The 8th edition of Arabnet Riyadh took place on November 10 and 11, 2019, in strategic partnership with Monsha’at. The conference gathered over 6,000 attendees from different industries, 300 startups from across the region showcased the latest in innovation, and over 150 Venture Capital funds were on the lookout for investment opportunities.
Chrome Advisory’s Senior Advisors, Khalid Suleimani and Loulwa Bakr, took part in various panel discussions and competitions that took place at Arabnet Riyadh, contributing to shaping and advancing the entrepreneurial scene in Saudi Arabia.
Arabnet & Monsha’at eyeing potential in KSA
ArabNet Founder and CEO, Omar Christidis, launched the ceremony with his opening speech where he said “For years, Saudi Arabia has been the region’s largest economy, boasting consumers of the highest purchasing power and a young tech-savvy population; but recent developments make this an especially opportune time to move into the Saudi tech scene. If you’re looking for the emerging hub of digital innovation and entrepreneurship in the MENA region today, you’ll find it in Saudi Arabia.”
The Governor of Monsha’at, Eng. Saleh Ibrahim Alrasheed, highlighted Monsha’at’s commitment in supporting current and aspiring entrepreneurs, in offering innovations that contribute to raising the level of services in various fields. Eng. Alrasheed added that Monsha’at’s strategic partnership of Arabnet Riyadh, aims to foster the cultural mindset, entrepreneurial spirit, and to encourage and appreciate distinguished and talented innovative entrepreneurs in the scientific, technical and intellectual production fields.
The highlights for Chrome Advisory, from Arabnet Riyadh include:
- ‘Pioneering Women’, a panel discussion with innovative women entrepreneurs in Saudi Arabia, including: Loulwa Bakr, Senior Partner at Chrome Advisory; Adwa AlDakheel, Founder & CEO, Falak Business Hub; Amal Dokhan, CEO, Global Entrepreneurship Network Saudi; Wala’a Shaheen, CFO, Microsoft Saudi Arabia and Areej Al-Wabil, Executive Director, IP Enablement at the Audi Authority for Intellectual Property.
- Startup competition for innovation, hosted by Monsha’at, with Suleimani as a jury member.
- MOU signing ceremony, to support Badir Program startups, with Budget Saudi and BIAC Saudi.