StartSmart 2017

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.

18 March 2017

Bay La Sun Hotel

7183 Juman St,
King Abdullah Economic City 23964
+966 12 510 6400


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


Announcing the 9 winning team, 3 from each tracks at the MITEF Startup Competition.

Saudi Valley

An open platform for visitors and contestant to present ideas, startups & social entrepreneurship.


Hala Fadel

Chair - MIT Enterprise Forum Pan-Arab region

Antoinette Matthews

VP, Communication & Licensing - MIT Tech Review

Ahmed Hamdan

CEO - Unifonic

Dr. Maher Hakim

Managing Director - Qatar Science Technology Park

Abdulaziz AlLoughani

Vice Chairman - Kuwait National Fund for SME Development

Sofana Dahlan

Vice Governer - SME Authority

Ali Mutairi

Director, Corporate Communication - King Khaled Foundation

Emad Khasgari

General Manager - Badir

Sultan AlSharani

Chief HR Officer - Zain KSA

Dr. Louay ElDada

CEO & Co-Founder - Quanergy

Farooq Al Jerasy

CEO - AlMusafer

Dr. Jamal Akkad

Co-Chief Advisor - Saudi Aramco Entrepreneurship

Ahmad AlDabbagh

Alliance & Channels Leader - Oracle

Osama AlMubarak

Director General - Kafalah Program

Rayan Zahid

Regional Sales Director - Microsoft Arabia

Faisal Omran

Treasurer & CIO - Saudi Investment Bank

Fahd Al Rasheed

Vice Governer - Prince Mohammed Bin Salman College


Time (PM)
Time (PM):4:30-4:40
Topic:Welcome Address
Time (PM):4:40-5:00
Topic:TR 10 Breakthrough Technologies
Speaker:Antoinette Matthews - Executive Director of MIT Enterprise Forum
Time (PM):5:00-5:15
Topic:Local Entrepreneur Case Study
Speaker:Ahmed Hamdan - CEO of Unifonic
Time (PM):5:15-5:35
Topic:Keynote: “How To Make The Best YOU”
Speaker:Dr. Maher Hakim - Managing Director, Qatar Science Technology Park
Time (PM):5:35-5:50
Topic:Regional Case Study
Speaker:AbdulAziz Loughani - Vice Chairman at Kuwait Nat’l Fund for SME Development and Prior Managing
Time (PM):5:50-6:10
Time (PM):6:10-6:30
Topic:Panel Discussion: Social Entrepreneurship
Speaker:Moderator:Hala Fadel, Chair MIT EF Pan Arab - Featuring panelists from King Khaled Foundation, Zain, & Al Muhaidib Foundation.
Time (PM):6:30-6:45
Topic:Local Entrepreneur Case Study
Speaker:Farouq Al Jerasy - CEO of AlMusafer
Time (PM):8:45-9:00
Topic:Saudi Valley Exhibition
Time (PM):9:00-10:00

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