GITEX GLOBAL - October 2023 - Dubai

Agenda

13:00 - 14:00

13:00 – 13:05
10 October 2022 | 5 Minutes
Free
  • North Star
  • Track: North Star Rising
  • Zabeel Hall 6, Pitch stage

Welcome Remarks by MC

Speakers

Tom Urquhart

Presenter

Dubai Eye Business Breakfast (AE)

13:05 – 16:30
10 October 2022 | 205 Minutes
Free
  • North Star
  • Track: North Star Rising
  • Zabeel Hall 6, Pitch stage

Oman Technology Fund Pitch Competition

  • The top 30 submissions to the Oman Technology Fund Pitch Competition will have just a few minutes to present to and answer questions from a panel of expert judges. Join this session to see what technology and business innovations and which will make it through to the final 10 vying for investment!

10:00 - 11:00

10:55 – 11:00
11 October 2022 | 5 Minutes
Free
  • North Star
  • Track: North Star Rising
  • Zabeel Hall 6, Rising Stage

Welcome Remarks by MC

Speakers

Tom Urquhart

Presenter

Dubai Eye Business Breakfast (AE)

11:00 - 12:00

11:00 – 11:50
11 October 2022 | 50 Minutes
Free
  • North Star
  • Track: North Star Rising
  • Zabeel Hall 6, Pitch stage

Startups panel: Growth Strategy from Start-up to Scale-up

-          Do’s and don’ts for rapid scaling
-          Why it matters?
-          Is there a clear recipe for scale up success?

Speakers

Dr. Aadeel Akhtar

Founder and CEO

United States of America

Psyonic

First Time in the Region

Ovais Naqvi

Partner - EMEA

Rise Capital (AE)

Faizan Aslam

CEO and Founder

Bookme (PK)

Naveen Joseph

Co-Founder, CPO, VP

iMile Delivery

Monis Khan

CEO

Pakistan

Dukan

11:50 – 12:10
11 October 2022 | 20 Minutes
Free
  • North Star
  • Track: North Star Rising
  • Zabeel Hall 6, Pitch stage

Lightning Insight: You Know Desirability, Feasibility, Viability, Now Meet RESPONSIBILITY

-          Integrating ESG into your business from day 1
-          Why ESG matters – finance, talent, brand
-          The role and responsibility of startups in driving the ESG agenda
-          Scaling and partnering models for maximum impact

Speakers

Joe Stringer

Partner

Octopus Ventures (UK)

12:00 - 13:00

12:10 – 12:30
11 October 2022 | 20 Minutes
Free
  • North Star
  • Track: North Star Rising
  • Zabeel Hall 6, Pitch stage

ESG Venture Building - Turning your industry’s Doom Cycle Into a Bloom Cycle

-          How to apply VC-style rigor and discipline to building a transformational ESG venture in mobility?
-          How to coordinate and coalesce key ecosystem players around your venture’s strategic and financial objectives?
-          How to leverage your Corporate Mothership’s assets to build an unfair advantage against other startups?

Speakers

Chris Lindener

Board Member in Residence Board Member in Residence

Mach49

Balint Kelen

VP of Business Development EMEA

MACH 49 (UK)

12:30 – 12:50
11 October 2022 | 20 Minutes
Free
  • North Star
  • Track: North Star Rising
  • Zabeel Hall 6, Pitch stage

Insight Talk: Your Startup’s Ikigai: The Intersection of Brand, Corporate Culture and Impact Entrepreneurship

-          Congratulations, you’re viable (intro)
-          I care a lot (Impact)
-          I know you (Brand)
-          I’ll join you (Culture)
-          I’m with you (Investors)
-          Your Startup’s Ikigai (tying it all together)

Speakers

Maha Alkhalawi

Innovative Culture & Ecosystems Lead

EY Middle East

12:50 – 13:10
11 October 2022 | 20 Minutes
Free
  • North Star
  • Track: North Star Rising
  • Zabeel Hall 6, Rising Stage

DMS’s Success in Transforming Transportation Through Venture Building

Speakers

Ahmad Aljohani

CEO

Saudi Arabia

DMS "Digital Mobility Solutions"

13:00 - 14:00

13:10 – 13:30
11 October 2022 | 20 Minutes
Paid
  • North Star
  • Track: North Star Rising
  • Zabeel Hall 6, Pitch stage

Quickfire Chat: Innovation in AgTech with Investments Up by 40% A rapid paced conversation with the sea farms and agtech rising founders. We dive into the drive, the means and outcome.

