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Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success?

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 400 past events in 100 countries around the world in 2011.

The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 200 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.

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.

Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!

Why attend a Startup Weekend event?

Call us biased, but we think that there are dozens of reasons why you should come to a Startup Weekend! Since we know your time is valuable, we’ll only list the top eight:

Startup Weekends are all about learning through the act of creating. Don’t just listen to theory, build your own strategy and test it as you go.

Build your network:
This isn’t just a happy-hour. Startup Weekend attracts your community’s best makers and do-ers. By spending a weekend working to build scalable companies that solve real-world problems, you will build long-lasting relationships and possibly walk away with a job or even an investor.

Co-Founder Dating:
We all know it’s not just about the idea – it’s about the team. Startup Weekend is hands down the best way to find someone you can actually launch a startup with.

Learn a new skill:
Step outside of your comfort zone. With a whole weekend dedicated to letting your creative juices flow, Startup Weekends are perfect opportunities to work on a new platform, learn a new programming language, or just try something different.

Actually launch a business:
Over 36% of Startup Weekend startups are still going strong after 3 months. Roughly 80% of participants plan on continuing working with their team or startup after the weekend.

Get face time with thought leaders:
Local tech and startup leaders participate in Startup Weekends as coaches and judges. Get some one-on-one time with the movers and shakers in your community.

Save money & get stuff:
Startup Weekends typically cost between $75 and $150 (less for students). Your ticket covers seven meals, snack, access to exclusive resources from our sponsors, and of course, all the coffee you can drink.

Join a global community:
Join over 45,000 Startup Weekend alumni, all on a mission to change the world.


The winners will receive valuable prizes, donated by our Sponsors, that will give the startups the boost they need to succeeded! The prizes will include high tech devices, financial and marketing mentorship packages, a social media campaign, hosting services and web development tools!


The Idea Factory in Alserkal Avenue is an innovative platform for crowd-sourcing & product development. It’s main objective is to direct experimenting and build a healthy ecosystem in the creative environment.


 EVENT VENUE: Meydan IMAX Theatre

Meydan Racecourse, DRC Building, Meydan Road
Nad Al Sheba, P.O. Box 121597, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Toll Free: 800 IMAX (800 4629) |+971 4 381 3760



May 10
  • Registration and Reception
  • Keynote Speaker – Ravi Bhusari - Co-founder,
  • Pitching Ideas
  • Team start forming and discussions start
  • Open dinner
  • Working on Ideas


May 11
  • Breakfast
  • Working on Ideas
  • Startup Majlis - Anas Bukhash, Ahdaaf Sports Club
  • Working on Idea
  • Lunch
  • Working on Idea
  • Startup Majlis – Kamal Hassan, Innovation 360
  • Working on Idea
  • Startup Majlis – Aisha Saeed Harib,
  • Working on Idea
  • Dinner
  • Working on Idea


May 12
  • Breakfast
  • Working on Idea
  • Startup Majlis - Meerah Ketait - Fouder MindTalk
  • Working on ideas
  • Lunch
  • Start preparing for presentations
  • Speech - Mohammed Saeed Harib – Creator of Feerj
  • Final pitches (judging and awards)
  • Awards ceremony
  • Dinner

Anas Bukhash

Mechanical Engineering

Anas Bukhash is a graduate of Mechanical Engineering from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. He has enjoyed an array of careers of over 8 years that included the oil & gas, properties development, philanthropy and sports sectors. In 2009 along with his partners, Anas launched Ahdaaf Sports Club, which was a first of its kind sporting facility in the UAE, providing sports lovers indoor air-conditioned top-of-the-line astroturf and multi-surface fields. Since 2009, Ahdaaf has expanded its portfolio of fields from 2 to 18 fields and are looking to further expand throughout the UAE and the GCC. Anas also enjoys photography and has launched his official website in 2011. Today, Anas is also the COO of the UAE Pro League focusing on bringing the UAE Professional Football League to new heights.

