StartSmart 2016

StartSmart Saudi Conference

A program under MIT Enterprise Forum Global, StartSmart Saudi Conference aims to encourage, motivate, and provide direction for local entrepreneurs to come up with successful social and commercial ideas and projects. This is done through a number of workshops and rich programs that are directly related to technology and innovation. The Conference will help enrich the entrepreneurs’ practical experience and add to their know-how, thus helping them take their project to advanced stages.

16 January 2016

Dar Hussein Jameel, Jeddah


20 local and international experienced speakers, discussing the opportunities and challenges of entrepreneurship, technology, and digital innovation


Announcing the 6 winning team at the MITEF Startup Competition.

Saudi Valley

An open platform for visitors and contestant to present ideas and startups.


Time (PM)
Time (PM):5:00 - 5:10
Topic:Welcome Address
Time (PM):5:10-5:30
Topic:Trends: “2015 Ten Breakthrough Technologies”
Speaker:Kathleen Kennedy
President of the MIT Enterprise Forum
Time (PM):5:30-5:50
Topic:Local Entrepreneur Case Study: “The Story of NaviBees”
Speaker:Saleh Basalamah
CEO of NaviBees
Time (PM):5:50-6:10
Topic:Regional Entrepreneur Case Study: “How to Build the Fastest Growing Technology Company in the Middle East”
Speaker:Mudassir Sheikha
Co-founder and Managing Director at Careem
Time (PM):6:10 - 6:25
Topic:Toyota Session: Are You a Hybrid?
Speaker:Mohamed Archi Khan
Chief Marketing Officer, Toyota KSA
Time (PM):6:25 - 6:45
Topic:Panel: “Enabling Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Perspectives from Multiple Stakeholders”
Speaker:Moderator: Omar AlMadhi - Managing Director & Board Member of the Abdul Latif Jameel ; Mohamed Archi Khan - Chief Marketing Officer, Toyota KSA; Dr. Nabel Abdul Qadir Koshak - Vice President for Business & Innovation, Umm Al-Qura University (UQU); Tuba Terekli - CEO, Qotuf Al Riyadah Co; Dr. Amr Awadallah - Co-Founder and CEO, Cloud Era; Abdullah Alyousef - CEO & Co-Founder of Tam Development LLC;
Time (PM):6:45 - 7:05
Topic:Market View: “50 Smartest Companies”
Speaker:Antoinette Matthews
Executive Director of MIT Enterprise Forum
Time (PM):7:05 - 7:25
Topic:Panel: 3 of the Pitch Entrepreneurs
Speaker:Kathleen Kennedy
President of the MIT Enterprise Forum
Time (PM):7:25 - 7:40
Topic:Keynote: “Toward a New Saudi Economic Future”
Governor and Chairman of the Board of Directors, SAGIA
Time (PM):7:40-8:10
Topic:Announcing the winners at the MITEF Startup Competition
Speaker:Honoring Partners, Judges, and Guides
Time (PM):8:10-9:10
Topic:Saudi Valley Projects and Ideas

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