  -          Emerging innovations in the sector that’s driving the increasing investment
-          Tips and pitfalls to make better decisions
-          The future of sustainable farms and biofuels
-          Driving e-supply chains in AgTech

Speakers

Prof. Mark Tester

Chief Scientist

Red Sea Farms (KSA)

Elie Skaf

Co-Founder & CEO

Right Farms (AE)

Phillip Tettenborn

Advisor, GIZ

(Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GmbH)

Tage Kene-Okafor

Reporter

Nigeria

TechCrunch

13:30 – 13:50
11 October 2022 | 20 Minutes
Free
  • North Star
  • Track: North Star Rising
  • Zabeel Hall 6, Pitch stage

Presentation: Talent and Team, How to Get it Right When it’s Time to Attract, Recruit and Retain

-          Competing with the corporates, what attracts talent to startup ventures?
-          What are corporates AND startups doing wrong in attracting diverse populations?
-          How to consciously build a team in line with your stage and growth ambitions
-          Taking your core team along, spotting talent and potential and how to nurture it
-          How can investors help their portfolio ventures recruit?
-          What do employees care about and how can founders build a healthy company culture?

Speakers

Avigail Levine

Head of Ecosystem

Samsung Next (IL)

13:50 – 14:40
11 October 2022 | 50 Minutes
Free
  • North Star
  • Track: North Star Rising
  • Zabeel Hall 6, Pitch stage

Angel Interviews

-          The role of angel investors in the overall startup ecosystem and community
-          How to attract angel investment?
-          Advantages and drawbacks of angel investment vs other models
-          The angels’ view – becoming an angel, careful considerations and managing risk
-          Considering the post Covid and current crypto market corrections and what sort of market indicators to look out for to be prepared on the funding front
-          Experiences and success stories

Speakers

Charlotte Mason

Venture Partner, Antler & Startup Bootcamp Director

INSEAD (UK)

Emanuele Torlonia

Associate

Italian Angels (IT)

Anastasios Papakonstantinou

Member of EU Tech Chamber

Angel Investor and Venture Builder (GR)

Dr. Louiza Chitour

Senior Program and Partnerships Manager

Plug and Play Tech Center (AE)

Imad Atwi

Principal

Strategy& part of PwC Network (AE)

Dhianu Das

Founder

Agility Ventures (IN)

14:00 - 15:00

14:40 – 15:05
11 October 2022 | 25 Minutes
Free
  • North Star
  • Track: North Star Rising
  • Zabeel Hall 6, Pitch stage

Experience Insight: Just Do It – Bootstrapping Do’s and Don’ts

-          Demystifying forecasts and budgeting
-          Building in buffers – expect the unexpected on the entrepreneurial rollercoaster
-          Doing more with less: tech and other resources
-          Why, when, how bootstrapping makes sense?

Speakers

Jeremy Thomas

Founder & CEO

Astral Tech (UK)

15:00 - 16:00

15:05 – 15:30
11 October 2022 | 25 Minutes
Free
  • North Star
  • Track: North Star Rising
  • Zabeel Hall 6, Pitch stage

Panel: Venture Building 101 Do’s and Don’ts

-          Priorities! What you need to do today to be ready to engage with venture investors tomorrow
-          Why go alone?
-             The rise and value of venture building studios
-          The venture building landscape in MENA and how it compares to other vibrant markets
-          How can we encourage and build a more innovative venture environment?

Speakers

Elias Aad

Senior Advisor on Tech/Digital, Investments and Entrepreneurship Strategies

Roland

Kareem Elsirafy

Managing Partner

Modus Capital (USA)

Jazeer Jamal

Founder & CEO Founder

GrowValley

Ritesh Tilani

Founder

ENHANCE VENTURES

Tage Kene-Okafor

Reporter

Nigeria

TechCrunch

15:30 – 15:50
11 October 2022 | 20 Minutes
Free
  • North Star
  • Track: North Star Rising
  • Zabeel Hall 6, Pitch stage

Guiding Insight Talk: Setting your Investor Strategy

-          Beyond the type of investor, you want to attract, who exactly do you want on board?
-          Being clear on funding and financing and how involved your investors will be
-          Aligning what you seek in your investors with you overall strategy

Speakers

Jad Antoun

CEO

Huspy (AE)

Ovais Naqvi

Partner - EMEA

Rise Capital (AE)

15:50 – 16:10
11 October 2022 | 20 Minutes
Free
  • North Star
  • Track: North Star Rising
  • Zabeel Hall 6, Pitch stage