Ravi Bhusari


Ravi & Derv co-founded Duplays – a sports & social club in the UAE in 2007. The goal of Duplays is to facilitate PLAY amongst a city’s residents by providing a central online platform,, that allows people to search for organized sport, sign up, and play! DUPLAYS has doubled in size each year since its founding and now has over 20,000 members across Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Sharjah. Ravi holds an MBA from the University of Toronto.

Ravi gave up waiting as a single man in the ‘Couples Only’ line at Dubai’s clubs to play sports 4 nights a week. He enjoys all sports where lack of skill can be made for by pure hustle (i.e. not golf). Ravi is half-Canadian, half-Indian and plays neither ice hockey nor cricket well.

Aisha Saeed Harib

Its time to move ahead. I believe every person on earth is gifted and has something to share or pass on. God created us for a reason, and part of his reason is to give back to society in exchange for all that we have taken and learned.
I believe that my life and who I am today has been shaped by the loss of my mother. It is no coincidence that I love saving things and rescuing them. I believe in second chances, whether those chances are offered to objects or to people. I love collecting historic classic cars, renovating them and giving them another chance to live. I believe everything exists for a reason and has its own story to share.
I found that the easiest way to direct my passion and happiness is through charity work by helping others and showing them the love I have towards them.
I started brainstorming, to figure out my weaknesses and abilities. Once I had a clear vision about myself and identified my direction. I started searching for problems in society and settled on medical issues. I assessed the public's medical knowledge and found that they possess poor knowledge about medicine and health. So, I decided to raise awareness and dedicated my time to participating in medical help linked with charity and awareness services. This is where I can gain society's trust and develop my future projects. I now seek to form a trusting relationship with society in order to proceed.
I have established an online webpage for the purpose of educating the public and raising medical awareness, where individuals will be engaged to support my charity cause.

Mohammed Saeed Harib

Mohammed Saeed Harib was born in Dubai and studied arts and animation at North Eastern University in Boston. In 2005 he created the pioneering 3-D animated series, Freej. Both Mohammed and the show have gone on to receive numerous awards. Through a partnership with Cartoon Network, it became the first Arabic show to go international. In 2009, he directed Freej Folklore, the largest Arabic theatrical production in the region, and launched Freej: The Book of Riddles. In 2011 Mohammed launched EMAL using a 360-degree dome projection system, and this year he was selected as one of the directors on the animated adaptation of The Prophet by Khalil Gibran. Mohammed also was the first ever khaleeji jury member at the Tribeca Film Festival which took place recently.

Meerah Ketait

Fouder MindTalk

A project that started in Startup Weekend Dubai with 3 girls and formed a team of 5 .The idea revolves around a virtual platform ( that live streams events and conferences and acts as a medium between the online and the offline users with integration of all social networks.MindTalk combines web based tool with a physical facilitator to allow interaction.We aim to get the networking closer without the limit of boundaries of time,place or location.

Gold Sponsors

Dr Rouhia Noomene

Professor of Venture Capital Finance

Dr. Rouhia Noomene is a professor in University of Dubai. She has a degree in Industrial Engineering, a European PhD from Polytechnical University of Catalunya (Barcelona-Spain) at Business Administration, an MBA, a Master of Science and a Higher Specialization diplome in Marketing (Paris-France). She is a mentor and a consultant in the Emirates Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship since 2010, mentor in many european start ups events. She won a European Doctoral Prize for the best start up Idea in 2008.
Dr. Rouhia was a business Consultant from 2005 till 2008, she was in charge of the planning and strategy for some companies in Europe in general and in particular in Spain and in the Middle East area. She supervised manys of undergraduate and postgraduate students throughout their field projects

Nima Adelkhani

VP of Business Development at Keen Systems

Nima Adelkhani, also knows as Chief Deal Maker is currently the VP of Business Development at Keen Systems, a SaaS e-commerce platform for the Print Industry. In his prior role he was Head of Business Development of the Founder Institute, a seed stage technology accelerator with operations in over 22 cities, which had launched close to 500 companies world wide. Furthermore, he was community manager, the worlds largest community of Startup CEOs and Founders. He advises several startups, is a mentor to university students and is also founder of Pitme,(Progress In Technology Middle East), with the goal of helping Middle Eastern entrepreneurs build their dream companies. He has traveled to over 50 countries and is fluent in 4 languages.

