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Prashant K. Gulati, Amir Farha to speak at Arabian Business StartUp Academy

The final Arabian Business StartUp Academy of our 2016 series is aimed at helping start-up and SME leaders grow their businesses beyond local borders

Prashant K. Gulati, Amir Farha to speak at Arabian Business StartUp Academy

Arabian Business StartUp will host a free three-hour workshop for start-up and SME leaders on Tuesday, December 5, as part of its continued efforts to support the local entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Themed ‘Start-Up Lessons from Other Markets,’ the final Arabian Business StartUp Academy of our 2016 series will host two Dubai-based investors to advise entrepreneurs on how to take their businesses to the next level and venture into other regional and global markets.

When scaling up their
business and/or expanding into new markets, entrepreneurs turn to investors not
only for funding but also for help and guidance. They help entrepreneurs to
pose useful questions, identify important issues, and evaluate solutions.

The workshop will feature Prashant K. Gulati (PK), a technology innovator, angel investor, mentor, and idea accelerator, and Amir Farha, co-founder and managing partner at BECO Capital.

PK Gulati has served in numerous leadership capacities, including as trustee of the Global Board of TiE, past president of TiE Dubai, founder of SmartStart Fund, CEO of Optimistix Ventures, chairman of Gulfcom Group, chairman of Prokraft Group in India, and a board member for Indian Documentary Foundation, Dubai Enterprise Centre, and many more.

PK is actively involved in various developmental initiatives like The Assembly, Startup Weekend, Mobile Monday, Dubai Enterprise Centre, in5 Incubator, Dubai SME, and various angel investment groups.

Amir Farha is the managing partner and co-founder at BECO Capital, a venture capital firm that provides early stage growth capital and hands-on operational support for technology companies in the MENA region.

Farha started his career with a Swedish corporate VC firm based in London focusing on funding early stage technology companies. He then moved to Dubai with the Arab Business Angel Network.

He has co-founded and invested in a number of local businesses, including Toolman, a property maintenance business; Purple PR, a boutique PR company of which he successfully exited in 2012; and Tandem Partners, a start-up and small business advisory firm in which he helped over 80 companies plan and grow their businesses. Farha currently sits on the Board of two BECO Capital portfolio companies.

The fourth Arabian Business StartUp Academy is organised in partnership with the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, AJSM Investments, ADIB, and Creative Zone.

For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Natasha Pendleton, sales director at ITP Executive, at and Dima Mousseli, sales manager, Arabian Business StartUp, at

A limited number of seats are still available for the event. To reserve your place, please follow this link:  or contact Joanna Farrer, events and marketing manager, at