GlassQube Startup Weekend FinTech Abu Dhabi
Thursday, December 8 - 10, 2016
Thursday, December 8 - 10, 2016
Event starts at 6:00 pm
Sky Tower, 35th Floor, Reem Island
United Arab Emirates
Come build your first Unicorn FinTech startup!
It is the newest incubator to open in Abu Dhabi and they offer a ton of awesome services. They offer networking opportunities, mentorship, business support services, continuing education, trade license support and even in-house PR & Communication. They are also this years' right-hand support for Startup Weekend Abu Dhabi that are making every second count during this years' competition!
What is Startup Weekend Fintech?
How does Startup Weekend work:
All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54-hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.
Thursday December 8th
Friday December 9th
Saturday December 10th
A published author of ‘Just Read It’, an entrepreneurial guide to self-development, Omar also serves as Managing Partner in his own Gentleman’s Salon enterprise. Since 2010 Omar has been invited to mentor students on entrepreneurship and leadership at several universities across Abu Dhabi and Dubai and has also worked with organisations such as AISEC, Khalifa Fund and Abu Dhabi Council for Economic Development.
He has also appeared as a keynote speaker and panellist at several events and conferences organized by many prestigious organizations including tedXyouthAlAin, 37th World Diamond Congress, Harvard Business Club, DP World and many more.
Omar has worked in both the public and private sector in prestigious organisations such as the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority, Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry, National Bank of Dubai and serving as commercial attaché at the British Embassy.
Associate Director, Capital Markets Intermediaries Financial Services Regulatory Authority at ADGM (Abu Dhabi Global Market)
Tarig El Sheikh
Finance Professional, Entrepreneur, Investor, Board Director, Molecular Biochemist
Coaches and Mentors
The Middle East's leading Renaissance Woman. Award-winning, bilingual Speaker, Writer, Coach, Vlogger.
After studying human behavior for over 13 years and spending almost nine months in isolation to find her purpose, the German social scientist (M.A.) and prospective Dr. phil. came to the conclusion that her mission is to eliminate wrong beliefs around self-marketing and “making it” in life. This insight encouraged Think Natalia to develop a new, unique training program, which combines the most successful elements out of performance coaching, personal branding and public relations. Besides this, the Edutainer enjoys spreading her message of hope and empowerment on public stages.
This is an agency for the companies - be them startups, SMEs or large companies - that find themselves in that inflection point where innovation in everything - from product development to operations and up to business strategy and communication - is key to their survival / growth.
The agency works with 12 companies from 3 continents and 6 different industries - ranging from e-commerce to IT and up to digital media and edtech.
Former Founder and CEO at UAE based startups from the travel, entertainment and oil industries. More than 4 years leading the expansion of Spanish SMEs into Sub-Saharan Africa, implementing new digital strategies and disrupting mobile services in partnership with top mobile network operators in the region. Former consultant at PwC Spain. MSc in Computer Engineering.
He started his career with Amazon Payments in the Globally renowned Transaction Risk Monitoring Service Unit protecting hundreds of small U.S based Amazon merchants from potential fraud attacks worth millions of dollars.
In an attempt to diversify his skills, he quit his comfortable position at Amazon & made the move to multicultural Dubai and was immediately deployed to take up the new payments department in Rocket Internet’s Namshi.com – Middle east’s biggest online fashion store. During his tenure at Namshi, he spearheaded the creation of SOP’s for payment monitoring, Chargeback process, managing dealings with Payment Gateway and over saw improvement in multiple micro projects.
After Joining PayFort, one of the first steps Maarid took was to completely revamp the way the Risk team operates introducing new SLA’s, KPI’s & SOP’s for various processes, reducing manual effort at each step. Now, managing over 1000 clients risk profiles & fraud prevention strategies, delivering training from startups to enterprises and initiating projects on a regular basis, Maarid likes to give himself leeway to explore exiting new opportunities.
Event Sponsors, and Partners
The GlassQube Startup Weekend FinTech Abu Dhabi team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
Learn how to become a sponsor here.
Startup Weekend Abu Dhabi is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here
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