Everyone applies the same concept of the classic pitch deck. Following standards is boring. Death-by-PowerPoint is currenlty a wide spread disease. But pitching is people oriented and people need vibes. In this pitch session we will work on your vibe together. Literally together. It is a hands-on session.
Malte Prien, Founder of Conquer the Fog
Nov. 251:00 - 1:50
Fundamentals of Fundraising vs. Bootstrapping
Ulugbek Yuldashev, founder, AWOK
Wadih Haddad, founder, The Box
Moderated by: Elias Kawar, Managing Director of Corporate Finance and Investment, Eagle
Nov. 251:30 - 2:30
This negotiation simulation looks at strategies and techniques for negotiation. The exercise opens up a toolbox of proven techniques for gaining advantage in all forms of negotiations, whether with suppliers, customers, or colleagues. Participants will learn various negotiating positions, manage relationships and negotiating dynamics, and secure a fair deal that optimizes their interests.
Amal Saad, Managing Director, Wide Impact
Nov. 252:00 - 2:50
Building Your First Team & Culture
Ayman Fakoussa, co-founder, The Qode
Adam McEwan, founder, Platinum Heritage
Abhishek Shah, co-founder, RSA Global
Moderated by: Christophe Caïs, CEO, Customer Experience Group
Nov. 252:45 - 3:45
Build Your Online Presence
In the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), only 38 percent of youth believe their education gives them the skills they need to enter the workforce. By 2020, one in five jobs in the Arab world will require digital skills that aren’t widely available today. To address the growing skills gap in the region’s workforce, and to help ensure that opportunities created by technology are available to everyone, Maharat min Google was launched. This session part of the Maharat min Google program will teach you why digital presence is important for any business and the difference between what people and marketers do online!
Ahmed Hany, MENA Marketing Program Manager, Google
Nov. 253:00 - 3:50
Lessons in Customer Experience
Fireside Chat with Christophe Caïs, CEO, Customer Experience Group
Moderated by: Noor Shawwa, Managing Director, Endeavor UAE
Nov. 2610:30 - 11:15
The Mindful Entrepreneur
It can be difficult to stay connected and focused in a world of non-stop hustle. We get distracted everyday by meetings, emails, calls, or side-tasks, and all of a sudden the day is over! This session will introduce you to an alternative approach on designing your life away from distraction and control, shifting your focus towards presence and flow. If you are struggling to stay consistently focused on what matters most in your life and your business, this session is for you!
Naser Al Sughaiyer, Founder, The Human Lab
Nov. 2611:30 - 12:20
Scaling Non-Software Businesses
Dr. Sassan Dieter, founder, German Imaging Technologies
Roy Nouhra, founder, ASIS Boats
Tobias Bessone, co-founder, Wavetec
Tarek Bayaa, co-founder, Bayzat
Moderated by: Noor Shawwa, Managing Director, Endeavor UAE
Nov. 2611:30 - 12:30
How to be a Successful Entrepreneur
This workshop will educate you on the characteristics & traits of a successful entrepreneur, how to choose the right business idea, the steps needed to turn an idea into reality and Do’s & Dont's of starting a business.
Raed Daoudi, Manager In Capacity Building, Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development
Nov. 261:00 - 1:50
The Changing Landscape of the F&B Industry
Mohammad Al Zaben, co-founder, Lunch:ON
Roy Koyess, founder, Freakin’ Healthy
Ekta Bhojwani, Head of Growth, Kitopi
Moderated by: Samer Choucair, Director, CE Creates
Nov. 261:00 - 2:00
Explore the intricacies of internal and external team dynamics and how to manage them. Participants will be guided through how to structure teams to maximize effectiveness, resolve conflict, persuade others, and unleash their team’s full potential. Through personal assessment, participants will create a tailored plan to improve their leadership skills and leave better equipped to create a positive and supportive team culture within your organization.
Dr. Linzi J Kemp, Associate Professor, American University of Sharjah
Nov. 262:00 - 2:50
Best Practices for Entering the Saudi Market
Hassan Hamdan, founder, Unifonic
Mohamad Khachab, co-founder, BMB Group
Muhammed Mekki, co-founder, AstroLabs
Moderated by: Noor Shawwa, Managing Director, Endeavor UAE
Nov. 262:30 - 3:30
Master the art of storytelling, learn to paint strong visual imagery and understand how to get your audience behind your ideas, no matter how audacious or complex they seem.
