By Tamara Pupic
A group of Silicon Valley experts will spend ten days in the MENA region to advise aspiring entrepreneurs
A ten-day roadshow aimed at connecting tech experts, mentors, and entrepreneurs from Silicon Valley with MENA-based start-ups is set to start in Amman, Jordan, on Sunday, 18 October.
The TechWadi Roadshow, organised by TechWadi, a non-government organisation that serves as a platform for collaboration between Silicon Valley and the MENA region, and powered by Google for Entrepreneurs, will consist of four, two day educational workshops in Amman, Cairo, Beirut, and Dubai.
The two partners developed the initiative in order to expand outreach to the MENA region.
Following a two-day workshop at the Zain Innovation Campus in Amman, the roadshow will continue on 22 October in Cairo, Egypt, on 24 and 25 October in Beirut, Lebanon, and on 27 and 28 October in Dubai, UAE.
In each city, local start-up founders will be mentored by seasoned professionals from companies such as Google, Yahoo, Facebook, as well as founders of various Silicon Valley-based start-ups.
Sharif ElBadawi, a Google employee and a current TechWadi Head Mentor, who will join the roadshow, said: “As an Egyptian American, I’ve spent plenty of time in the Middle East, but only started engaging with the tech ecosystem this year.
“The appetite and need for Silicon Valley connections, knowledge, and knowhow is enormous, and TechWadi is stepping in at the perfect time.”
The roadshow is set to take place just a few weeks after TechWadi’s Annual Forum in San Francisco, which was held at the Cowell Theatre (Fort Mason) in San Francisco, on September 26, 2015.
On 14 October, TechWadi is also taking part in an annual dinner organised by the Arab Bankers Association of North America (ABANA) to celebrate women in finance and investment.
Gathering prominent and successful female investors and heads of financial institutions in the Middle East and the US, this year’s event will welcome HE Sheikha Hanadi Nasser Bin Khaled Al Thani, founder and chairperson at Amwal, and Karen Peetz, president at BNY Mellon, as guest speakers.
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