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Arabian Business - Startup SME Academy

  • Rove Dubai Marina (map)

The Arabian Business StartUp SME Academy serves as a hub for conversation about the latest business opportunities, start-up disruptions, funding deals, legal and regulatory steps to follow, and much more.

From an entrepreneur with just an idea, to established SME leaders, government representatives and well-known investors, our quarterly breakfast workshop is a perfect place to get introduced to the region’s growing start-up community. Expect valuable insights and information from our speakers:

Registration & Networking at 8.30am

Introduction by Shane McGinley (Editorial Director of Arabian Business)

Part #1: Keynote Session

Q&A with Gheed El Makkaoui, GM of Careem (Talking about their journey from start-up to $3bn acquisition)

Panel: The UAE's Next Careem? Driving Growth for Start-ups

Panellists join Gheed to talk about Transport/Car-focused start-up market:

Omar Al Ashi, Founder & CEO, Urent

Gaurav Sharma, Founder, Open

Adam Whitnall,

Part #2: Never Too Young - Challenges and Opportunities of starting early

Zeeshan Imran, founder of

Hami Vlogs - Hameed Yousuf

Carl Allsopp, COO, Allsopp & Allsopp Real Estate

Aisha Sharaf, the founder of Pastryology

Tea / coffee break at 10.30am

Part #3: SMEs in the UAE - Taking it to the Next Level (from concept to going to market)

Q&A with Salah Makkouk, Incubators and Accelerators manager at Emirates, to talk about INTELAK [An initiative for start-ups with partners Emirates Group, GE & Dubai Tourism]

Panel: Salah will be joined by…

Samer Toukan, FundedByMe - talking about the financial issues and scaling challenges