Under the Patronage of

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai

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Sami Abou Saab

Chief Executive Officer
Speed Accelerator

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.


Sessions of the speaker

24-MAR-2020

24-MAR-2020

15:30 – 17:00

- 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? 

15:30 – 15:35

Introduction

Speakers:
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Shaloo Garg
Managing Director, Silicon Valley, Southwest region
Microsoft

15:35 – 15:55

Keynote Address

Speakers:
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Marcus Dantus
Founder & CEO
Startup Mexico

15:55 – 16:55

Panel Discussion

Speakers:
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Marcus Dantus
Founder & CEO
Startup Mexico
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Ibrahim Seksek
Managing Director
Dubai Smart City Accelerator
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Sami Abou Saab
Chief Executive Officer
Speed Accelerator
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Paulo Andrez
Business Angel and President
Toys R Us Iberia
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Christina Andreassen
Managing Director
Womentum

16:55 – 17:00