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Messe Frankfurt Middle East invites you to their event

Opportunities in the UAE's startup ecosystem

About this event

UAE has firmly established itself as a global destination for startup’s and entrepreneurs looking to establish and rapidly scale their businesses.

A robust and effective institutional framework has been designed to support and accelerate the growth of those working across the UAE’s innovation ecosystem (including early/ growth stage startup’s, unicorns & big tech firms).

This approach has already led to multiple high-profile examples of ‘home-grown’ innovators successfully obtaining funding from blue-chip global investors and getting noticed on a world-stage (MENA unicorns include Careem & Souq.com).

The startup ecosystem related to mobility and logistics in the UAE (and beyond) is particularly active, covering everything from ridesharing and connected cars to ecommerce and last-mile fulfilment. Both sectors are ripe for agile inventive start-ups to develop data-driven solutions powered by IoT related technologies.

Key talking points that will be covered:

  • Startups and the role they play in driving national and regional economies
  • Reviewing the available institutional support for startups and entrepreneurs in the UAE
  • Reviewing opportunities in mobility & logistics – sectors ripe for (digital) disruption and new entrants
  • Strategies to accelerate new venture growth; moving from a startup to a unicorn

Hosted by

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    Faisal Al-Hammadi Acting Assistant Undersecretary for Entrepreneurship and SMEs @ Ministry of Economy

    Faisal Al-Hammadi is Acting Asst Undersecretary for Entrepreneurship and SMEs at Ministry of Economy. Prior to joining UAE’s government, Faisal gained extensive experience in the private sector where he worked for elite global organizations, including Boston Consulting Group & GE.

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    Roula Moussa CEO @ AI Venture Labs

    Roula is one of the Middle East’s most prominent figures in the fields of digital technology and innovation. She is CEO of AI Venture Labs, a unique accelerator led in partnership with Microsoft and UAE’s Area 2071, which aims to bring AI-based tech startups to market in record time

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    Masaood Al Masaood Chairman @ Emirates Angels Investor Association

    The Emirates Angles Investors Association was founded in March 2020 and is officially registered und

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    Jamil Shinawi Co-founder and Director @ AHOY

    AHOY is a Dubai-based last mile delivery startup that uses state-of-the-technology to optimise mobility operations for the transportation and logistics sectors.

Messe Frankfurt Middle East

Messe Frankfurt is the world’s largest trade fair, congress and event organiser with its own exhibition grounds with over 2,600 employees at 30 locations.

The Group’s Dubai-based subsidiary, Messe Frankfurt Middle East, currently organises 16 trade fairs & a series of conferences across the region.