Feroz Sanaulla

A proven leader and a self-motivated, multi-disciplinary, execution driven management executive.
As the founder of the Middle East, Turkey and Africa office of Intel Capital, Feroz ran a team whose objectives were to expand, align and accelerate the frontiers of technology via strategic relationships with companies in the context of driving significant positive financial returns for Intel.
Educated in the US and with work experiences from US, Asia and Europe, Feroz brings a unique global perspective in building businesses. Feroz has been involved in entrepreneurial start-ups in social networking, enterprise software, consumer internet and mobility companies. He has also serves on several boards as an advisor. He has dealt with complex strategy, financial, M&A and P&L challenges as a passionate, driven and governance oriented player.
In Intel, Feroz has held positions in marketing, professional services project management, intellectual property development and mergers & acquisitions before joining the principal investment management team at Intel Capital. Before joining Intel in 1997, Feroz spent six years as an entrepreneur and co-founded Santech Worldwide Inc., a trading company in Washington D.C. and also had a short stint at a US defense contractor- Aeroquip/Eaton Corp.
Feroz holds an electrical engineering degree from The University of Maryland (honors) and an MBA from the Ross School of Business at The University of Michigan. Feroz is based in Dubai and provides a bridge for relationships that span the global markets. He is a member of the Abu Dhabi Chapter of YPO (Young Presidents Organization, and belongs to numerous technical and leadership honor societies.
Feroz is on the board of The Change Initiative- a company with a comprehensive range of sustainable living solutions covering energy conservation, waste management, organic food and lifestyle solutions. He is an advisor to N2V a regional tech investor as well as a mentor to many regional entrepreneurs.
His regional investments include- Sphere Networks (UAE), Vertex Animation Studios (UAE), Conservus International (UAE), Berytech Technology Pole (Lebanon), Pulse Technologies (UAE), Jeeran (Jordan), ShooFeeTV (Jordan), Neustring (UAE), Nymgo (Lebanon), Nokta (Turkey) and Grupanya (Turkey).

Najla Al-Midfa

Najla Al-Midfa is a senior manager of Entrepreneurship Development at the Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development in Abu Dhabi. Prior to joining Khalifa Fund, Najla was a senior associate at McKinsey and Company's New York office, where she worked on a range of strategy-related projects, primarily serving clients across the financial institutions sector. An Emirati national, Najla holds an MBA from Stanford University, is an Aspen Institute Fellow, and a member of the Board of Directors of United Arab Bank.


Marcel Dumont

CTO Keygames Network BV, Co-Founder, Co-Founder AdsML   |   LinkedIn

Marcel Dumont is currently the CTO of Keygames Network, a casual gaming company in the Netherlands, where he manages a large number of nearshore and offshore development teams creating next generation of MMO Games
He is also Commercial Online Services Advisor of the Digital Media Unit of Gulf News, Dubai.

Active within the internet industry since 1998, he has created a number of high-traffic classifieds, social and gaming websites for publishers like: News International, Boston Globe, Al Nisr Publications, Evening Standard, Loot and Archant. In May 2002 he co-founded, the largest social networking site for classmates in the Netherlands and in 2005 he was a founder of the AdsML consortium.
In 2007 he sold Schoolbank (along with its parent company Rosetta) to Ilse Media, the largest online publisher in the Netherlands and in 2009 he left Ilse Media and Schoolbank to start a consultancy focusing on high traffic websites.

