The Entrepreneur Day 2016

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The Entrepreneur Day 2016

Date: Wednesday 16th and Thursday 17th November 2016

Location: Dubai Technology Entrepreneur Centre

Times: 9am – 5pm

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A tech startup event featuring top speakers and panelists from the entrepreneurial ecosystem along with DSO’s annual startup pitch competition offering cash prizes and free company setup in Dtec. The Entrepreneur Day attracts 500+ founders, investors, executives and media to an engaging and interactive event. The showcase area gives startups a space to exhibit and new for 2016 is the addition of a second day, featuring focused workshop sessions.

1st day – Wednesday 16th November: Conference

Keynote speaker Dr Tommy Weir, author of “Leadership Dubai Style”. Along with being a bestselling author, Dr Tommy Weir coaches CEO’s from around the world. He specializes in helping executives reach peak performance and his keynote session will show you how to become a great leader.
Along with the pitch competition where 8 shortlisted companies will pitch their ideas for the chance to win $10,000.
The conference will also feature a fireside chat with Nuno Goncalves Pedro and Joy Ajlouni on “How to Attract International Investors”. Nuno is a Partner at Delta Partners Group based in San Francisco, and co-founder and CEO at Strive Capital. Nuno specializes in early-stage to mid-stage/growth investments. Joy Ajlouni is Co Founder and Creative Director at Fetchr, the home grown delivery app that has successfully raised $11m in series A funding in June 2015.
Further panel sessions include “Startups vs Corporates: How Collaboration Can Speed Innovation” featuring panelists from IBM, Microsoft, SAP, Shortpoint and Wrappup, “Disrupting Travel”, featuring panelists from Hyperloop One, and the new Emirates Accellerator “Intelak” and our regular “Startup Success Stories” feature.
You can end day 1 with informal networking over a barbecue, ping pong, tournament and music.

2nd day – Thursday 17th November: Workshop

Join us on Thursday 17th November for the IBM “Bluemix and IoT” structured workshop. The cloud is everywhere nowadays, and it drastically changes the way information is stored and shared. Cloud computing forces developers, organizations to apply new business models, and teams have to re-invent the way they develop and deliver applications. Bluemix was created in order to help developers build and deploy their applications. If you plan to do that with extensive support for mobile and web applications, Bluemix provides all Watson services, Mobile services, Data & Analytics services, IoT services and more services you need to develop your next brilliant idea.
Internet of Things is radically changing the way businesses operate and people interact with the physical world. As virtually everything becomes connected—from cars to crops to conveyor belts—businesses can harness the resulting data to improve virtually every aspect of what they do.With Watson IoT you can apply real-time analytics to monitor current conditions and respond accordingly. Leverage cognitive analytics with both structured and unstructured data to understand situations, reason through options and learn as conditions change.Learn how to use these tools to develop your business through a one day, in-depth workshop led by IBM professionals. Further workshops to follow!

Showcasing Your Startup:

The Entrepreneur Day brings together 500+ attendees. Book a space at the event and showcase your startup.
What you’ll get:

  • Branded startup pod with power for two days
  • Two entry tickets to the event for both days
  • Exposure to 500+ industry professionals
  • Access to workshops and sessions (you’ll need to book a place on specific workshops)

Startup Pod Price:Aed 500 non-dtec member Aed 250 dtec member

Startup Pitch Competition:

Enter the startup pitch competition for the chance to win a grand prize of $10,000 and free business licence/ flexi desk setup in Dtec
Accepted categories:

  • Apps
  • IoT
  • ICT
  • Islamic Economy
  • Fintech
  • Traveltech
  • Health tech

For more information and to apply for the startup pitch competition, visit: Deadline for application is the 27th October 2016.

Become a Conference Sponsor:

Showcase your brand to 500+ technology startups and professionals in the largest technology entrepreneur centre in MENA. To find out more about our sponsorship packages please contact

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