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Seedstars World is soon kicking off here in Bahrain and its featuring some prominent and awesome speakers, find out who they are

Seedstars is coming back to Bahrain again and guess what? It has a lot of exciting things planned out for you, mark December 14th off of your calendars, grab your friends, register for the event here, and come have a blast with us at Seedstar’s World event!

By now you’re probably familiar with Seedstars. It’s been creating a buzz this year with its pitching competitions around the world, starting from the MENA region, to Europe, Africa, South America and more. It had kicked off its GCC tour here in Bahrain, where Bahraini-based startup WNNA was crowned GCC’s Most Promising Startup, and it had recently ended its GCC tour in Kuwait last month with General Senses being crowned Kuwait’s Best Startup.

Seedstars World is a Switzerland based startup competition that’s held around the world. Around 65+ local competitions are held to identify the best seed-stage startups and provide them with pitch training and an opportunity to compete in the Seedstars Summit, where one startup will be crowned as Seedstar’s World Global Winner.  

This year’s Seedstars is organized by CH9, in partnership with the Bahrain Economic Development Board and the US Embassy in Bahrain. It’s going to be held at CH9’s headquarters, in Amwaj, from 11:30 AM until 6:30 PM. You can register for the event here.

Need a little bit convincing on why you should attend this event? There are some incredible local, regional and international speakers that are going to be present at the event. They’re going to be there throughout the entire day where you can get a chance to network, chit-chat with them, and who knows, you might benefit from their wastas.

If you’re wondering who are some of those notable speakers then read on:

  1. Alisée deTonnac – She’s the CEO and co-founder of Seedstars World. She previously he worked as product manager for luxury brands at L’Oréal Group and was part of the Italian team at Voyage Privé, a leading European startup. Alisée is also a board member of the School of Management of Freiburg, and she was nominated Social Entrepreneur Forbes 30 under 30 and Innovation Fellow of Wired UK.

  2. Simon Galpin – He’s the Managing Director at the Bahrain Economic Development Board. Simon has plenty of experience in both the private and public sectors having taken part in promoting Hong Kong’s evolving startup ecosystem. He was previously the Director – General of Investment Promotion at Invest Hong Kong, and a Board Director at AsiaWorld – Expo Management.

  3. Reine Farhat – She is a Senior Editor at Wamda, where she covers the entrepreneurship scene in the Middle East. She was previously a Content Lead at Nuwait, a storytelling platform based in Kuwait, launched by The National Fund for SME Development to highlight stories of small and medium enterprises in Kuwait. Rana was also a Production Coordinator and Copywrite at LivingSocial.
  4. Sinan Khatib – He’s an entrepreneur who has built several businesses in the U.S. and the Middle East and is currently based in Bahrain. He is the founder of Burrito Loco, Noodle Wok, and Sandwich Guys, with branches in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.
  5. Dr. Sana Farid – She’s the Co-founder of Munfarid Consulting, a leading AR/VR Education Consultancy Consortium based in Bahrain. Dr. Sana Farid is a pioneer AR/VR Strategist in MENA, where started her career as a startup and became successful entrepreneur within a short span of time. She’s also a qualified surgeon and a distinguished ambassador to women empowerment programs in the region.
  6. Walid El Saadany – He’s the Managing Director a Delivery Hero in Egypt, where he manages several online food delivery services including Otlob and FoodPanda. Walid was previously the Country/Commercial Manager of Otlob at KSA, the Business Development Manager at Yallabina.com, and an Account Manager of E-Commerce and Entertainment Products at Linkdotnet.

  7. Pakiza Abdulrahman – She’s the Manager, ICT at the Bahrain Economic Development Board where she’s responsible for connecting with startups in Bahrain and collaborating with the community stakeholders to establish Bahrain as a startup hub for the region. Pakiza previously worked at Zain, Bahrain as a Manager within the Corporate Sustainability and  Social Responsibility department where she was responsible for leading the CSR strategic programs for community development, youth empowerment, and environmental stewardship.  

Of course, there are more awesome speakers that are going to be at the event, which you can check out here. Hurry up and register for it, you don’t want to miss out on it.

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Bayan Al-A'abed