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Saudi’s MOST HAPPENING CONFERENCE

STARTUP BASECAMP

Over 50+ 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.

Startup Package Benefits

Startup Package Benefits
  • 2 All-Access Pass tickets.
  • Branded Virtual Booth for 1 day at the Startup Basecamp.
  • Access to workshops and mentorship sessions.
  • Access to pre-booked one-on-one Investor meetings with top VCs and Angel Investors.
  • Logo included in startup announcements on our website and social media channels.
  • Opportunity to be selected to the Step Pitch Competition.
 

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.

2021 Participating Investors

Sachit
Varma

+VC

Sachit
Varma

+VC

Investment professional at +VC, with 5 years of experience across venture capital in the MENA region, mid-market private equity in emerging Asia, and global investment banking strategy at Goldman Sachs.

Ivo

Hambro Perks

Ivo

Hambro Perks

Ivo Detelinov is a General Partner London-based VC firm Hambro Perks. Previously, he was at Riyad Capital for 7 years heading the firm's PE and VC Funds business. Following the completion of an MBA degree (Finance) from New York University’s Stern School of Business, Ivo joined the Financial Sponsors Group of Merrill Lynch, where he assisted in origination, diligence and deal execution global PE and VC firms in New York (for seven years) and in London (for three years). Prior to attending graduate school, he worked at MWI & Partners, a growth PE fund associated with Merrill Lynch. Ivo started his professional career at the Technology Equity Research at Merrill Lynch, where he covered Enterprise Software companies. He is a CFA Charterholder.

Varun
Sharma

Wamda

Varun
Sharma

Wamda

Varun Sharma is part of the Wamda Investment Team, and his role involves working on the deal process including initial screening, market analysis, financial modelling, conducting due diligence and portfolio management. He actively looks out for key market & industry trends, establishing investment theses and networking with potential startups & up-and-coming entrepreneurs. Prior to his role at Wamda, Varun was part of the private banking team at Standard Chartered Bank. Varun is a CFA charter holder and holds a degree in finance with a minor in actuarial mathematics from The American University of Sharjah.

Abdul
Kareem
Kamran

Wamda

Abdul
Kareem
Kamran

Wamda

Abdul Kareem is an Investment Analyst at Wamda. As an analyst, Abdul Kareem assists and supports the partners and associates in the entire deal process including initial screening, market analysis, financial modeling & due diligence. Prior to Wamda, Abdul Kareem attended New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD), where he pursued a degree in Economics. Abdul Kareem takes part in industry and VC events, networks with potential startups and up-and-coming entrepreneurs, and keeps an eye out for the latest industry trends.

Pier
Armando
Vender

Iliad Partners

Pier
Armando
Vender

Iliad Partners

Pier is an Associate at Iliad Partners where he is constantly looking to meet and interact with the best entrepreneurs in the MENA region and beyond. He has a background in banking, venture capital and startup acceleration and comes from a small business family where he experienced first-hand the impact that entrepreneurship has on our everyday lives.

Hussein
Attar

Tech Invest Com

Hussein
Attar

Tech Invest Com

Hussein Attar is the CEO of Tech Invest Com, a 1Bn SAR saudi investment firm that invests in MENA-based early-stage tech startups and private equity investments in technology companies. He founded a tech startup that was selected as one of the top 50 Arab startups by Forbes. He sits on the board of several tech companies and a member of Oqal and Falak angel investment groups. He is also a member of the Saudi Venture Capital and Private Equity Association.

Yousef
Albabtain

Shorooq Partners

Yousef
Albabtain

Shorooq Partners

Yousef is Principal and Saudi Country Lead at Shorooq Partners, the MENA’s leading early stage VC. Previously worked at an internationally renowned advisory firm in Riyadh, working as a Consultant in strategy and financial due diligence. Yousef then moved to lead the business development and growth activities for a portfolio of Saudi-based companies across real estate, logistics and investment sectors.

Sergiy
Stupak

Venturesouq

Sergiy
Stupak

Venturesouq

Sergiy exclusively focuses on early-stage fintech investments in MENAP. He is also a member of the global On Deck Fintech community, is an early MBA admit at MIT Sloan and holds a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from New York University Abu Dhabi.

Ralph
Choueiri

Nomu Ventures

Ralph
Choueiri

Nomu Ventures

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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.

2021 Pitch Competition Participating Startups

2021 Pitch Participants Finalists

2021 PITCH COMPETITION JUDGES

Tala
Malhas

Global Ventures

Tala
Malhas

Global Ventures

Currently an associate at GV.Prior to that, I worked as an Assistant Vice President at Credit Suisse, where she was involved in constructing and managing portfolios for individuals and family offices across MENA • BSc in Business Studies and Finance from Cass Business School, City University

Tarek
Fouad

Shorooq Partners

Tarek
Fouad

Shorooq Partners

Tarek Fouad led the Operations and Community at Hub71, a key driver of the Ghadan21 program and the catalyst to Abu Dhabi’s digital transformation. Tarek Fouad focused on developing Abu Dhabi’s community of startups, VCs and corporate partners through striking strategic partnerships, sourcing over 100 deep-tech startups and advising on policy changes. In 2012, Tarek founded Lean International Group, first of its kind out of home media circuit at health clubs and a technology solutions provider for sports facilities, ultimately bringing the company to exit in 2017. Tarek holds a master’s degree in control engineering from Khalifa University, an MBA from City University of London, Cass business School; and is a certified Neuro-linguistic programmer (NLP) and executive coach. He currently is spearheading growth initiatives at Shorooq Partners, establishing a suite of programs and sector focused accelerators to further strengthen the fund’s presence in MENAPT markets – delivering on its commitments to the LPs.

