Our Chapter Director Mo Salah and Valentina Primo of Startups Without Borders are hosting Marija Rucevska, the co-founder of TechChill, Sebastien Toupy ex-head of startups at The Next Web, and Giulia Motteran, 4YFN Global Engagement Manager at GSMA, to discuss the future of the events industry.
Over the years Marija has left an indelible handprint on the local and regional startup scene in Latvia and the Baltics. As a co-founder of Helve, a company that designs open innovation concepts for both the private and state sectors, she works with ambitious organizations committed to creating the future, instead of being disrupted by it. She is also the force of nature behind the Baltic startup and tech event TechChill and has been instrumental in driving the growth of the non-profit organization going by the same name. As Co-founder and Chair of the Board, she ensured that her passion as an evangelist for the Baltics as a startup-friendly location was translated into concrete policy. TechChill is now the leading platform in the Baltics for matching startup entrepreneurs, disruptors, investors, and others with an interest in the sector.
Giulia is a multidisciplinary nerd for all things tech with a complicated love story with ancient manuscripts. Passionate about bringing people together to enable new ideas and projects for a better and more interesting future. Currently building bridges between 4YFN (GSMA) and the top tech communities around the world (hubs, accelerators, institutions) through partnerships and collaborations and leading the 4YFN Impact Programme.
Sebastien is an entrepreneur, community builder & people-connector. He has a lot of passion for startups, technology, and social impact. I currently dedicate my time to designing and running programs & events that help startup founders to build successful, inclusive & sustainable ventures.
The Next Web
Head of Startups Relations
Chair of the board
4YFN Global Engagement Manager
Head of Conferences and Events
Claudia is Head of Conferences and Events at Step Conference. STEP Group is a leading digital and new media company in the Middle East with a house of modern news and entertainment brands. STEP Group’s platforms serve content and experiences to a dynamic and young Arab audience across its websites, digital video platforms, and events. STEP Conference is Dubai's largest and leading conference for tech and entrepreneurship with over 6000 participants a year.
Startups Without Startups
Mo is holding a BA in Business Technology and Diplomas in E-Business, Digital Marketing, and Entrepreneurship. Mohamed has 5+ years of experience in the Digital Industry in Jordan and Egypt in addition to 8+ years of involvement in the Entrepreneurship ecosystem across the MENA region with Startup Grind, TechStars, Seedstars, and many local and international entities.
He has been recognized as a speaker at several events including Startup Grind Pakistan, RiseUp Summit, Startups Without Borders Summit, Digital Arabia Network, and Adobe World Tour. Mo has also been featured on various media channels like; Bloomberg, BBC World, BBC Arabic, Al Jazeera, Sky News, MBC, AJ+, Al Ghad TV, Roya TV, ONTV, BBC Radio, National Newspaper, and Inc. Magazine.