Experience Insight: The Art and Science of Meaningful Growth

-          Finding blue oceans: identifying and avoiding “obvious” paths; how to chart a new course
-          The “4M’s” of investability – market, management, model, & money.  How choosing the wrong market makes for a difficult (if not impossible) journey
-          So you have a problem to solve?  What EXACTLY is it?  Know what you’re getting into… proper due diligence that will stand-up to institutional investor’s rigor/ standards, and the awesome power of “authenticity” (deep industry knowledge & problem validation)

Speakers

Sky Kurtz

Co-Founder and CEO

Pure Harvest Smart Farms (AE)

16:00 - 17:00

16:10 – 17:00
11 October 2022 | 50 Minutes
Free
  • North Star
  • Track: North Star Rising
  • Zabeel Hall 6, Pitch stage

Community wellness: Cool, calm, collected

A guided and targeted breathwork practice to help calm the nerves and stimulate clear thinking. Ahead of a pitch or taking important decisions, leverage natural, free methods always accessible to you to put nervousness aside and put your best brain forward.

Speakers

Osman Zin Al Abdin

Breathwork Therapist (AE)

10:00 - 11:00

10:55 – 11:00
12 October 2022 | 5 Minutes
Paid
  • North Star
  • Track: North Star Rising
  • Zabeel Hall 6, Pitch stage

Welcome Remarks by MC

Speakers

Tom Urquhart

Presenter

Dubai Eye Business Breakfast (AE)

11:00 - 12:00

11:00 – 14:00
12 October 2022 | 180 Minutes
Free
  • North Star
  • Track: North Star Rising
  • Zabeel Hall 6, Pitch stage

AHOY Innovation Cup and Mentorship

Join us as we pull the winners of MOVE THE WORLD Innovation Cup Awards powered by the great minds at AHOY. Following the successful completion of the 20 Finalists pitching live in front of a group of regional and international expert jury panel, investors, innovators and entrepreneurs. The time has come to meet the winners! We invite you to join us at The Rising Stage and discover world-changing startups.

Speakers

Jamil Shinawi

Co-Founder, CEO & Chief Changemaker

United Arab Emirates

AHOY

14:00 - 15:00

14:00 – 14:20
12 October 2022 | 20 Minutes
Free
  • North Star
  • Track: North Star Rising
  • Zabeel Hall 7, 10X Stage

Workshop: Build and Scale: A High Performing Sales Engine

  • Learn how you can sell right and deliver delight early in your startup journey
  • How you can manage and scale your growth sustainably
  • Get tips and Tricks to crack all things: B2B Sales, Enterprise Sales, and Account Management

Speakers

Karthik Akula

Regional HeadRegional - Middle East

Freshworks (IN)

14:20 – 14:40
12 October 2022 | 20 Minutes
Free
  • North Star
  • Track: North Star Rising
  • Zabeel Hall 7, 10X Stage

Getting your Legal Setup in Line First Time

  • Legal Considerations for setting up right
  • Common challenges faced by startups/founders including:
    o   structuring
    o   raising capital
    o   co-founder and investor agreements
    o   and more

Speakers

Suraya Turk

Managing Partner

Legal Circle (AE)

14:40 – 15:00
12 October 2022 | 20 Minutes
Paid
  • North Star
  • Track: North Star Rising
  • Zabeel Hall 6, Pitch stage
  • 10x

Insight & Experience: Spreading Inspiration and Innovation – the Ripple Effect of Successful Ventures

·       Build a business, birth a sector
·       Sink or swim – when you swim, you swim far and wide
·       Better than an MBA, the school of doing
  ·       Inspiring and enabling leaders, defining new sectors, creating prosperity
·       Stories from those who have flown the nest

Speakers

Ayman Alashkar​

Founder & CEO

Overwrite.ai

Jaideep Dhanoa

Founder & CEO

former Grab (Kuwait)

Suzanne Kianpour

Senior Journalist & Presenter

United States of America

BBC’s ‘Out of the Shadows’

15:00 - 16:00

15:00 – 15:20
12 October 2022 | 20 Minutes
Free
  • North Star
  • Track: North Star Rising
  • Zabeel Hall 6, Rising Stage

Finding your Feet After Acceleration

Speakers

Saeed Alnofeli

Director

In5 (AE)

15:20 – 15:50
12 October 2022 | 30 Minutes
Free
  • North Star
  • Track: North Star Rising
  • Zabeel Hall 6, Pitch stage

In Conversation: Exits and IPOs – the Ultimate Guide to Planning and Navigating

-          When the time comes… how do you know?
-          Going public: SPAC, direct listing, IPO… Considerations and why & when go for IPO?
-          Governance, forecasts and valuation accuracy– why they matter now more than ever
-          What’s next for you as a founder?
-          Examples and experiences on the table

