12:00 - 13:00

12:55 – 13:00
5 Minutes
Paid
  • North Star
  • Track: North Star 10x
  • Zabeel Hall 7

Welcome Remarks by MC

Speakers

Natasha D’Souza

United Arab Emirates

13:00 - 14:00

13:00 – 13:45
45 Minutes
Paid
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  • Track: North Star 10x
  • Zabeel Hall 7

Panel: People, Purpose, Profit

  • Gauging market size and opportunity
  • Balancing pro-bono and viability
  • The role of startups in the global movement toward purpose-led business
  • How are investors driving embedding ESG into startup DNA?

Speakers

Bina Khan

Co-Founder, Angel Investor + Strategic Advisor

Summit Venture Partners LLC

Stefano Gurciullo

Partner

Denmark

Redstone VC

Lola Fernandez Flores​

Co-Founder

Venturesouq

Yana Yasevich

Head of Platform

United States of America

Alter Global (US)

Wale Ayeni

Managing Partner

Helios Ventures Advisors

13:45 – 14:10
25 Minutes
Paid
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  • Track: North Star 10x
  • Zabeel Hall 7

Fireside chat: Growing Green - Impact Investing Under the Microscope

  • The interest in sustainable and ESG investment opportunities – scope and growth
  • What this means for startups and how to take advantage of the trend
  • Advice on seeking investment for ESG-oriented businesses

Speakers

Triska Hamid​

Editorial Director?

WAMDA?

Bill Liao​

General Partner

SOSV

Erich Sieber

Founder and General Partner

United Arab Emirates

PeakBridge

14:00 - 15:00

14:10 – 14:30
20 Minutes
Paid
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  • Track: North Star 10x
  • Zabeel Hall 7

Funding the Funds: Sector and Market Trends Impacting Fund Managers

Speakers

Sharif El-Badawi

CEO

United Arab Emirates

Dubai Future District Fund

Ertan Can

Managing Partner

Multiple Capital

Brian DeFee

Director

Top Tier Capital Partners, LLC

14:30 – 14:50
20 Minutes
Paid
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  • Track: North Star 10x
  • Zabeel Hall 7

Unicorn Founder Stories and Q&A

Inspiring quickfire talk from a Unicorn founder and opportunity for Q&A

Speakers

Dr. Doron Myersdorf

CEO & Co-Founder

StoreDot

14:50 – 15:30
40 Minutes
Paid
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  • Track: North Star 10x
  • Zabeel Hall 7

Panel: Investor Viewpoint – What’s on the Radar?

  • Industry trends - what are investors particularly keen on at the moment and why?
  • Investor landscape - red flags and pitfalls
  • Business models and structures that build investor confidence
  • How do Angels and VCs differ in what they look for?
  • How the investor, founder relationships have evolved?

Speakers

Rabih Khouri

Chief Exit Officer

United Arab Emirates

MEVP (AE)

Charlie Graham-Brown

Chief Investment Officer & Partner

Switzerland

Seedstars

Aly Madhavji

Managing Partner

Blockchain Founders Fund

Hisham Al Gurg

CEO

United Arab Emirates

The Private Office of Sheikh Saeed Bin Ahmed Al Maktoum

Marta Sousa Monteiro

EMEA Lead

AWS Startup Loft Accelerator

15:00 - 16:00

15:30 – 16:00
30 Minutes
Paid
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  • Track: North Star 10x
  • Zabeel Hall 7

Panel: Funding Winter? Availability and Levels from Seed to C Today

  • Is the pool of cash for startups drying up and why?
  • Pre-seed and seed challenges and how to get around them
  • Bootstrapping pros and cons
  • So you’re on your way: series B, series C buy in trends and downrounds
  • Are any verticals bucking the trend or more less impacted at least?

Speakers

Aby Sam Thomas

Editor in Chief

Entrepreneur Middle East (AE)

Ramez El-Serafy

CEO

Egypt

Flat6Labs

Ayman Alashkar​

Founder & CEO

Overwrite.ai

Medea Nocentini

Senior Partner and Chief Operating Officer

Global Ventures

13:00 - 14:00

13:15 – 13:20
5 Minutes
Paid
  • North Star
  • Track: North Star 10x
  • Zabeel Hall 7

Welcome Remarks by MC

Speakers

Natasha D’Souza

United Arab Emirates

13:20 – 13:45
25 Minutes
Paid
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  • Track: North Star 10x
  • Zabeel Hall 7

Investors Panel: How Growth Stage Investing is Disrupting the Venture Ecosystem?

