We are very excited to let everyone know that YallaStartup has been selected to be part of the Global Redesign Initiative by the Young Global Leaders of the World Economic Forum. This means that as a initiative and a community we will have access to some amazing people who will help us in our mission.
This great honour was only made possible by the support of the great MENA entrepreneurial community and will help raise the awareness and importance of entrepreneurship in the MENA. We as individuals, entrepreneurs and leaders need to take this issue head on, not because it is just good, but because it is a critical component for our future prosperity and stability.
The journey is just starting but it looks pretty exciting so far so YallaStartup!
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About The Forum of Young Global Leaders
Established in 2004 by Professor Klaus Schwab, The Forum of Young Global Leaders is a unique, multistakeholder community of the world’s most extraordinary young leaders who dedicate a part of their time to jointly address global challenges and who are committed to devote part of their knowledge and energy to collectively work towards a better future. Together the Young Global Leaders work to discover innovative solutions to today’s most pressing problems through various initiatives and workstreams as well as catalysing the next generation of leaders.
About The World Economic Forum
The World Economic Forum is an independent international organization committed to improving the state of the world by engaging leaders in partnerships to shape global, regional and industry agendas.
Incorporated as a foundation in 1971, and based in Geneva, Switzerland, the World Economic Forum is impartial and not-for-profit; it is tied to no political, partisan or national interests. (www.weforum.org)
We will be hosting a series of open sessions with industry experts where you will have the chance to ask questions directly to them. The top 3 to 5 questions/topics will be answered in a blog post. We hope to repeat this enough times to get all your questions answered.
We’ll start our first “Ask the expert” series with a venture capitalist. We are fortunate to have Ziad Sultan from Longworth Venture partners join us to kick things off. join us to kick things off. You ask questions and we’ll pick the top 3-5 topics. Ziad will answer each of them in a blog post and on the Q&A site. Question collection will start today and will be open for one week.
Here is how you can ask your questions:
- Register on our Q&A platform if you haven’t do so already. It is important that you register so you can vote questions up or down
- Add your question to the “answer” section here. (Do not create a new question in the Q&A platform, instead add as an “answer”)
- Rate up or down other questions
- Share the Question link on Twitter and/or Facebook
We will close the questions down in exactly one week so be sure to have your questions in asap. Oh, and don’t be afraid to ask tough questions 🙂
Ziad focuses on investments in business applications and consumer media. His responsibilities span all aspects of Longworth’s investment process from deal sourcing and due diligence, to deal execution and ongoing support of portfolio companies.
Ziad joined Longworth from the Boston Consulting Group where he advised clients on a wide range of strategic and operational issues. Prior to BCG, Ziad worked as a consultant with Ernst & Young where he helped launch a new advisory practice focused on IT strategy and governance.
He earned his undergraduate and master’s degrees in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where his graduate studies focused on artificial intelligence and digital signal processing.
Along with dieting, exercising, etc, at least one of you wished for a Q&A site focused on MENA startups. Ok maybe not, but we know you’ve got questions, and we want to get them answered! Over the holidays we’ve been working hard to give you place to ask these questions. We are happy to announce answers.yallastartup.org, a site built using the same code as the popular site stackoverflow. We’ve also added our touch to allow Arabic text, Not only can you ask questions, but you can also vote on the best answers.
For example check this question on how and when to approach investors.
In addition, we’ve lined up an all star team of experts from around the world to answer your questions. So what are you waiting for! Goto answers.yallastartup.org and ask away. We hope that once you have the answers, you’ll get going.
[Photo credit: lusi]
We would like to first thank everyone who applied to the entrepreneurship course. We are very happy to have received a very positive response from more than 60 applicants. All applications and resumes were outstanding but we only had 6 free seats to offer. The free seats were offered by Potential, the company giving the course.
In our review process we gave priority to budding entrepreneurs, i.e ones who have just started their business. We also gave priority to those who didn’t have the chance to be exposed to entrepreneurship in their work or education. Our partner Potential also required the applicants to be present in the MENA region so we apologize to everyone who applied from overseas.
So here are the lucky six:
Tariq Al-Olaimy from Bahrain; Muhammad Basheer from Qatar; Abdallah Absi from Lebanon; Muneeb Hussain from Morocco; Beshr Kayali from Syria and Firas Steitiyeh from Jordan
This is only the first of many more programs to come and we hope we’ll be able to accommodate everyone throughout. In the meantime check how we spent our holidays 🙂
[photo by Ruth Flickr]