Entrepreneurship Zone

QITCOM 2017 strongly promotes entrepreneurship, innovation and learning events to help Qatar generate and sustain a vibrant knowledge economy. Entrepreneurship zone is a launching pad for digital thought leaders and entrepreneurs to network, learn and share the latest digital innovations, experience & success stories. Entrepreneurship zone will include competitions and events for national, regional & global entrepreneurs including Innovation Theater, CodeCamp, Make The Deal and The Start-up Hub.

Enterpreneuship Zone Agenda

Time Day 1 – 6th of March
12:00 – 13:00 Innovation Theater & Make the Deal Competition
Pitch Training Session
13:00 – 15:00 Rehearsals and Mentorship
18:00 - onwards Innovation Theatre Competition
Startup showcase to Vip delegationlead by the Prime Minister of Qatar
Time Day 2 - 7th of March
9:00 Registration Opens
10:00 – 11:30 Innovation Theater Competition - Quarter Final Round
Innovation theater is the competition style business pitch that focuses on smart startups in the smart digital space.Pitch.Win.Succeed.
11:30 – 11:45
Microsoft’s Support to Start-Ups Across the Gulf
Speaker: Michael Mansoor - CIO, Microsoft
11:45 – 12:30
Understanding the Startup Ecosystem : From a successful entrepreneur to building policies for entrepreneurs
Speaker: Abdulaziz Al-Loughani - Vice Chairman of Kuwait National Fund
12:30 – 12:45 Innovation Theatre Competition
Announcement for Top 20 Semi finalist
12:45 - 13:15

Panel Discussion
Smart Digital Technology In Qatar
Digital technologies play an indispensable role in everyday life and are becoming increasingly smarter. The data that the startups collect is a raw material of the modern-day service society
Moderator: Dr. Jack Thoms – Head of Smart Data Forum at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence
Mohammed Al Muhanadi - CEO at social media solution
Ziyad Alsalloum – Founder, ZSS
Andrea Petti - VP Global Head of Intelligent Transport Systems at Ericsson and Dr.Munir Tag - Director-ICT, QNRF
13:15 – 14:15 Break/Networking Session
14:15- 14:45
Women Investor Landscape in the Middle east
Speaker: Elissa Freiha , Founder & Director - WOMENA
14:45- 15:15
Panel Discussion
Developing The Next Generation Of Successful Female Entrepreneur
Providing opportunities to breed a new generation of women entrepreneur by Identifying and encouraging the highly creative, resourceful and tech-savvy innovators.
Moderator:- Yasmine Hasan - Entrepreneurship Manager at Bedaya
Maria Benjumea - Founder Spain Startup
Elissa Freiha - Founder & Director at WOMENA
Shk. Athba Al Thani - Adviser to the chairman & CEO at QDVC
Muneera Al-Dosari - Co-founder at Magazaa
15:15 – 16:45 Innovation Theater Competition Semi Final Round Innovation theater is the Competition style business pitch that focuses on smart startups in the smart digital space.Pitch.Win.Succeed.
16:45 – 17:15
Panel Discussion
How to succeed as an entrepreneur in Qatar?
Networking can be the foundation to many fruitful business relationships. Force yourself to get out of your comfort zone and learn how to effectively network
Moderator: Duha Al Buhendi - Section Head at DIC
Khalid Muhannadi - Founder at LAGYY
Majed Al Lababidi - Co-founder & Managing Partner at Droobi
Nayef Ibrahim - Co-founder & CEO ibtechar
Abdullah Al Khenji - Co-founder & CTO, MEDDY
Mufeed Ahmed – Co-founder at Washnow
17:15 – 17:30 Innovation Theater Competition – Announcement for Top 10 finalist
18:00 – 20:30 CodeCamp Final
CodeCamp is a first-of-its-kind hackathon event in Qatar, aimed at supporting local talent and helping grow the digital
economy, as to compete internationally
Time Day 3 - 8th of March
8:00 Registration Opens
9:00 – 10:00 Innovation Committee Announcements
9:00 – 10:00 Partnership Announcements
10:30 – 12:00 Innovation Theater Competition Final Round
Innovation theater is the Competition style business pitch that focuses on smart startups in the smart digital space.Pitch.Win.Succeed.
12:00 – 12:30
Digital Market Place For Startups
The Digital Marketplace for startups helps provide a platform for investors to invest in startup at different stages of their development and easing procurement for startups with government and private thereby helping transform digital services
Speaker: Rashid Al Mansoori - CEO at QSE
12:30 - 13:00
Panel Discussion
The Good, Bad and Ugly in Startup investing
Technology startup Investment in the MENA region has crossed more than one billion USD since 2013. As connectivity, entrepreneurial activity and easy access to technologies are lowering the costs and barriers to starting a business, MENA region has become the epicenter for innovation, disruption and growth.
Moderator: Ahmed Abdulwahab - CEO at Nextarabia FZE
Christoss Mastoras - Founder & Managing Partner, Iliad Partners
Mohammed Amine - CEO at VUL9
Sharifa Al Barami - Managing Director at Oman fund
Rashid Al Mansoori - CEO at QSE
13:00 – 14:00 MOU Signing Event / Networking Session
DIC & Partners
14:00 – 14:45
Global Silicon Valley In The Middle East
Middle East startups are in a position to create massive, disruptive businesses on a timescale that was unimaginable in the early days of Silicon Valley.
Speaker: Michael Moe - Co-Founder & Partner at GSV Asset Management
14:45 – 16:15 Make The Deal - Investor Pitch
Make the Deal brings together high-impact technology startups and real local, regional and international investors, to make the deal !!!
16:15 - 17:15
Panel Discussion
Entrepreneurship Education In The 21st century
Developing the human capital by fueling innovation, employment generation and economic growth to build the societies of the future.
Moderator: Khalid Mohannadi - Capacity Building and Community Management Consultant at Social Media Solutions
Jonathan Reichental - CIO at Palo Alto
Jhuan Jose Guemes - Chairmen at IE
Rudolph Boughaba - Executive Director at HBKU
Emad Saif - Lecturer at QU
Maher Hakim - Managing Director at QSTP
17:15 - 19:00 Networking & Award Ceremony