceeds performance rating due to high quality tech delivery process development and execution, excellent client relationship and communication, and building high performance teams.

Nawaf
Algain

KAUST

Nawaf
Algain

KAUST

Startup incubation manager, mentor and entrepreneur with over 17 years experience in both public and private sector.

Edwin
Kooistra

CHASM

Edwin
Kooistra

CHASM

I joined an early-stage Ymor in 2007, based in Utrecht in the Netherlands. Ymor was one of the first to fully specialize in user happiness or Digital Experience as we would call it now. In different roles my focus was always on growth: developing new services, entering new industries, finding new (technology) partnerships, or entering new geographical markets. Shortly after Ymor got acquired by Main Capital I moved to Dubai work for Gartner. In my three years with Gartner I provided start-up, mid-size and large enterprise Tech CEOs in the Middle East the advice, insights, and tools needed to accelerate the growth of their business. Outside work life I love to play golf on one of the many beautiful courses in Dubai, go sailing or run by the canal in Business Bay or by the sea at Kite Beach. My next challenge is to run the marathon of Dubai in January 2021!

Stefania
Brunori

Stefania Brunori - Building Memorable Brands

Stefania
Brunori

Stefania Brunori - Building Memorable Brands

Brand Strategist and Digital Marketing Specialist with over 15 years professional experience in managerial positions worldwide. Having worked extensively across Europe and the Middle East, Stefania's core areas of expertise are Branding, Innovation, Social Media, Creativity and Integrated Marketing Practice. She develops and executes solid strategies and marketing campaigns to facilitate companies expand beyond their current limits. Born in Spain, Stefania relocated to Dubai, UAE, in 2009, where she has worked for multinational companies such as Teka and Nokia, as well as for Middle East SME corporations with regional reach. Her most recent project has been to conceptualize and launch the Middle East's most complete website for Yoga & Meditation and to support Startups as a Marketing Business Coach.

Julie
Leblan

Merit Incentives - MyList Group

Julie
Leblan

Merit Incentives - MyList Group

Julie is Mylist Group and Merit Incentives CEO, a company specialised in engagement technologies (customer and employees) and digital rewards established in Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt and Pakistan.

Investor Meetings

Participating startups and entrepreneurs will get the opportunity to sign up for online 1-on-1 sessions with specifically leading investors from KSA and wider regions from pre-seed to early and growth stage investors.

2020 Participating Investors

More Investors Announcements Coming Soon

Christos
Mastoras

Iliad Partners

Christos
Mastoras

Iliad Partners

Christos is the Founder and Managing Partner of Iliad Partners, a VC firm investing in early stage tech startups in MENA. With Iliad, Christos has made investments in “e-commerce enablement” in primarily B2B companies digitizing logistics, transport, mobility, and insurance. He is an investor, former entrepreneur, and digital executive with 20+ years of experience in tech in the US, Europe, and MENA. Based in Dubai for the last 12 years, he was previously Head of Business Development of Yahoo! Maktoob and a management consultant with Booz & Company. He was previously an angel investor and a founder and a senior executive at tech startups including GlamBox, Upstream and govWorks. Christos holds an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management and a B.S. in International Relations from Georgetown University.
Funding Stage : Early, Growth
Preferred industry of the startups : ARetail & E-commerce, Education, Insurance & Healthcare, Fintech, Logistics, PropTech / Real Estate

Lewa
Abukhait

DAAL

Lewa
Abukhait

DAAL

Chief Investment Officer at DAAL; venture capital fund in Saudi Arabia responsible for identifying promising startups and evaluating the investment opportunity within. Lewa also Provides mentorship and business development insights for portfolio companies to guide and nurture their growth on the international stage. Working previously in prominent companies within MENA region such as Orange Jordan, MBC Group and BlackBerry enabled Lewa to acquire solid understanding in realizing the scalability in technology solutions and sustainability in business models.
Funding Stage : Early, Growth
Preferred industry of the startups : Retail, E-commerce, IT, Education, Telecommunications, Fintech, Logistics, SaaS

Tarad
Alhasan

Impact 46

Tarad
Alhasan

Impact 46

Interested in investing in Fin-tech
Funding Stage : Early, Growth
Preferred industry of the startups : Accounting & Banking, Capital Markets, Venture Capital, Fintech, Health, Healthcare

Kholoud
Almohammadi

Impact46

Kholoud
Almohammadi

Impact46

Part of the Investment team at Impact46, prior experience advising startup as part of the #1 incubator in Saudi. Along with a vast experience in the angel investing landscape in Saudi.
Funding Stage : Early
Preferred industry of the startups : Fintech, Marketplace, On-demand

Abdullah
Alonaideel

Squad Partners

Abdullah
Alonaideel

Squad Partners

Passionate in building entrepreneurship ecosystem and creating more opportunities for entrepreneurs
Funding Stage : Seed
Preferred industry of the startups : Retail & E-commerce, Insurance & Healthcare, Fintech, Logistics

Saleh
Abbas

Flat6Labs Bahrain

Saleh
Abbas

Flat6Labs Bahrain

Saleh Abbas is the Senior Program Manager at Flat6Labs Bahrain where he oversees the accelerator program as well as the marketing and outreach. Saleh has travelled globally to startup related events to scout innovative businesses securing investment in 44 startups to date. He also works on creating strategic partnerships and consolidating a VC network for follow on funding for the Bahrain portfolio. He has previously worked in logistics, marketing, and more, at well-reputed firms and corporates such as JWT, Zain, and BMMI.
Funding Stage : Seed, Early
Preferred industry of the startups : Retail & E-commerce, IT, Advertising Digital Media & Marketing, Education, Aviation Automobile & Transportation, Accounting & Banking, Hospitality & Restaurants, Insurance & Healthcare, Consulting, Entertainment & Sport, Telecommunications, Apparel Fashion & Cosmetics, Capital Markets & Venture Capital, Dairy & Farming, Fintech, Architecture & Art, Health, Healthcare, Logistics
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