Abdulaziz
Al
Dayel

Global Ventures

Abdulaziz
Al
Dayel

Global Ventures

Abdulaziz Al-Dayel has over 5 years of industry experience specializing in venture capital and investment management. Before joining Global Ventures, Abdulaziz was part of the investment team of a Saudi-based venture capital fund Riyad TAQNIA Fund (RTF). Prior to RTF Abdulaziz also worked at the Treasury Department of Samba Financial Group. Abdulaziz holds a Master of Business Administration from Claremont Graduate University, Drucker School of Management.

Ashish
Sinha

AWS-MENA

Ashish
Sinha

AWS-MENA

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Ned
Jaroudi

AWS

Ned
Jaroudi

AWS

Ned is a seasoned executive with cross-border experience in successfully establishing and leading business development and innovation functions for private and public sector organizations like AWS, Intel, CA Technologies, UAE Prime Minister’s Office and Expo 2020 Dubai. He’s also worked for five startups in the US and the Middle East with successful exits to IBM, Paul Allen’s Asymetrix, and Thomson Reuters, and launched the first international incubator in MENA. He gives back to the community by mentoring high-impact startups and has served as founding Board Member, United Nations ICT Arab Task Force; Board Member, Young Arab Leaders; founding President, Stanford UAE Alumni Club; and Steering Committee Member, in5 Tech Innovation Centre. He holds an M.S. from Stanford University, a B.S. from Northeastern University, and a Certificate in Management from INSEAD.

2021 PITCH COMPETITION HOST

Mahmood
AlHamad

Tarjama

Mahmood
AlHamad

Tarjama

E-sports addict, Global Citizen, Musician & sometimes Tech-wizard. Mahmood is currently breaking global barriers with the regions top smart language solutions provider, Tarjama. He likes to engage with real-world issues & challenges that will constantly push him to find innovative solutions.

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.

2021 Participating Mentors

Rasheed
Jamil

Global Resources Consultancy

Rasheed
Jamil

Global Resources Consultancy

Serial Entrepreneur and Startup Mentor at Dubai Entrepreneurship Academy, I love talking with start-ups and Understanding founder passion, I’m here to help you develop and finetune your business model, pivot and validate your product and focus on mentoring all the right techniques and creating scalable, predictable and repeatable growth machines for startups.

Neena
Punnen

Plus Venture Capital (+VC)

Neena
Punnen

Plus Venture Capital (+VC)

"Neena Punnen Director Events, PR & Comms, +VC Neena is the Director of Corporate Communications, PR and Events at Plus VC, a MENA-focused early stage venture capital firm investing in tech and tech-enabled startups. She is a qualified digital marketing professional and a seasoned PR and corporate communications practitioner with 20+ years of experience in the Middle East and North Africa. Prior to joining +VC she was with 500 Startups, a Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm. As the PR and Communications Manager, for the MENA region, she managed Media Relations for the 180+ startups under its portfolio. She was also the Account Manager/Senior Consultant at Hill+Knowlton Strategies, a leading international Public Relations Agency prior to joining 500 Startups. Her client portfolio included leading international brands, quasi government, Banks, financial institutions and private sector organizations. Recently she successfully completed the Certified Digital Marketing Professional (CDMP) Certification from the Digital Marketing Institute, Ireland. She holds a MCom in Banking and Taxation from the University of Bangalore, Karnataka and has earned a Post Graduate Diploma in Finance Management. "

Dr.
Wasseem
Abaza

Zayed University

Dr.
Wasseem
Abaza

Zayed University

Dr. Wasseem Abaza is an Assistant Professor at Zayed University where he teaches courses on Social Enterprises, Entrepreneurship and Strategy. He operated two successful businesses over the course of 17 years and continues to start new businesses while also Angel Investing. He has consulted in Entrepreneurship, Social Innovation and Positive Organizational Development for SME’s and organizations such as the Dubai Police, Emirates Foundation and the Al Ahli Holding Group among others. Additionally, he worked directly with the Dubai Executive Office and the Dubai Future Foundation to develop the University Entrepreneurship Program currently operating in 12 Universities. In 2019, Dr. Abaza was voted one of the Top 100 Leaders in Education by the Global Forum for Education and Learning and in 2020 was named a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Rime
Diab

Digital Prestige

Rime
Diab

Digital Prestige

Rime is the Founder and CEO of Digital Prestige, a digital transformation, agile driven services startup. Also creator and CEO of Limelines, MENAs' leading content curator. She has over 20 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.

Mohamed
Amine
Merah

BIM Ventures

Mohamed
Amine
Merah

BIM Ventures

A Venture Builder with 10+ years experience in audit, finance, management consulting and strategy with startups and entities of all sizes and various industries.

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.
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