STEP 2017 Gears Up For MENA’s Largest Startup Showcase


Along with one of its main conference partners, Wamda, STEP 2017 is preparing for the largest Startup Basecamp in the region. STEP Conference, scheduled to take place on April 5-6, 2017, is positioned as the largest interactive gathering in the Middle East & North Africa (MENA) region with special spotlight on domains such as digital and startups.

Wamda and STEP 2017 are working together for the startup component of the event. Wamda is a grassroots community and knowledge platform for entrepreneurs and supporting stakeholders, and its main goal is to accelerate entrepreneurial ecosystems throughout the MENA region.

Startups can connect with Festival organizers to be part of the showcase. The deadline to participate is March 15, 2017. STEP 2017 would be attended by various investors and other players of startup ecosystem in the region.

In addition to Christopher Shcroeder and Fadi Ghandour, two of the most actively engaged movers and shakers of entrepreneurship in the region, who are confirmed to speak at STEP 2017, there are several other prominent entrepreneurs from MENA and beyond who are also taking the stage at STEP Conference this April.

Some of the speakers include the Managing Director of Payfort, the leading online payment service providers in the Arab World, Omar Soudodi is among the speakers; Ramzi Rizk, the Co-Founder & CTO of EyeEm, the Berlin-based photography startup that raised USD 18 million from VCs including Peter Thiel-backed Valar Ventures and Founder & CEO of Tamatem Games, Hassam Hammo, a 500 Startups company with offices in Jordan, and Mountain View, California.

The Co-Founder & CEO of BitOasis, Ola Doudin, a fintech startup building the infrastructure for new digital payment products is also speaking at the Forum.

Two 19-year-old founders & CEOs, Cazza’s Chris Kelsey and Saily’s Jihad Kawas, who are among the youngest entrepreneurs in the world and rising stars in the tech scene are also included in the speaker line up. Cazza develops next-generation automated construction technologies and materials. And Saily uses technology to help its users to sell their unused second hand goods to friends and neighbors.

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