The Governor of Monsha’at, Eng. Saleh Ibrahim Alrasheed, highlighted Monsha’at’s commitment in supporting current and aspiring entrepreneurs, in offering innovations that contribute to raising the level of services in various fields. Eng. Alrasheed added that Monsha’at’s strategic partnership of Arabnet Riyadh, aims to foster the cultural mindset, entrepreneurial spirit, and to encourage and appreciate distinguished and talented innovative entrepreneurs in the scientific, technical and intellectual production fields.
The Inspire Saudi track, sponsored by Monsha’at, focused on startups and investing in tech companies, featuring top global investors from Silicon Valley, the United Kingdom, Singapore, Hong Kong, France, Austria, Mexico, and around the MENA region.
The opening panel, included stellar speakers, Bader Alzahrani, CEO Cultural Fund, Ministry of Culture; Badr Bin Mohamed Al Rajhi, Managing Director, Rajhi Invest; Bader AlShathry, Vice President and Chief Digital Transformation Officer, Alturki Holding; Othman D. AlDahash, Vice President - Corporate Development, STC Group and moderated by Osama Ashri, Founder, Saudi Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Lab. The panel discussed the key drivers for achieving vision 2030 in the Kingdom from the perspective of entrepreneurship, innovation, and digitization.
Some key speakers also included Andrew Zalasin, General Partner at Valve VC based in the United States; and Carlos Watson, Founder of OZY Media, also based in the United States.
Also, DokkanAfkar closes 19 Million SAR funding round led by the Venturesouq BIAC and joined by existing investor Riyad TAQNIA Fund; the Saudi Venture Capital Company; and a number of local investors.
Another track that took place was the Finverse forum, sponsored by Saudi Fransi Bank, which tackled digital banking and fintech, with speakers including Rayan Fayez, CEO and MD of Saudi Fransi Bank; Sami Al-Rowaithey, Chief Digital Officer of SAMBA, Stephen Monaghan, EVP - Digital Banking at Riyad Bank, and Andreas Skopal, Group Chief Digital Officer at Gulf International Bank.
ArabNet Riyadh’s stage also welcomed the participants of two competitions: Startup Battle, sponsored by Riyad Bank and Ideathon. The Startup Battle Riyadh finalists are Mutamer, Dailymealz, qosoor, Ri7laty, Quizzito, Hospitalia, Oreyeon, Ghallah, Shgardi, Presentail.
The Ideathon finalists are Save Your Bag, InstaNap, AGZA, Sawaed Seha, CouriMe, 24/7, Smart Traffic Assistant, The Barber, Nizam Eltizam, Platform for teachers’ job postings. The winners of both competitions will be announced at the closing ceremony on December 11th.
Arabnet also hosted Ebtakr an annual award and exhibition organized by Monsha’at. A competition dedicated to Saudi Inventors that have registered IP, to honor them and expose them to investors and the ecosystem. Finalists pitched to high-profile judges for a total of SAR 300 000 of prizes along with incubation opportunities.
The event also hosted the 1st Flat6Labs Regional Demo Day, in which 16 startups from Flat6Labs portfolio from across the MENA poised to disrupt the startup tech scene in their industries, pitched to more than 150 investors and business leaders.
Ben Wang, Senior Vice President of Global Payment Partnership at China's top fintech payment solution provider, iPayLinks, announced the launch of the B2B wallet into the ME market.
The founder of Mirrorr, Nagib Sabbagh, a unique mass media tool that allocates monetary value in providing a figure-supported market plan for optimal ROI, based on a multi-metrics rate card to empower marketing intelligence and grow business based on hard data and real market insights, also announced their launch at Arabnet Riyadh.
A new addition to Arabnet Riyadh was the Masterclass which was a half day track consisting of workshops focused on educational sessions on angel and individual investing, from deal sourcing to post-investment value growth and exit, looking at strategies successful angels use to minimise and manage risk, maximise likely returns, and best help new companies reach their full potential.
Arabnet Riyadh also featured a number of dynamic initiatives to support entrepreneurs including The Academy, workshops on entrepreneurship, marketing and e-commerce; Pioneering Women, featuring talks and mentorship sessions by successful female executives.
Arabnet also hosted the entrepreneurs behind fast growing startups to share their stories at Sawalif Riyadiya, including the Founders of Noon Academy, Mrsool, UnitX, and Qoyod, all of which have raised funding rounds in the millions of dollars.
During the 2-day event, more than 500 1-on-1 meetings have been organized to take place between startups and investors at the Investor Lounge, sponsored by Startup Bahrain to help them get the investment and support they need to succeed.
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