  • With a striking doubling of growth and venture assets in the last year, where is this breed heading to?
  • How can geopolitical trends indirectly affect market movement
  • What sectors are next in store?

Speakers

Fares Ghandour

Partner

United Arab Emirates

Wamda

Fahad Alidi

CEO and MD

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Aramco Entrepreneurship Center (Wa'ed) (KSA)

Mahmoud Adi

Founding and GP

Shorooq Partners

G.V ravi shankar

Managing Director

sequoia capital (IN)

Benedetta Balducci

Head of Portfolio and Client Solutions EMEA

Hermes GPE

Amal Dokhan

General Partner

United Arab Emirates

500startup

13:45 – 14:40
55 Minutes
Paid
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  • Zabeel Hall 7

Panel: Growing Global - General Expansion Strategy Conversation

  • How to decide whether and when to expand to new markets?
  • Key considerations and strategies
  • Advantages, risk and reward
  • Is expansion the only/best way to grow?
  • Examples - Who did it best?

Speakers

Dan Westgarth

Chief Operating Officer

United Kingdom

Deel

Suhail Sameer

CEO

BharatPe

Felix Ohswald

Co-Founder & CEO

GoStudent GmbH (AT)

Harshit Shah

Chief Technology Officer

Spring Health (US)

14:00 - 15:00

14:40 – 15:00
20 Minutes
Paid
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  • Zabeel Hall 7

Unicorn Story and Q&A: Setting and Implementing a Sound Global Expansion Agenda

  • Global expansion objectives – how and where to begin?
  • Identifying priority markets, considering opportunity vs. challenges
  • Market penetration and the localisation imperative
  • Success story from Yanolja Cloud

Speakers

Jongyoon Kim

CEO

Korea, Republic Of

Yanolja

15:00 - 16:00

15:00 – 15:15
15 Minutes
Paid
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  • Track: North Star 10x
  • Zabeel Hall 7

Industry Insight Presentation: When is MENA Going to Have a Multisector Global Tech Giant?

  • What is that?
  • What are the challenges and opportunities?
  • Why current SaaS models aren’t becoming tech giants?
  • Are founders trying to innovate enough?
  • Do we have the environment to go towards a multi-sector tech giant?
  • What’s the payback for fostering such a global giant from MENA?

Speakers

Jamil Shinawi

Co-Founder, CEO & Chief Changemaker

United Arab Emirates

AHOY

15:15 – 15:55
40 Minutes
Paid
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  • Zabeel Hall 7

Panel: All About Ecosystems – the Future of Innovation and Expansion?

  • Applying the African proverb to entrepreneurship: “If you want to fast, go alone, if you want to go far, to together”
  • Partnerships for growth and expansion; are mergers/acquisitions inevitable?
  • Advantages of an ecosystem approach in a competitive landscape
  • Open innovation opportunities and considerations in ecosystem-based models
  • What about IP? And who owns the customer? What value do you play?
  • Ecosystem and team building - acquiring talent and skills you need to scale

Speakers

Bina Khan

Co-Founder, Angel Investor + Strategic Advisor

Summit Venture Partners LLC

Haider Ali Khan

CEO

United Arab Emirates

Bayut & Dubizzle (AE)

Avigail Levine

Head of Ecosystem

Samsung Next (IL)

Yaqoob Salem Al Zaabi

Head of Trends and Innovation, Knowledge & Impact Sector

United Arab Emirates

Abu Dhabi Early Childhood Authority

Mahankali Srinivas Rao

CEO

T-Hub Foundation (IN)

15:55 – 16:15
20 Minutes
Paid
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  • Zabeel Hall 7

Unicorn Founder Stories: Entrepreneurship and Innovation -From India to the world

  • What does it take to be an entrepreneur
  • India’s current entrepreneurial landscape - startup culture and breakthrough innovations
  • How India can and is creating an education solution for the world
  • Democratising learning through innovation?