Entrepreneurship And Innovation As A Drive Of Human Development And Economic Agendas"
Mouza al NasriExecutive Director for the Operations of Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development
Nov. 2512:50 - 1:20
Innovators Welcome: How Sharjah Is Attracting A New Generation Of Entrepreneurs In Tech And Media
Hussain al MahmoudiCEO, American University of Sharjah Enterprises, Sharjah Research & Development Technology and Innovation Park
Shihab AlhammadiDirector of the Sharjah Media City Free Zone Authority (Shams)
Dia Haykal, Editor in Chief, MIT Technology Review Arabia
Nov. 251:20 - 1:50
iTechpreneurship: Creating Chaos to Avoid Chaos
Kamran Elahian innovation catalyst, philanthropist, entrepreneur without borders and a global venture capitalist
Nov. 252:00 - 2:45
Redefining Education: A New Way To Learn
Svetlana VelikanovaCofounder and CEO, Harbour.Space
Anisa Al SharifCertified Hand in Hand instructor and Social Entrepreneur, Founder of Tanshia
Dina H. Sherif Executive Director, MIT Legatum Center for Development & Entrepreneurship
The World Bank's Ferid Belhaj has noted that by 2050, the MENA region will have to create 300 million new jobs just to ensure the employability of the youth entering the labor market. But if they aren’t equipped with the right skills and knowledge, the future can be a dreary affair, especially with the skills gap that is already talked about in the region currently—and turning this around will have to start with a reevaluation of the education and learning process. From strategies that governments need to put in place, to the role the private sector needs to play, this discussion is aimed at listing actionable steps that can be put in place today, to realize a better tomorrow.
Yasar Jarrar, Senior Advisor, Mohammed Bin Rashid Center for Innovations in Government
Nov. 253:00 - 3:30
Boundless Opportunities: Investing In The Middle East
Mishal KanooChairman, The Kanoo Group
As a futurist and strategist with a strong track record in forecasting economic developments in the region, Mishal Kanoo is coming to bust many myths and answer key questions around investing in or building a business in the region.
Nov. 253:30 - 4:15
Corporate Innovation: In-House Intrapreneurship Vs. Venture Client Model
Christian LindenerGlobal Head of Airbus Bizlabs
Bernhard SchambeckCEO of the BMW Startup Garage
Youssouf KamalSenior Strategy Associate, Sheraa
While the conversation on innovation in the Middle East has often been centered on the entrepreneurial sphere, there’s no question that well-established companies and corporates are also getting in on the action too. This panel will analyze two different approaches to corporate innovation: encouraging in-house intrapreneurship vs. devising a venture client model, pioneered by BMW with its BMW Startup Garage.
Asmae Lemniei, Advisor and Managing Director of Lean X Consulting
Nov. 254:15 - 6:30
100K Pitch Competition - 1st Round
Nov. 269:30 - 11:00
Peace First Demo Day
Nov. 2611:00 - 11:45
Is the Middle East Ready for Hardware Startups
Hadeel Ayoubfounder of BrightSign
Hind Hobeikafounder of InstaBeat
Bassel Idrissfounder of Generics
The MENA region's proactive approach to enabling entrepreneurial ecosystems has caused a surge in the startup activity over the last few years, however, more often than not, we can hear that high-tech hardware entrepreneurs struggle with a lack of funding, recruiting the right technical talent, designing and manufacturing their products, and much more. This panel gathers founders of some of the most promising hardware startups that have emerged from the MENA region to explore what needs to be done to support innovators that bring physical hardware products to market.
Saeed al Nofeli, Programs Manager, Sheraa
Nov. 2611:45 - 12:15
The Right Mix: Building Startup Ecosystems
Michael LintsPartner at Golden Gate Venture
Nagesh RaoStartup Ecosystem Architect
This freewheeling conversation on stage will look into the different ways startup ecosystems aroud the world are being built and nurtured, and the lessons that the UAE and the MENA region can use to build up their own.
Megan Mitchell, Director of Fellowships and Student Programs, MIT Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship
Nov. 261:15 - 1:45
Not Just A Good Thing To Do: Making The (Business) Case For Social Entrepreneurship
AkonGrammy Award winning artist and entrepreneur
Jon KarasPresident and cofounder of Akoin
Eric DawsonCEO of Peace First
Is it possible to run a good business while also doing good for the whole of humanity? Social entrepreneurs around the world have been arguing this case for a long time now, yet there still seems to be some pushback against this particular idea in the mainstream. This discussion will gather stakeholders from the social entrepreneurship space around the globe and seek to understand how they go about pitching their enterprises as sustainable businesses that gain the buy-in of not just those who benefit from its offerings, but from external players like investors, governments, and other such entities.
Sonia Weymuller, Founding Partner of VentureSouq
Nov. 262:15 - 3:00
More Than Just A Headline: Supporting Entrepreneurship In The MENA Region (For Real)
Taavi Roivasformer Prime Minister of Estonia
Areije Al ShakarDirector & Fund Manager, Al Waha Fund of Funds
Hattaf Ansarian early stage and growth investor, co-founder of Ampliphi Ventures
Travis HunterAssociate Director, MIT Sloan Global Programs
Given the number of people and entities coming out lately to purportedly support the MENA entrepreneurial ecosystem, there’s a growing concern from many within this space that these persons or initiatives may not be actually impacting the entrepreneurs and startups here in a positive manner. With this being the case, the question becomes: what actually makes for a good entrepreneurial support organization? And how do genuine stakeholders ensure that the ecosystem business doesn’t thrive more than the ecosystem itself? From insights on how entrepreneurs should go about choosing who to ally themselves with, to pointers on how they can keep themselves away from initiatives that are simply PR blitzes, this discussion will delve into what it means to really support the region’s burgeoning startup ecosystem.
