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The Venue, Beirut Souks, Berut, Lebanon

Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success?

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 1800 past events in 120 countries around the world in 2014.

The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 200 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!



Nov 22
  • Registration Starts
  • Arab Interns Announcement
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Nov 23
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Registration for HUBS Tycoons
  • Gilbert Doumet Speech
  • Entrepreneurship Panel
  • Social Media (By Maria Franjie)
  • Lunch
  • Panel for entrepreneurs by entrepreneurs
  • Ecosystem Talks
  • Back to work on your prototype
  • Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  • Go home .. but Keep working


Nov 24
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Lunch
  • Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Dinner
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!
Gold Sponsors

Walid Mansour

Managing Director at MEVP   |   LinkedIn

Walid has more than 10 years of experience in Venture capital and strategy & management consultancy, restructuring, corporate finance and engineering in telecom, media, utilities, pharmaceuticals and public sector industries. Prior to joining MEVP, Walid was a lead associate at Roland Berger Strategy Consultants within their Middle East team, supporting the firm's implementation and growth in the region. Before Roland Berger, Walid worked as a strategy manager at the UAE's Prime Ministry executive office focusing on long term public sector strategies and implementation plans. During his stay in Dubai, he worked on setting-up entrepreneurship related programs and developing incubation in the Arab World through several Dubai based initiatives such as the Mohammed Bin Rashid Foundation. Prior to that, Walid spent 3 years at Booz & Company as a consultant covering telecom & media and public sector industries across the region. In 2009, he completed Morgan Stanley's summer associate program within their investment banking M&A division in London. Walid holds an industrial and urban planning engineering degree from Institut National des Science Appliquées de Lyon (INSA de Lyon) and an MBA in finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Tarek Ketaneh

Owner, T.M.Kettaneh sal and Senior Lecturer at American University of Beirut   |   LinkedIn

Formerly CEO of multi national family business active in trade, construction and industry in many countries of the Middle East
Venture capitalist 1987-1996
Fund manager 1996-1999
Management consultant and Senior Lecturer at university 2000- present

Specialties: Private equity investments
Funding start-ups
Turnaround consulting
Family Business consulting (succession planning, governance)

Ahmad Takatkah

A VCpreneur From Arabia   |   LinkedIn

A VC from Jordan focusing on investing in Internet and Mobile ventures.

- Venture Partner at Leap Ventures, an angel investment firm investing in tech startups in the Arab Countries.
- Angel Network Advisor at MIT Enterprise Forum.
- Founder and host of TechMajles YouTube Show, interviews with Arab entrepreneurs to learn about their stories, successes and failures too!
- Former Head of Investments at N2V, managing the holding’s Investments in early stage web companies in the Middle East region.
- Kauffman Fellow (Class 17), Palo Alto, California.
- Member of Endeavor Global Investor Network
- Mentor for several web and mobile startups in Dubai (UAE), Riyadh (Saudi Arabia), Amman (Jordan), Bierut (Lebanon), and Cairo (Egypt)
- Member of the VC Task Force at the MENA Private Equity Association
- Attended the Private Equity and Venture Capital Executive Training Program at Harvard Business School, Boston.
- Judge and Mentor at MIT Arab Startup competition, Queen Rania National Entrepreneurship Competition (QRNEC), Startup Weekend (Amman, Cairo, Riyadh), ArabNet Startup Demo, Zajil Award for Arab Web Startups, Creative Business Cup (CBC), Seed Startup Accelerator, iPark Incubator in Jordan, KAUST Seed Fund Award, and N2VLabs BootCamp.
- Won the MIT Arab Business Plan competition in 2009, and Queen Rania National Entrepreneurship Competition (QRNEC) 2006.
- Holds an MBA from New York Institute of Technology (NYIT), a B.Sc. degree in electronics engineering from Princess Sumaya University of Technology (PUST).
- Training for entrepreneurship, business planning, fund raising, VC term sheets negotiations.

Allyson Jerab

Advisor, Cisco Entrepreneur Institute and Regional Coordinator, Arab Women’s Entrepreneurship program, both at AMIDEAST/Lebanon   |   LinkedIn

Allyson Jerab is advisor to the Cisco Entrepreneur Institute at AMIDEAST/Lebanon as well as the Regional Coordinator for the Arab Women’s Entrepreneurship program at AMIDEAST/Lebanon. She was a contributing author to, and a judge for both MTV’s Ideaz Prize and the TouchCloud DevAppLB PitchFest. In 2010, Allyson played a central role in ensuring that Global Entrepreneurship Week Lebanon became a collaborative effort involving all Lebanese entrepreneurship support organizations.


Donald Derek Haddad

Geek, Hacktivist & Public Speaker   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Winner of several local and regional competitions. Core Member at Lamba Labs Beirut First Hackerspace - CTO of - Technical Editor at T3 Middle East Magazine - Organiser of Startup Weekend Byblos and the JS Revolution Workshops.

Jad El Boustani

Associate at MEVP   |   LinkedIn

Prior to joining MEVP in July 2012, Jad worked as Project Manager at Truffle Capital as part of the Venture Capital Tech Team in Paris during which, he assisted in fundraising efforts and in the expansion of a build-up of startups specialized in mobile services. Prior to that, Jad worked as a financial analyst in the M&A department of Bank Lazard Brothers with a focus in EMEA Telecom and Technology. In 2010, he served as an auditor in the Finance division of General Electric Healthcare. Jad's experience in Lebanon includes working as an analyst and developer at NavLink and as an IT developer at Societe Generale. Jad holds a degree in Telecom and Computer Engineering from the Lebanese University, and an MBA (with a finance and private equity emphasis) from the Ecole Supérieure des Sciences Economiques et Commerciales, ESSEC (France).

Rami Sakr

Code guru, hacker & entrepreneur   |   LinkedIn

Code guru, hacker & entrepreneur, contributor at the Open Internet Tools Project, gave talks and workshops at several conferences about Privacy and Information Security. Programming instructor for several local and foreign governmental and non-governmental institutions. Wrote guides in hardware hacking, and research papers on how hackers leverage the ".NET CodeDomCompiler" to create stealthy malware.

I blog here:

Dani A. Arnaout

Systems Engineer at Lextech Global Services (USA)   |   LinkedIn

Dani graduated from Beirut Arab University with a Bachelor in Computer Engineering.
He has been very active in the mobile apps development field for the past two years through his tutorial team membership at, his education Youtube channel, and by giving talks & workshops at various local & global tech-related events.

After winning two first place prizes at entrepreneurship competitions, one of which was Beirut Startup Weekend 2012, Dani will mentor this year’s participants by sharing his experience and offering valuable advice & technical help.

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