Novel Tjahyadi

Co-founder and Managing Director of Gulfware International   |  

Co-founder and Managing Director of Gulfware International, an enterprise mobility solution company based in Dubai. His brainchildren include Textello, an interactive audience response system via SMS and Twitter. With 15+ years of cross-disciplinary professional experiences within Oil & Gas and IT industries, he has lived and worked in 8 different countries in the Middle East, Asia, Europe and Australia. Family, racket sports, music, networking and coaching young people are some of his passions.

Nader Sabry

Consultant   |  

Nader Sabry is a strategist advising, governments and multi-nationals on a wide range of strategic issues helping shape their future growth plans. He has successfully secured venture capital starting-up his own firms, helped create and build several high-growth companies. Sabry, has also, advised governments on their national strategies and policies, economic development and reform programs. He is the former head of innovation and thought-leadership at A.T. Kearney, director of strategy for the Dubai Foreign Investment Office and Chief strategist for the Dubai Economic Development Department

Amal AlMutawa

A catalyst, third culture child and a social butterfly   |   LinkedIn

Amal comes from technology background where she started working as a Network & Security Engineer to managing IT related Projects. Then she moved into the communication field where she was heading the eCommunication Department in the Government Communication Office. Currently, she is working for the Government Innovation Department.
On a personal note, Amal lived in many different communities attended many different schools. She has friends across the globe which as a whole she considers home. She loves meeting new people and enjoys the company of intellectuals. Amal's passions include educating the youth and helping those in need of guidance.
She believes that positivity & smart work is what will keep our society growing in the future.

Tarek Amin

Successful serial entrepreneur

Founded the first online recruitment and career development portal in the MENA region (later became in 1999, successfully selling the business and becoming a shareholder in Egyptian ICT powerhouse, LINKdotNET.
He then took the responsibility of establishing Connect Ads the first regional online media house. Tarek later joined alkarma edutainment a leading content development and media Production Company, became a partner and served as Managing Director of the company. While with alkarma he started, a design studio specialized in concept driven commercial animation.
Currently, Tarek is Group Head of Digital in Adline Media Network one of the biggest independent media-marketing networks with strong local operations in all major Arab markets.
Besides his experience in founding and managing traditional and digital media companies he is also the Executive Producer and Show runner of the first Arab youth drama series “Aljami3a – The University” and the first thriller drama series “Abwab El Khof – Doors of Fear” both acquired by MBC for regional airing.
With a passion in creating and nurturing a vibrant ecosystem for entrepreneurship, Tarek served as a mentor, advisor and speaker in numerous events and networks including, (Cairo/Dubai), and amongst others, and continues to mentor startups and founders from different parts of the world every day.

Mohammed Reda Zahrani

Director of Awsome at Innovation 360 Institute   |   LinkedIn

Information Technology (IT) Specialist with more than eight years experience in website design, software development and enterprise computer systems management. Prior to joining Innovation Machine, he managed Netflow, an IT and Internet solutions firm, in addition to working with a variety of organizations in the financial and retail industries.With a Masters in Networks & Information Systems engineering, along with expertise in Web 2.0 technologies and graphic design, Reda is a versatile and valuable member of the the Innovation Machine team. As Director of Awesome, he is in charge of the company’s online presence and corporate network, as well as providing assistance in the area of Innovation Technology Enablers for clients.

Michael Andersen

Founder and Managing Director of EuroTech ME And Founder of Book4me   |   LinkedIn

Osama Ghanim

Founder and CEO for the first dedicated regional Innovation Management company   |   LinkedIn

A Senior Innovation Strategy Consultant with accumulative experience of 23 years out of which 15 years in Senior Business positions with extensive involvement in Innovation, Strategy Consultation and Strategic planning Strategies. Originally achieved sound achievements in the Information Technology & the eBusiness fields.
Professional and passionate trainer since 1983 in various technology and management subjects yet selective to suite the time we live in. Always ahead of time to bring what the future hides to our market.
Developed the “Innovation Climate Model”, a universal new and brave attempt to gather all spectrum of Innovation of all types for any organization.
Author of the book “Building Innovation and Creativity atmosphere”.
Main participant in EBTIKARNA (The First Regional INNOVATION Index). EBTIKARNA is the official name for the first regional innovation index for both the private and the public sectors. Basically it measures the level of Innovation readiness, practices and accomplishments and brings the result through an index that reflects and measures the Innovation through scientific means. The index was developed over years of hard work of many experts in the field of Systematic Innovation and after looking at all similar experiences and initiatives internationally and after tailoring to suite the status of the regional organizations. Electronic Engineering from Kuwait University in 1985. MBA from Phoenix University in USA. Preparing Phd. In Innovation Management field.