Speakers

Divya Gokulnath

Co- Founder

BYJU’S

India

16:00 - 17:00

16:15 – 16:35
20 Minutes
Paid
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  • Zabeel Hall 7

Expert Insight Talk: Expanding your Business in Times of Geopolitical Uncertainty

  • Is your strategy aligned with the global context?
  • Essential considerations in considering new markets for expansions
  • Current risks and opportunities to analyse regionally and globally

Speakers

David Young

Managing Director

Oxford Analytica

17:00 - 18:00

17:00 – 17:30
30 Minutes
Paid
  • North Star
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  • Zabeel Hall 6
  • SPOTLIGHT AFRICA TECH

End of day 2 Rising conference

10:00 - 11:00

10:55 – 11:00
5 Minutes
Paid
  • North Star
  • Track: North Star 10x
  • Zabeel Hall 7

Welcome Remarks by MC

Speakers

Natasha D’Souza

United Arab Emirates

11:00 - 12:00

11:00 – 11:25
25 Minutes
Paid
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  • Zabeel Hall 7

Fireside Chat: Going Public – HOW?

Speakers

Yashish Dahiya

CEO and Co-Founder

India

PolicyBazaar

11:25 – 11:45
20 Minutes
Paid
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  • Zabeel Hall 7

Quickfire Founder Talk: Exit Story

  • When the time comes – how you know
  • Options, decision making and negotiations
  • My story and what I’m up to now

Speakers

Iyinoluwa Aboyeji

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

Flutterwave & Andela (NI)

11:45 – 12:05
20 Minutes
Paid
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  • Zabeel Hall 7

Innovation Insight: The Impact of Tokenisation on Emerging Assets

  • The latest in crypto markets
  • Evolution of liquidity in digital assets
  • Exciting protocol trends emerging
  • The perspective of end users and crypto ecosystems

Speakers

Chuan Jin (CJ) Fong

Business Development Director,

Asia - GSR

12:00 - 13:00

12:05 – 12:25
20 Minutes
Paid
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  • Zabeel Hall 7

From Startup to Scale-up: The Importance of Well-functioning Scale-up Ecosystems

  • A well-functioning ecosystem is critical to the creation and growth of companies from startup to scale-up
  • How do you support the creation of growth of scale-ups, looking at market access, capital and talent
  • Championing the growth of scale-ups and support across the ecosystem
  • The panel will explore best practices for championing internationalisation and inward market access
  • Building international networks to champion cross border collaboration that is both grass-root driven and semi-gov

Speakers

Omar Hassan

Managing Director

United Arab Emirates

Global Growth Hub

Russ Shaw

Founder

United Kingdom

Global Tech Advocates

Maurice Tanas

Global Partnerships

United Arab Emirates

Dubai Digital Chamber

12:25 – 13:00
35 Minutes
Paid
  • North Star
  • Track: North Star 10x
  • Zabeel Hall 7

CVC Panel: Bridging the Gap Between Startup and Corporate Innovation

  • A look at corporate innovation and CVCs in comparison with startups when it comes to innovation power
  • Bridging the gap - generating synergies between the startup landscape and corporate enterprises
  • How do you engineer innovation to keep it going and avoid resting on laurels?
  • Where and how to start? Opportunities to disrupt and how to grab them!

Speakers

Chris Lindener

Board Member in Residence Board Member in Residence

Mach49

Alex Garabedian

Investment Manager

Chalhoub Ventures

Kushal Shah

Head of CVC

e& Capital

Yasmin Fansa

Sustainability Lead, Middle East & North Africa

PepsiCo

13:00 - 14:00

13:00 – 13:20
20 Minutes
Paid
  • North Star
  • Track: North Star 10x
  • Zabeel Hall 7

Unicorn Founder Stories and Q&A: Fireside chat

Speakers

Bina Khan

Co-Founder, Angel Investor + Strategic Advisor

Summit Venture Partners LLC

Mohamad Ballout

Co-Founder & CEO 

Kitopi

13:20 – 13:40
20 Minutes
Paid
  • North Star
  • Track: North Star 10x
  • Zabeel Hall 7

Unicorn Founder Stories and Q&A

Inspiring quickfire talks from the founders of regional and international unicorns with opportunity for Q&A

Speakers

Zhong Xu

Co-founder & CEO

Deliverect (BE)

13:40 – 14:00
20 Minutes
Paid
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  • Zabeel Hall 7