Speakers

Rabih Khouri

Chief Exit Officer

United Arab Emirates

MEVP (AE)

Iyinoluwa Aboyeji

Co-Founder & GP at Future Africa, Co-founder

Flutterwave & Andela (NI)

Karl W. Feilder

Founder

Neutral Fuels

15:50 – 16:10
12 October 2022 | 20 Minutes
Free
  • North Star
  • Track: North Star Rising
  • Zabeel Hall 6, Pitch stage

How Big Corporates add New Ventures to Add Innovation Through Collaboration

-          How young startups can gain access to this kind of help
-          Driving its global sustainability strategy, PepsiCo Positive (pep+)
-          Strategic end-to-end transformation framework to drive action

Speakers

Yasmin Fansa

Sustainability Lead, Middle East & North Africa

PepsiCo

Charlotte Mason

Venture Partner, Antler & Startup Bootcamp Director

INSEAD (UK)

16:00 - 17:00

16:10 – 16:30
12 October 2022 | 20 Minutes
Free
  • North Star
  • Track: North Star Rising
  • Zabeel Hall 7, 10X Stage

Fireside Chat: Scaling Up - Demystifying the Growth Process in Technology Businesses

What are the opportunities and challenges in scaling up and how can you successfully tackle them?

Speakers

Bijan Azad

Associate Professor, Suliman S. Olayan School of Business & Director, Darwazah Center for Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship

American University of Beirut (*LB)

Nasser Saleh

Executive Chairman and Founder

MadfooatCom (JO)

Maher Loubieh

Co-Founder

Hala (KSA)

16:30 – 16:50
12 October 2022 | 20 Minutes
Paid
  • North Star
  • Track: North Star Rising
  • Zabeel Hall 6, Pitch stage

End of day 3 Rising conference

10:00 - 11:00

10:55 – 11:00
13 October 2022 | 5 Minutes
Free
  • North Star
  • Track: North Star Rising
  • Zabeel Hall 7, 10X Stage

Welcome Remarks by MC

Speakers

Tom Urquhart

Presenter

Dubai Eye Business Breakfast (AE)

11:00 - 12:00

11:00 – 11:20
13 October 2022 | 20 Minutes
Free
  • North Star
  • Track: North Star Rising
  • Zabeel Hall 7, 10X Stage

Go-To Market Strategy

  • What are you selling? (BtoB software solution, BtoC, FINTECH, E-Health..)
  • Who are you selling it to? (SME, Large Entreprise, End users, OEM, Telco..Gov)
  • How will you reach your target market? (Direct selling, Var, VAD …Web)
  • Where will you promote your product? (Trade shows, On the Web, social Networks…)

Speakers

Marcel Dridje

President Emeritus

France

Sophia Business Angels

11:20 – 11:40
13 October 2022 | 20 Minutes
Free
  • North Star
  • Track: North Star Rising
  • Zabeel Hall 7, 10X Stage

Oman's Position in the New Tech Scene of the World, the Bright Future

  • What are the main powers that are shaping the new tech scene of the world
  • Opportunities for Oman and GCC in the near future
  • Our experience and strategy as an Omani private VC in this new game

Speakers

Hossein Nazarboland

CEO

Pioneer Investors International

Oman

11:40 – 12:00
13 October 2022 | 20 Minutes
Free
  • North Star
  • Track: North Star Rising
  • Zabeel Hall 7, 10X Stage

Quickfire Chat: Why UAE investors are investing billions in Odisha?

  • Public policy
  • Investment opportunities for startups to set up in Orissa
  • Peer learning opportunities and success stories

Speakers

Smt Ranjana Chopra

Principal Secretary, MSME - Department, Govt. Of Odisha

India

Startup Odisha

Dr. Omkar Rai

Executive Chairman

India

Startup Odisha

Dr. Sanjukta Badhai

Evangelist

India

Startup Odisha

12:00 - 13:00

12:00 – 12:40
13 October 2022 | 40 Minutes
Free
  • North Star
  • Track: North Star Rising
  • Zabeel Hall 7, 10X Stage

The Impact of Technology on Corporate Innovation and the Public Sector

  • How startups can drive agile growth in corporates
  • How Technology can drive social change
  • Emerging technology driven product development
  • Cultivating a culture of entrepreneurship

Speakers

Marwa Aleskafi

Director of Program and Partnerships Development

Bahrain

Tamkeen

Musab Abdullah

Executive Director - Investment Development

Bahrain

Bahrain EDB

Yasin Aboudaoud

Chief Development Officer and MP

Bahrain

Brinc.io

Ahmed Al Sharaf

Associate Director for Business Development

Bahrain

Tamkeen

12:40 – 13:00
13 October 2022 | 20 Minutes
Free
  • North Star
  • Track: North Star Rising
  • Zabeel Hall 7, 10X Stage

