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.

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.


5:00 – 5:10 –

Welcome Address

5:50 – 6:10

Regional Entrepreneur Case Study: “How to Build the Fastest Growing Technology Company in the Middle East” Mudassir Sheikha Co-founder and Managing Director at Careem

6:45 – 7:05

Market View: “50 Smartest Companies” Antoinette Matthews Executive Director of MIT Enterprise Forum

7:25 – 7:40

Keynote: “Toward a New Saudi Economic Future” HE Eng. ABDULLATIF A. AL-OTHMAN Governor and Chairman of the Board of Directors, SAGIA

5:10 – 5:30

Trends: “2015 Ten Breakthrough Technologies” Kathleen Kennedy President of the MIT Enterprise Forum

6:10 – 6:25

Toyota Session: Are You a Hybrid? Mohamed Archi Khan Chief Marketing Officer, Toyota KSA

7:05 – 7:25

Panel: 3 of the Pitch Entrepreneurs Kathleen Kennedy President of the MIT Enterprise Forum

7:40 – 8:10

Announcing the winners at the MITEF Startup Competition Honoring Partners, Judges, and Guides

5:30 – 5:50

Local Entrepreneur Case Study: “The Story of NaviBees” Saleh Basalamah CEO of NaviBees

6:25 – 6:45

– Panel: “Enabling Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Perspectives from Multiple Stakeholders” 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

8:10 – 9:10

Saudi Valley Projects and Ideas

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