Quickfire Innovation Talk: A Story of Passion

  • Having a vision and sticking with it – how to develop grit!
  • Mastering the rules of business, so you can break them!
  • Swimming against the current and blurring industry borders
  • Imagine it, build it, monetize it

Speakers

Ron Menzel

Co-Founder & Chief Strategy Officer

Dreamscape and Serial Sustainable Entrepreneur (CH)

14:00 - 15:00

14:00 – 14:20
20 Minutes
Paid
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  • Track: North Star 10x
  • Zabeel Hall 7

Insight Talk: The Value of Valuations

  • Overall downward valuation trends, regional differences and what they mean for your business
  • The value of valuations – recent cases of inflated valuations and consequences on the startup landscape
  • Pre-seed, how do you reduce subjectiveness and produce realistic, rational and reliable valuations
  • The value of the valuation is: Make or break in growth and success

Speakers

Mohamed Eid

Partner

United Arab Emirates

PwC Middle East

14:20 – 14:40
20 Minutes
Paid
  • North Star
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  • Zaabeel Hall 7
  • 10x

Unicorn Founder Stories and Q&A

Speakers

Arik Shtilman​

Co-Founder & CEO 

RAPYD

14:40 – 15:00
20 Minutes
Paid
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  • Track: North Star 10x
  • Zabeel Hall 7

Focus insight: The Globalisation of Chinese Technology Models – Lessons for Middle Eastern Entrepreneurs

  • Examining the evolutionary state of Chinese tech users compared with emerging markets and with the US – why this matters to the Middle East
  • Why Chinese pioneered or popularized mobile-first fintech, commerce, social and entertainment platforms are more tailored to emerging market entrepreneurs
  • Leveraging payments and logistics innovations to leapfrog technology adoption
  • Reviewing lessons learned and practical applications for emerging market startups

Speakers

Ben Harburg

Managing Partner

MSA Nova

15:00 - 16:00

15:00 – 15:20
20 Minutes
Paid
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  • Track: North Star 10x
  • Zabeel Hall 7

In Conversation with: Du

15:20 – 16:00
40 Minutes
Paid
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  • Zabeel Hall 7

Panel: What’s Next for Mobility?

Mobility tech sector is booming. We’ve seen a serious growth in mobility startups recently seeing smarter solutions to address impact challenges. An eclectic mix of hyper-growth scaleups, vehicle financing disruptors and ESG inventions have seen rising investments in the sector.

Speakers

Ladi Delano

Co-Founder and Co-CEO

Moove

Abhinav Gupta

CEO

United Arab Emirates

Cars24

10:00 - 11:00

10:55 – 11:00
5 Minutes
Paid
  • North Star
  • Track: North Star 10x
  • Zabeel Hall 7

Welcome Remarks by MC

Speakers

Natasha D’Souza

United Arab Emirates

11:00 - 12:00

11:00 – 11:20
20 Minutes
Paid
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  • Zabeel Hall 7

In Conversation with: Paul Misener, Amazon

Speakers

Paul Misener

VP Global Innovation Policy and Communications

Amazon

United States of America

11:20 – 11:40
20 Minutes
Paid
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  • Track: North Star 10x
  • Zabeel Hall 7

In Conversation with: Du

11:40 – 12:20
40 Minutes
Paid
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  • Zabeel Hall 7

Panel: Emerging Funds of the Decade see Growth in Billions

  • Volatile can be fastest growing
  • Strategies and tips to tailor your portfolio
  • Best performing markets and sectors
  • How to expose to limited risks?

12:00 - 13:00

12:20 – 13:00
40 Minutes
Paid
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  • Zabeel Hall 7

Unicorn, Soonicorn

Speakers

Ashish Wadhwani

Managing Partner

Singapore

IvyCap Ventures

13:00 - 14:00

13:00 – 17:00
240 Minutes
Paid
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  • Zabeel Hall 7

Supernova Competition Finals

14:00 - 15:00

14:30 – 14:50
20 Minutes
Paid
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  • Zabeel Hall 7

In Conversation with: David Cohen | Gambling on Pre-Seed Startups

  • Building a global community
  • Navigating the current funding climate from founder and startup POV
  • Markets and sectors to bet on
  • How does techastars pick next markets, what does building a unicorn mean?
  • Corporate relationships and case studies from corporate accelerators (what are corporates interested in right now, web3)

Speakers

David Cohen

Co-Founder and Chairman

Techstars