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Expanding to Middle East: A Global Perspective

United Arab Emirates
Wednesday, September 30, 2020
04:00 PM to 05:00 PM

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It is no longer a secret that Dubai is at the center of the Middle East Tech ecosystem and offers unparalleled access to the region's growing markets. Ranked number 1 by AEMI, the UAE boasts all the properties a successful tech ecosystem should have for Startups to scale. Not one but two unicorns have emerged from the UAE in recent years and just the top ten Tech startups have collectively raised over USD 1B.

While there is no doubt, the UAE is carving itself as the next silicon valley of the east, where there is opportunity there are also some challenges. We have 4 entrepreneurs from Europe and NZ who have conquered these challenges and have landed and successfully scaled in Dubai.
This event is aimed at founders and startups who are eyeing the Middle East and would like to hear it from their peers the best approach to efficiently enter the UAE.

Fact Check: What due diligence was carried out before entering Dubai
What should be the action plan for any tech startup once they land in Dubai
How can a community or tech hub help
What sectors have the most growing opportunities in the region
Q & A

Practical TakeAways:
A unique opportunity to learn how global startups have entered the Middle East and found the best route to scale.

About Speakers:
Tom Crépin
General Manager MEA & APAC, Daxium Middle East
HQ in France
Passionate about modern management and growth hacking. Career kick off at Daxium as an intern and become Regional Manager after 2 years with not much corporate experience. Daxium is now in the scale up phase with offices in Paris, Nantes and Dubai. 2020 objective is to develop a new office in Singapore to strike the APAC market.

Adrian Azodi
Greneral Manager, Fresha
HQ in UK & Poland
Adrian has a background in high growth environments, managing rapid development, dynamic competition, and process scaling within commercial teams. General Manager at Fresha, founded Monsieur Fox, previously worked at Deliveroo and Exterran. Bachelors from Colby Sawyer College.

Marek Stawinski
Founder, NaviParking
HQ in Poland
A systems thinker, innovator, visionary leader and a serial entrepreneur with over 25 years of managerial experience in enterprise architecture for the telecom and banking industries. Leading the diverse international IT and Smart City-related projects, he supports open solutions and Open Innovation. The Founder of NaviParking enterprise and Ekinnolab software house specializing in Smart City applications. A “Zero Emission Ambassador” for Poland in the Intelligent Mobility for Energy Transition (IMET) initiative.

Soraya Beheshti
Managing Director, Crimson Education
HQ in New Zealand & Australia
Soraya Beheshti is the Regional Director of Crimson Education, one of the world’s largest educational consultancies and fastest growing ed-tech companies in the world. She graduated from Columbia University where she founded a non profit startup building blockchain-based financial tech for refugees. For this work, her team won the Columbia Innovation Award and matriculated into the first IBM Blockchain Accelerator. Her research experience spans three years working with refugee communities around the Middle East and Europe and conservation research in the Atlantic Rainforest in Brazil. At the heart of all she does is a passion for the role emerging technologies can play in solving major world issues.

Learn More About:
- Dubai Coworking and Company Licensing: https://astrolabs.com/dubai
- Riyadh Coworking and Company Licensing: https://astrolabs.com/riyadh-coworking-space
- AstroLabs Academy Open Courses: https://astrolabs.com/academy
- Corporate Capability Development: https://astrolabs.com/academy/corporate
- Expand your business to Saudi Arabia": https://astrolabs.com/company-register-saudi-arabia-sagia license Go back to the list


Hosted by

Majed S.
Loulou El K.
Zaen H.
Raunak D.


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