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My Next Adventure! Managing Director for Techstars Dubai

Anyone who knows me will tell you I love a new challenge – fresh out of my role as CEO at the Entrepreneurs Organization, I’m joining Techstars as the managing director for the Techstars Dubai Accelerator in partnership with GINCO. Here are the reasons why I decided to uproot my life in Washington D.C. to move to Dubai for Techstars:

A Thirst for Learning

Being a serial entrepreneur myself, I have had my fair share of hits and misses. I’m learning from past experiences and constantly seeking knowledge in emerging industries, especially from budding entrepreneurs.

I want to master the art of investing; I want to learn how to identify top companies and top entrepreneurs. I’m confident that we will be able to build a portfolio of great companies that come through the Techstars Dubai Accelerator, but it’s not a task I can complete on my own. I acknowledge the need to the leverage the awesome collectiveness of my Techstars team, peers and mentors to succeed.

The world is rapidly changing before our eyes, fueled by unprecedented innovation and disruption across many sectors. Techstars will provide me the opportunity to broaden my horizons.

Dubai: The Center of Innovation

Techstars is excited to partner with GINCO because of their focus on driving innovation in the region to align with the UAE Centennial 2071 initiatives. GINCO is a full service general contracting firm, covering the full lifecycle of the construction process from concept to execution and supervision.

Dubai is known for their leadership in technology innovation, so GINCO is looking for pioneering entrepreneurs leading innovative companies that are solving challenges in transportation, construction, wellness, IoT, robotics, and beyond.

I am thrilled to be at the center of all this. I have lived intermittently in Dubai over the past 20 years and have family connections here. I have seen the unbelievable transformation from a small desert town to a global hub for trade, banking, tourism, aviation, ports and logistics, as well as the host to mega events like EXPO 2020.

#GiveFirst: Mentoring Entrepreneurs

Mentoring entrepreneurs is a self fulfilling prophecy. I have found that mentoring is a two-way street; the mentor and the mentee are both benefiting from the exchange. It keeps me real and true to my values.

Many managing directors and mentors will agree how satisfying it is to see founders learn and grow rapidly within the program and beyond. I get a kick out out it when I see the impact it has emotionally, psychologically and professionally.

I’m looking forward to living the Techstars #givefirst lifestyle everyday, and building and leading a group of ace mentors.

Techstars: It’s a Smart Move

I spent the past few weeks visiting the headquarters Techstars office in Boulder and programs in Paris and Berlin. I am so fortunate to have Ramzy Ismail, an experienced and a rock-solid Program Director, as my right hand man. I can’t do it without him.

Everyone I have met has been exceptional in welcoming me and supporting my Techstars journey. I want to make a special mention of thanks to Greg Rogers and Jenny Lawton, who tip the scale for me moving forward.

I am delighted and honored to be part of the Techstars family and launch the Techstars Dubai Accelerator in partnership with GINCO. Applications close October 15, so be sure to apply!








Techstars Dubai – Kickoff Webinar

Kickoff Webinar with Techstars Dubai

Techstars is excited to announce that launch Techstars Dubai Smart Cities in partnership with GINCO. Applications are open and recruiting has kicked off! Join us on August 22nd for an interactive webinar session to learn more about the program and what kind of companies we are looking for!  Speakers: Greg Rogers, Executive Director and Ramzy Ismail, Program Director 

Moderators:

  • Greg Rogers
  • Ramzy Ismail

Agenda

  • What is Techstars?
  • What is Techstars Dubai?
  • Why Dubai?
  • How it works
  • What we look for
  • Tips for applying
  • Key dates
  • Q&A







Techstars Expands Entrepreneurial Support in the Middle East with Dubai Accelerator

Today, Techstars announced a partnership with GINCO to bring an accelerator program to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. Applications for the Techstars Dubai Accelerator in partnership with GINCO will open in July 2017 and the program will kick off in January 2018.

Techstars is a Worldwide Network that helps entrepreneurs succeed. Since 2011, over 500 entrepreneurs have participated in Techstars Startup Weekend Dubai and the company is excited to expand its presence in the Middle East with our mentorship-driven accelerator program.

GINCO is a company of Engineers founded in 1975 by Mr. Gheyath Mohammad Gheyath. Operating out of five branches across the Middle East, the GINCO Group of Companies employs over 4000 staff representing 13 nationalities.

GINCO is a full service general contracting firm, covering the full lifecycle of the construction process from concept to execution and supervision. GINCO works with the best known brands in the Middle East, including Dubai Municipality, Emaar, Dubai Properties, WASL, and Nakheel, among others.

GINCO recently launched GINCO Investments focused on supporting and nurturing the local SME community and empowering entrepreneurs with global ambitions.

Dubai is known for their leadership in technology innovation, so GINCO is looking for pioneering entrepreneurs leading innovative companies that are solving challenges in transportation, construction, wellness, IoT, robotics, and beyond.

Techstars is excited to partner with GINCO because of their focus on driving innovation in the region to align with the UAE Centennial 2071 initiatives. Believing that innovation is the future of human investment, the UAE Leadership emphasizes its importance across all sectors through the UAE Centennial 2071: “Innovation, research, science and technology will form the pillars of a knowledge-based, highly productive and competitive economy, driven by entrepreneurs in a business friendly environment where public and private sectors form effective partnerships.”

Applications open in July for the Techstars Dubai Accelerator in partnership with GINCO. Sign up for the Techstars newsletter for updates about the program.