Eman al Mahmoud, Strategy & Partnerships Manager, Sheraa
Nov. 263:00 - 3:45
Thinking Outside Of The Box: Supporting Sharjah's Creative Entrepreneurs
Majid al QasimiFounder of Finyal Media
Tarek el BolbolFounder of Booklava
Ihab al FikryCofounder of Almentor.net
In the MENA, several different cities have been focusing on setting themselves up as entrepreneurial hubs, and Sharjah is no different - however, the Emirate is distinguishing itself in its approach of being a hub for culture and creativity as well. After all, for all of the talk on tech entrepreneurship in the world today, there doesn't seem to be enough being discussed (or done) about the participants of the creative economy as well. This discussion will look into the ways these two realms could potentially interact and work together, while also noting why this particular sector should not be overlooked, especially when considering the history and heritage that Sharjah boasts of.
Every moment of our past has shaped us to be who we are today, even the challenging ones.
In this session, you will:
> Identify the significant moments in your past
> Understand how these moments have shaped your values systems
> Be aware of your decision-making patterns based on your past
> Learn to use your past experiences to make successful decisions to create the life you desire
Nov. 254:15 - 5:15
The Science of Dissolving Stress With Your Breath
Breathwork is the simplest tool for fast-paced entrepreneurs to rapidly reduce stress, manage emotions, and strengthen the immune system. It’s the biggest trend in Wellness in 2019.
Experience the power of your breath during this session. With your breath, you can:
> Feel emotional balance & control
> Relax instantly and dissolve stress
> Calm your nervous system
> Accelerate healing
Breathwork can help you find emotional balance in a stressful, competitive environment with ease so you can handle any challenge with unshakeable confidence.
This session will help you hit the “pause” button and learn how to deal with the feeling of being overwhelmed. It’s also a journey of healing unresolved wounds and connecting with your inner truths so you can uncover your highest purpose.
Nov. 255:15 - 5:45
Integrating & Reflecting: The Power of Being Seen and Heard
To close Day 1, Eni Selfo, the lead facilitator at Mindvalley, will guide you into the full integration of everything you lived in the first day of the Mindvalley stage.
A key component in personal transformation is to create a safe space where you can reflect and be witnessed in your journey as a leader and entrepreneur.
Drawing from core elements of community-building, Eni will welcome you into a shared moment of interconnectedness where we will assimilate together all the lessons from the first day and prepare for the second part of this journey.
Nov. 255:45 - 6:00
Closing with Mindvalley
Nov. 269:00 - 9:20
Ronan Diego & Eni Selfo
Nov. 269:30 - 11:00
4-Step Framework to Your Ideal Life
Our consciousness is a superpower that is within us. Learning how to use it effectively in the area of goal-setting will propel us towards making our desired life a reality in rapid speed.
In this session you will:
> Learn the 4-step framework to vividly create and design your ideal life
> Identify belief patterns that will help you towards achieving your life goals
> Use the power of your mind to actively visualise your ideal life
> Discover the higher purpose and intention behind your goals
> Develop specific strategies that are aligned with your goals and that can be worked on today
Nov. 2611:00 - 12:00
How to Breathe Your Way to Success
Whether you need to be more focused in your business, more present with your loved ones, or have more drive to pursue your goals, learning how to manage and boost your energy levels can go a long way.
During this session, you’ll experience how with your breath, you can:
> Access the flow state instantly
> Supercharge your energy levels
> Enhance your performance
> Strengthen your immune system to live longer
> Learn powerful, science-based breathing techniques for daily use.
Your breath can do so much more than just sustain life, it can, with the right techniques, RESHAPE YOUR LIFE.
Nov. 261:00 - 2:35
The Body Happiness Connection
The model of reality we are used to is that body, mind, and our state of being are separate systems and we work with them in an isolated manner.
But as it turns out, everything is interconnected. Your eating habits are closely connected to your ability to make decisions under pressure. Your exercise routine – or lack thereof – hugely influence your ability to remain centered in a demanding negotiation. And your nervous system recovery that is dictated by things like sleep and hydration determine the brain chemistry that your body releases on a daily basis and make you feel either happy or dissatisfied.
In this session, you will learn how the way you feel and show up every day can be held back by the state of your body and the most effective, science-based practices that can hack your body to be in the best shape of your life.