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Startup Grind Dubai and Startup Grind Israel are proud to present a historic cross-chapter event that builds bridges between our chapters and opens opportunities for our community members. The opportunities for trade and joint ventures were central to our decision to host this event. Through the Startup Grind ecosystem, we are excited to foster the building of relationships between those on different coasts who are building the jobs of tomorrow.
Both our chapters have always held the view that business connections, such as those we create, can facilitate collaboration, cooperation, and regional co-creation for the jobs of the future. Though the new opportunities formed between Israel and the UAE, driven by leadership, the startup ecosystem can play a huge part in building this bridge. Will you join us?
Whether you're a fast-acting entrepreneur who likes to be the first to recognize opportunities or you're just curious about making connections with members of the startup communities in Israel or the UAE, then this is the event you can't miss.
This event will include a panel discussion with:
We look forward to sharing this historic event with you.
Bevy / Startup Grind
Co-Founder + CEO
JVP/Margalit Startup City
Founder & Chairman
Chairman of the board
Derek Andersen is the co-founder and CEO of Bevy, a SaaS product that helps companies build community in real life. Bevy powers event communities for Salesforce, Atlassian, Asana, Duolingo, and others. Derek co-founded Startup Grind, a community of over 600 Chapters in 120 countries designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. Since 2012 Startup Grind has hosted 7,000 events for more than 250,000 people. In 2010 he co-founded Commonred which was acquired by Income.com. Derek also previously worked at Electronic Arts on games like Burnout and The Sims 3. Derek lives in Palo Alto CA with his wife and four children.
Dr. Erel Margalit is one of the chief architects of Start-Up Nation, a founder of Jerusalem’s tech ecosystem, bringing innovation and entrepreneurial leadership to the country's most pressing economic and social challenges.
JVP is an internationally recognized venture capital fund. JVP’s winning strategy combines company creation with early and late stage investment. Under Erel’s leadership, JVP created more than 150 companies, facilitated 12 IPOs on NASDAQ, and orchestrated an additional 24 industry acquisitions to leading international companies. Erel has raised over $1.4B from the world’s leading investors, and JVP continues to be ranked by Preqin as one of the top performing funds in the world, with portfolio companies that drive global markets today.
The Margalit Start Up City (MSC) economic model, creates thematic regional ecosystems with cultural, technological, entrepreneurial, and educational components. MSC’s centers of excellence created tens of thousands of jobs domestically and internationally, in a wide variety of outstanding companies that define the global innovation economy. MSC’s centers of excellence also enhance human capital, empowering the next generation of entrepreneurs through a socio-economic non-profit called Margalit Startup City Community “Bakehila.”
For three decades, Erel has been a visionary leader, championing innovation as a tool for economic growth, an engine for social change, and a bridge that brings people together.
A serial entrepreneur, Al Madani is a well-recognised name across multiple fields including fashion, beauty, entertainment, and more recently, technology. Inspired to start her own business at the age of 15, Al Madani’s success as a young entrepreneur and businesswoman has propelled her into the spotlight as an inspiration to both Emirati and expat women. Al Madani is an accomplished speaker having participated in over 200 engagements, including frequent fireside talks at universities, colleges, and institutes.
Dr. Saeed is a futurist, thought leader, author and a public keynote speaker. He is a veteran of the UAE technology industry with over 30 years of experience in driving technology adoption in various public sector organizations. He has been into many positions: the founder and former Director General of the Emirates ID Authority, a former member of the scientific advisory committee of the UAE Space Agency, and a former Advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs on information technology. Currently, He is the director of the Center for Futures Studies at the University of Dubai, an adjunct lecturer of public policy science & technology track at the Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Government, the chairman of the board of Smartworld (a leading digital solutions provider in the UAE), President of the Digital Engineering Chapter at the UAE Society of Engineers. Recently, Dr. Saeed has been selected as a member of the Global Future Council on Virtual and Augmented Reality for the year 2020/2021 of the World Economic Forum. He is on advisory board of well-known startups including Virtual Rehab Inc and 01Gov, and also on advisory boards of several universities in the UAE.
He co-authored the book Digital Nation: How the UAE is building a future based on tech innovation. A first-of-its-kind book on the unique journey of the UAE to build a future based on harnessing disruptive technologies such as artificial intelligence and driving digital innovation. He has written several articles and reports that were published at Harvard Business Review Arabia and Dubai Policy Review Journal. Dr. Saeed’s main interest is in foresight and researching the impact of emerging technologies on business and society. He strives to drive futures thinking in leadership to influence shaping the future of governments and creating a better world for all.
Founder of Finteachable.com. Damu is a Dubai-based, American engineer with a focus on developing digital strategies, products, and services. Following a career in consulting within the emerging technologies and innovation domains, which span the United States and countries in the Middle East. Damu has expanded to training and authoring literature about Blockchain and its impact on businesses and society as a whole. In his book, I Don't Trust You, But Blockchain and Bitcoin Will Help, he explores the whys and hows of blockchain from a business perspective, cutting through the technical jargon, and making this emerging technology easy to understand for anyone who reads it. Having worked on software patents, and experiences in the financial services, healthcare, technology, and nuclear energy sectors, Damu is a seasoned professional with over 15 of years building emerging technology solutions.
Founder, CEO Crumbiz & Country Manager Startup Grind Israel - Father, business culture catalyst, Startup ecosystem builder & connector
Experienced Entrepreneur. Shahar has over 20 years of Global startup ecosystem experience. Shahar is the person responsible for putting Israel on the Global Startup Grind map. Today Startup Grind is the largest independent startup community, actively educating, inspiring, and connecting more than 3,500,000 entrepreneurs in over 600 chapters. SG nurture startup ecosystems in 125+ countries through events, media, and partnerships with organizations like Google for Startups.
Crumbiz came about as Shahar realized that networking, emails and forums were not always effective tools to build, manage and leverage Glogal Business Relationships; he has invented a professional platform to both build and leverage global business relationships; thus changing the way we work and live - more coming soon!
Skilled in strategy, management, investor relations. Globally connected professional with a can-do attitude.