Under the Patronage of
Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai
Sami Abou Saab is currently the CEO of Speed, a tech accelerator based out of the Beirut Digital District that empowers software startups to succeed and scale globally. He has been occupying this role since July 2015 and during his tenure, he officially launched Speed and recruited six batches with a total of 42 startups to accelerate. Part of his role, he has been mentoring startups in Lebanon and the MENA region and helped them grow in their early stages. Sami has more than 14 years of experience in technology, both in startups and big tech firms. Prior to Speed, he worked at Skype and Microsoft Corporation in the US, covering strategy, marketing, and channel modelling. In Silicon Valley, Sami started his own company, MobiLock, which was voted as the best startup in the Berkeley MBA program entrepreneurship class. Sami holds a Bachelor of Engineering from the American University of Beirut and an MBA from Berkeley-Haas and London Business School.
15:30 – 17:00
Startup Pillar Session 1 – Startup’s nurtured by Accelerators and Incubators
- What role do accelerators and incubators play in Start-Up, and how do they prepare them for the future?
- Lean Startup Approach: Emphasized heavily by Incubators and Accelerators.
- How Can Startups make the most out of Accelerators?