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UAE Chapter

The first World Entrepreneurship Forum Chapter in UAE 

Entrepreneurs: navigating change for sustainable growth - 8 & 9 December 2013 

Venue: Dubai World Trade Centre     




Dubai SME, the agency of the Department of Economic Development (DED) in Dubai mandated to develop the small and medium enterprise (SME) sector, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the World Entrepreneurship Forum to host the UAE chapter of the Forum to promote entrepreneurial idea exchange and networking in the region.
Established in 2008, the World Entrepreneurship Forum is an expanding community of entrepreneurs worldwide united to leverage the power of ideas to promote entrepreneurial spirit in all fields of society and find solutions to the economic and social challenges facing the world.
Dubai will be the first city in the Middle East to host a local chapter of the World Entrepreneurship Forum in December 2013 and Dubai SME will be responsible for co-ordinating the local chapter through co-shaping policy ideas with regional key stakeholders to influence change and advancing entrepreneurship as a core strategy for socio-economic development.
The Forum brings together key actors of the entrepreneurial ecosystem from a pool of entrepreneurs, social entrepreneurs, stakeholders, service providers, experts, academics, and politicians selected for their contribution and impact to society.
The local chapter of the World Entrepreneurship Forum aims at bringing together all stakeholders in any given country to contribute to the Forum’s mission: “Promote and Accelerate Entrepreneurship locally as a way to create wealth and social justice, to prepare the world of 2050.”
Building on Dubai’s position as a hub of innovation and entrepreneurship, Dubai SME and the World Entrepreneurship Forum will work towards putting together a well-rounded local chapter that will advance the Forum’s mission and help entrepreneurship in the Middle East and North Africa move to the next level.
The World Entrepreneurship Forum (www.world-entrepreneurship-forum.com) was founded in 2008 by EMLYON Business School (France) and KPMG France along with the ACE (Action Community for Entrepreneurship) and NTU (Nanyang Technological University) in Singapore, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Lyon and Lyon City (France) and Zhejiang University (China).
The programmes and activities of the World Entrepreneurship Forum focus on four key pillars: Creating innovative and high-growth companies for job creation; developing entrepreneurship at the bottom of the pyramid to alleviate poverty and create new markets; shaping entrepreneurial cities; and implementing entrepreneurial education.




Entrepreneurs : navigating change for sustainable growth 

The Forum is targeting stakeholders from throughout the entrepreneurship ecosystem in the MENA region to share ideas and best practices and develop new solutions to ensure collaboration in building sustainable entrepreneurial ecosystems in the countries of MENA.

The forum will ensure active networking among participants, so that they take back new perspectives and practical solution that will have an impact that can be shared with the other participants in the coming years. 




Entrepreneurs and stakeholders from all over the MENA region, thought leaders, researchers and aspiring entrepreneurs will converge, meet, discuss, debate, share ideas, connect and network this December.
The Forum will bring some of the best entrepreneurs and stakeholders names to Dubai under the following Topics: 
  • Defining the Ecosystem: Who are the players and how to strengthen the inter- relationships?
  • Fostering and Enabling the right spirit and culture
  • Enabling Women and Youth Entrepreneurship Development
  • Building Angel Investor Networks
  • The Role of Government and the Conglomerates
  • Building Mentorship and Advisors Networks Emerging Trends in the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem: Understanding Digital Media and New Business Models
  • Role of Incubators and Accelerators: Best Practices and Case Studies
  • The Art and Practice of Pitching
  • Mentorship Notes - Best Practices and Case Studies   


Policy Labs    


The second day of the forum will comprise four policy labs that will allow participants to have detailed discussions on essential topics so that they consider new perspectives and take back practical solution that can be adopted and results can be shared with the other participants in the coming years. The Policy Labs will be discussing the following topics:  
  • Entrepreneurship Promotion and National Campaigns: Organizing National Entrepreneurship Movements - Global Best Practices
  • Capacity and Capability Building for Entrepreneurship and SME Development Agencies: Best Practices in Running a Entrepreneurship and SME development Agency
  • Entrepreneurship Development Statistics and Research: Best Practices in statistics and research
  • Cutting Red Tape and reducing the costs of business set up- Global Best Practices 


H.H Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Award for Young Business Leaders     




As part of Dubai SME’s role to promote entrepreneurship and celebrate good practices and success stories, the establishment has launched the “Sheikh Mohammed Award for Young Business Leaders” in 2003 with the following objectives: 
a. Celebrating top performing Entrepreneurs / startups in the UAE + Arab World
b. Creating greater awareness of the importance of Entrepreneurship
c. Encouraging Entrepreneurs role models to share their stories and best practices.
d. Marketing the capabilities of UAE’s SMEs to regional and global investors.
e. Creating a culture of transparency, corporate governance and best practice sharing. 

This year's World Entrepreneurship Forum in Dubai will be host to many great people, thinkers, businesses, and ideas. To complement this platform of innovation and creative thinking, we have chosen to host the annual Sheikh Mohammed Award for Young Business Leaders on the second day of the World Entrepreneurship Forum.
As part of Dubai SME's role to promote entrepreneurship and celebrate good practices and success stories, the establishment launched the Sheikh Mohammed Award for Young Business Leaders in 2003 with the following objectives: Celebrating top performing entrepreneurs and startups in the UAE and the Arab World Creating greater awareness of the importance of entrepreneurship Encouraging entrepreneurs to be role models and share their stories and best practices. Marketing the capabilities of the UAE's SMEs to regional and global investors. Creating a culture of transparency, corporate governance and best practice sharing. For more information please visit:  www.smeawards.ae 

Today, the Sheikh Mohammed Award for Young Business Leaders is a prominent award in its class, honouring some of the most successful entrepreneurs in the region.









OASIS 500    




As part of the World Entrepreneurship Forum – UAE Chapter, Oasis500, a leading early stage and seed investment company, will be holding the Oasis500 Angel Investor Network event, which will take place on Sunday, December 8th, 2013 at 3:00 pm.
Together with the audience, a panel of leading venture capitalists will be critiquing the various presentations followed by a brief panel discussion and a networking opportunity. A group of startups that are looking for funding will have 5 minutes to deliver pitches.
Oasis500 is the first of its kind in Jordan and the MENA region. Our program at Oasis500 includes entrepreneurship training, mentorship guidance, business incubation and additional follow-up investment and funding if required, turning new business ideas into startups and helping existing entrepreneurs grow their companies with our angel investor and mentor networks. We nurture creative ideas in Information and Communications Technology (ICT), Mobile and Digital Media, transforming them into startup companies.
For more information, please visit  www.oasis500.com


More information about UAE Chapter, please visit  uae.world-entrepreneurship-forum.com