SpaceTech Innovation from Japan – Cooperation with UAE and the Middle East

  • UAE-Japan Space Cooperations have been successful and Japanese space tech companies are taking important roles
  • Two Japanese Space tech startups will share their insights and talk about how they can work together with UAE and the Middle East

Speakers

Kohei Yoshioka

Chief Financial Officer

Japan

IDDK Co. Ltd

Ryota Takahashi

Chief Marketing Officer

Japan

WARPSPACE Inc

Chiharu Yamamura

Director for Research

Japan

Japan External Trade Organization - JETRO

Ghada Ashraf

Assistant Research Director

Japan

Japan External Trade Organization - JETRO

13:00 - 14:00

13:00 – 13:05
13 October 2022 | 5 Minutes
Free
  • North Star
  • Track: North Star Rising
  • Zabeel Hall 7, 10X Stage

The JICA Project NINJA Showcase

Speakers

Sachiko Hara

Ethiopia expert

Ethiopia

JICA - Japanese International Cooperation Agency

13:05 – 13:10
13 October 2022 | 5 Minutes
Free
  • North Star
  • Track: North Star Rising
  • Zabeel Hall 7, 10X Stage

Mission, Objectives of Project NINJA

  • Summarize Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya and Nigeria’s activities

Speakers

Naonobu Fuwa

Nigeria Expert

Japan

JICA - Japanese International Cooperation Agency

13:10 – 13:20
13 October 2022 | 10 Minutes
Free
  • North Star
  • Track: North Star Rising
  • Zabeel Hall 6, Rising Stage

Introducing Startup in Each Country, Participating at JICA program

Speakers

Luna Bawa

Founder and CEO

Nigeria

Every Farmer

13:20 – 13:30
13 October 2022 | 10 Minutes
Free
  • North Star
  • Track: North Star Rising
  • Zabeel Hall 7, 10X Stage

Ethiopia Startup Showcase

  • Every Farmer, Nigeria
  • Guzo Technologies, Ethiopia

Speakers

Daniel Getachew

Founder and CEO

Ethiopia

Guzo Technologies

13:30 – 14:00
13 October 2022 | 30 Minutes
Free
  • North Star
  • Track: North Star Rising
  • Zabeel Hall 7, 10X Stage

Panel - What is the Innovation that African Startups Bring?

  • Building bridges of innovation between ecosystems: The case of Japan and Africa
  • What the counterpart does/role *biographies
  • Local ecosystem overview *Ethiopia, Nigeria
  • Why partnerships with players such as JICA is essential
  • Areas where partnerships have been most effective
  • Areas where more support would be nåede

Speakers

Sachiko Hara

Ethiopia expert

Ethiopia

JICA - Japanese International Cooperation Agency

Tom Urquhart

Presenter

Dubai Eye Business Breakfast (AE)

Badassa, Bayissa Badada

State Minister

Ministry of Innovation and Technology of Ethiopia

Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi

Director General

National Information Technology Development Agency (NTIDA)

Naonobu Fuwa

Nigeria Expert

Japan

JICA - Japanese International Cooperation Agency

14:00 - 15:00

14:00 – 14:20
13 October 2022 | 20 Minutes
Free
  • North Star
  • Track: North Star Rising
  • Zabeel Hall 7, 10X Stage

Future of the Content Ecosystem - How Content Owners and Brands Should Think About Driving Impact with Customers

Speakers

Anuvrat Rao

CEO and Co-Founder

United Arab Emirates

1Bstories and Investment Advisor

14:20 – 14:40
13 October 2022 | 20 Minutes
Free
  • North Star
  • Track: North Star Rising
  • Zabeel Hall 7, 10X Stage

Why More Corporates Should Start Having a VC Arm?

Speakers

Dalia Ibrahim

Founder and CEO

Egypt

EdVentures

14:40 – 15:00
13 October 2022 | 20 Minutes
Free
  • North Star
  • Track: North Star Rising
  • Zabeel Hall 6, Rising Stage

Unicorn Story: Zero to a Billion: The Story of Open, From An Fintech Idea to a Billion Dollar Fintech Enterprise in 5 Years

Speakers

Deena Jacob

Co-Founder & CFO

India

Open Financial Technologies

15:00 - 16:00

15:00 – 16:00
13 October 2022 | 60 Minutes
Free
  • North Star
  • Track: North Star Rising
  • Zabeel Hall 7, 10X Stage

AHOY Winner’s announcement