Fintech-themed Arabian Business StartUp Academy this Wednesday

Fintech has the potential to become one of the most powerful tools available to support SMEs in the region
By Staff writer
Mon 25 Sep 2017 12:52 PM

The Arabian Business StartUp Academy, scheduled to be held on Wednesday September 27 at Mina Seyahi Resort in Dubai, will focus on fintech.

Under the right conditions, fintech (financial technology) has the potential to become one of the most powerful tools available to support SMEs in the region.

The very real possibilities include the enormous scope to improve access to funding for small businesses, upgrade customer experience, improve working capital, unlock global customer bases and facilitate growth through enhanced cross-border payment systems – among many other benefits.

In short, fintech represents a paradigm shift in the arena of small business finance.

So how does this affect your business? How does this affect your ability to handle sales and scale up and what challenges does fintech present to you? And, what does the FinTech sector want from start-ups and SMEs?

Learn about fintech from regional experts, ask questions and network at the StartUp Academy.

Topics and speakers include:

How we did it - fintech case study - Omar Chihane, CEO,

The start-up and SME banking experienceMahdi Kilani, head of business banking at ADIB

The move towards alternative lending models for start-ups and SMEs - Craig Moore, founder & CEO, Beehive

What does the introduction of The Token Fund mean for MENA? Vladimir Smerkis, co-founder and managing partner of The Token Fund, and Roger Hawa from Nomadic, Official MENA Distributor.

What does the blockchain revolution in banking mean for your business – and what does the FinTech industry want from start-ups and SMEs? Thompson Reuters & Haytham Elmaayergi, global head of transaction banking at ADIB

What are the true needs, interests and keys to success of our start-ups going into 2018? Neil Petch, chairman, Virtuzone

Mobile banking technology & social entrepreneurship – Now Money case study - Kat Budd, CEO, Now Money.

Q&A panel session with:

·         Vladimir Smerkis, co-founder and managing partner of The Token Fund

·         Roger Hawa from Nomadic, official MENA distributor for The Token Fund

·         Sam Corcoran, managing partner of fintech recruitment firm, Cander Group

·         Craig Moore, founder & CEO, Beehive

Attendance to the academy is free, however we do require pre-event registration.

To register visit -

Date: Wednesday September 27

Time: 8.30am Registration – 11.30am

Venue: Mina Seyahi Resort, Dubai Marina

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Last Updated: Mon 25 Sep 2017 01:39 PM GST

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