This quarter’s free-to-attend Arabian Business StartUp Academy event - which is based on the theme of 'success' - takes place tomorrow, Wednesday December 6, from 8.30am, at the Grosvenor House Hotel in Dubai Marina.
Register for your free entry today and three start-ups will be picked to receive free PR services for a month to kick-start their 2018 on a success curve.
Dubai-based Jensen Matthews PR is offering one month of free public relations and communications consultancy to three start-ups that attend tomorrow's event.
During this free month of services, Jensen Matthews package will include public relations and communications strategy for 2018, branding consultancy, social media consultancy, editorial calendar, crisis communications training and brand storytelling.
If you are in the first year of business operations, you just need to register and attend to qualify.
Arabian Business StartUp Academy event will see top investors and entrepreneurs sharing a wealth of advice on how to attract funding, expand your customer base and strategise for success.
Live interviews on stage and award-winning entrepreneurs will open the floor to audience questions, giving you the opportunity to get answers to your business concerns and prepare you for business in 2018.
8.30am: Registration, Coffee & Breakfast
9.00am: Welcome Introduction from Kay Marham, Editor, Arabian Business StartUp-SME
9.05am: How I Raised $125 million Dollars in Funding
Speaker: Maaz Sheikh, CEO of STARZ PLAY
Winner of the SME Leader of the Year Award, Maaz Sheikh talks about the importance of offering something new to the marketplace and how to strategise and position the business to attract funding. He will be telling attendees exactly how he attracted $125 million worth of funding in our live interview.
9.20am: Creating an Ecosystem of Support for Start-ups in the UAE
Speaker: Conor Molloy, Virtuzone
A start-up can’t exist in a vacuum, there needs to be an infrastructure in place to support their success. Company formation specialist, Conor Molloy looks at the wider support ecosystem that facilitates success for new companies.
9.35am: What Makes a Start-up Worth Funding?
Speaker: Dr. Jalal Saleh Al Hadhrami, Executive Chairman & Founder, Celebrity Global Holdings (CGH)
Oman-born VC Investor and entrepreneur, Dr Hadhrami as grown a global venture capital firm that has now turned its spotlight on funding home-grown start-ups in the UAE. Dr Hadhrami talks candidly about what kind of start-ups are most likely to attract his funding. He will also be taking a limited number of audience questions.
9.50am: Expanding Your Reach: Entering the Saudi Market
Speaker: Alper Celen, VC, Angel Investor & Entrepreneur
With a population of 32 million consumers and one of the most connected populations in the world, successful market entry into Saudi can be the key that unlocks accelerated business success in the region. But, this market is notoriously difficult to enter and Alper Celen provides invaluable insights into the right success strategies to employ.
10.05am: Planning for Financial Success
Speaker: Mahdi Kilani, Head of Business Banking, Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank
One of the most crucial financial relationships an SME has is with its bank. Arabian Business StartUp Academy Financial Education Partner, ADIB, take part in a live interview on stage about how the role of banking works with the financial management of the business.
10.20am: Reaching the Height of Success…then Doing it Again
Speaker: Ross Milton, Arabian Business StartUp Entrepreneur of the Year and Co-founder of BOUNCE
Ross Milton’s highly accomplished financial background saw him reach the status of Global CFO at the Mars Corporation and play a central role in the $23 billion Mars acquisition of the Wrigley company, during the height of the global financial crisis. He left the top echelons of corporate success to start his own business – BOUNCE.
This chain of indoor trampoline venues has since won multiple awards and culminated in Ross’s own award of Arabian Business StartUp Entrepreneur of the Year. This is his story.
10.35am: Panel Discussion
Panelists: Alper Celen, VC, Angel Investor & Entrepreneur; Dr. Jalal Saleh Al Hadhrami, Executive Chairman & Founder, Celebrity Global Holdings (CGH); Ross Milton, Co-Founder of BOUNCE & Arabian Business StartUp Entrepreneur of the Year.
The panel of business experts take questions from the audience about what it takes for their business to be successful.
11.00am: Closing remarks and invitation to network over lunch.
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