StartSmart 2020

StartSmart Conference and exhibition 2020

Under the patronage of Monshaat, Small and Medium Enterprises Authority of Saudi Arabia
We are thrilled to invite you to the StartSmart Conference and exhibition to explore the latest innovative Saudi and international startups, meet investors, and get insights on the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

StartSmart Conference is a one-day conference that inspires, connects, coaches, and informs entrepreneurs to succeed faster and smarter. It is a place where all entrepreneurs, angel investors, venture capitalist firms, students, business organizations and high leadership and executives from private and government sectors meet and engage.

Startup Investment Forum (SIF) is a three-day exhibition aimed at providing startups and small businesses around the globe the opportunity to expand their businesses to the Saudi market and meet investors. More than 60 international startups are coming from different parts of the world, such as United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Lebanon, Turkey, Poland and Greece among others; in addition to 27 innovative Saudi Startups from MITEF Saudi.

March 5-7, 2020

Bay X

Conference and Entertainment Center
King Abdullah Economic City


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


2019 Startup Investment Forum


Time (PM)
Time (PM):4:30
Topic:Opening speech
Speaker:Amal Dokhan
CEO, Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) Saudi
Time (PM):4:35
Topic:Arabia's greatest export
Speaker:Dr. Philip Auerswald Chief Academic Officer, Hult Prize Foundation
Time (PM):4:45
Topic:Local Success Story
Speaker:Mohammad Khalid
CEO, B8ek
Time (PM):4:55
Topic:State of funding across the Middle East -Spotlight on Saudi Arabia
Speaker:Philip Bahoshy
Founder & CEO, MAGNITT
Time (PM):5:05
Topic:Panel Discussion: Foreign Investment: A fuel for Entrepreneurial success
Speaker:Moderator: Dr. Mazin AlZaidi`Entrepreneurship & Innovation Segment Director Saudi General Investment Authority (SAGIA)
Panelists: Omar Barakat, Value Creation Lead, Beco Capital Walid Fazza, Partner & Chief Operating Officer, MSA Capital
Time (PM):5:25
Topic:Powering the DeepTech Startups of Tomorrow
Speaker: Dr. Tony Chan
President, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)
Time (PM):5:35
Topic:35 Million Opportunities: Saudi Arabia’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem
Speaker:Dr. Muhammad Roomi Professor of Entrepreneurship, Prince Mohammad bin Salman College
Time (PM):5:45
Topic:What matters to the next generation of entrepreneurs?
Speaker:Dr. Simon Hepworth Director of Enterprise, Imperial College London
Time (PM):5:55
Topic:Maghrib Prayer
Time (PM):6:20
Topic: Saudi Arabia's decade for Startups
Speaker:Jonathan Ortmans President, Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN)
Time (PM):6:35
Topic:Captains of Industry
Speaker:Dr. Kamal ToumiCo-Director, KACST & MIT
Time (PM):6:45
Topic:Panel Discussion: Saudi VCs and Startups: Creating future today
Speaker: Moderator: Dr. Nabeel Koshak
CEO, Saudi Venture Capital (SVC) Panelists: Ammar Waganah, Co-founder & CEO, Dokan Afkar Kais Al Essa, Founding Partner & CEO, Vision Ventures Faris Alrashid, Founder & Chairman, Oqal
Time (PM):7:10
Topic:Regional Success Story - MITEF PAN Arab Alumnii
Speaker: Ahmed Wad
Founder & CEO, MoneyFellows
Time (PM):7:20
Speaker: Ahmed Linjawy
CEO, King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC)
Time (PM):7:35
Speaker: Hassan Jameel
President, Community Jameel Saudi Arabia
Time (PM):7:45
Topic:Patron Speech
Speaker: Esam Al Thukair
Vice Governor, Monshaat
Time (PM):7:55
Topic:Honoring Partners, Judges and Speakers
Time (PM):8:15
Topic:Announcement of Winners

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