Dr. Christiane Schloderer

Myidea-Campus: Your Idea to Business!   |   LinkedIn

Christiane has 10 years of experience in multinational corporations, in Europe and in the Middle East. She worked in corporate finance on large debt transactions and was member of a Middle East leadership team where she evaluated business cases. Currently, she is a turnaround manager, bringing projects back to profitability, improving processes and developing teamwork and communication. Christiane is also a co-founder at MindTalk, an Emirati led company started at Startup Weekend Dubai, October 2011, offering live events through the internet. Furthermore, with her company myidea-campus she offers support for entrepreneurs and SMEs with coaching, consulting and enabling programs. She has a diploma in business administration and a doctoral degree in creativity, innovation and change management.

Jon Karlsson

Design Strategist, Head of Operations at The Experience House   |   LinkedIn

The Entirety. The complete picture. From the moment an idea is born until it is realized and put into production. This is the journey that Jon loves to do, over and over again.
"I want to be involved in the Board room, talking with the client, helping them to formulate and concretize their vision and their goals and then including them on the journey that will transform their ideas into a finished product," says Jon. "Design and User Experience is present in all aspects of a project so it is important for me to me to be present where these discussions take place – be it with the steering group, designers, developers, testers, marketers or end user.”

During his years as Designer and Strategist Jon has helped clients in a variety of industries to create successful solutions for everything from mobile phones, international e-commerce sites, customized internal systems to interface for TVs.

Jon is often seen as a lecturer or key note speaker in seminars and various conferences. Recently, he has spoken at various locations on "Designing for mobility - how to succeed with your mobile applications”.

Yousef Hamza

Associate, Envestors

Yousef is an associate with Envestors and has advised over 1,000 entrepreneurs, assisting in legal, strategic and local aspects and as a key liaison within the firm. Envestors is a regional Business Angel Network which has advised and raised finance for 7 start-up/growth companies for just over $10 Million, with a further $6 Million offered to four additional companies in the last 6 months alone. They have also actively advised on larger M&A deals, including the raising of finance for projects totaling over $150M.

Yousef Hamza was educated in Kuwait and the U.A.E, followed by a law degree from the University of Cardiff in the U.K. Having interned with several multinational legal firms working on a portfolio of projects, he then worked for one of the top 3 local law firms with a 40 year history in Abu Dhabi, where he helped further develop Sukuk structures, assisted companies in gaining the Sheikh Khalifa Excellence Award and as part of a team within the firm gave strategic advice on weathering the current financial crisis from a business development and strategy angle.

Yasser Al-Jundi


Yasser Al-Jundi is currently the Manager of Google Technology User Group in Dubai (Dubai-GTUG) . Dubai GTUG was the first GTUG in the GCC region. He is also a senior Software Engineer at Technolous, a promising startup founded in 2011 in Dubai. He graduated in 2009 from the American University of Sharjah (AUS) with a Computer Science degree, where he was the Chair of the IEEE Student Branch at AUS. Google APIs, Java, Python and Android are some of his passion and interest.

Ahmed ElMeadawy

Ahmed is a digital communication specialist with 9 year’s experience of digital advertising in the Middle East and North America. He has enriched his professional career with a 360 digital journey from creative and project management to online media all the way to account management and consultancy. Ahmed has handled a wide range of key brands in the GCC region.
Ahmed is a co-founder of, an online bartering portal under development.

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