Startup Weekend Baghdad: Global Edition

    Thursday, November 8 - 10, 2018

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  2. Schedule
  3. Judges
  4. Sponsors
  5. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Baghdad: Global Edition

Thursday, November 8 - 10, 2018

Thursday, November 8 - 10, 2018
Event starts at 4:00 pm

Al-Hikma College
Baghdad, Iraq

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Startup Weekend Baghdad: Global Edition

Startup Weekend is a 54-hour event where developers, designers, marketers, product managers, and startup enthusiasts come together to share ideas, form teams, build products, and launch startups.

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Thursday November 8th

4:00 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

5:00 pm
Share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

5:30 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

6:00 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

7:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

7:30 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

8:00 pm
Begin Work
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

Friday November 9th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

2:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

6:30 pm

7:30 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Saturday November 10th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

3:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

4:00 pm
Final Presentations

6:00 pm
Judging & Awards

6:30 pm

7:00 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

Jafar Sadik
Co-founder & Managing Director

Studied International Development at Carleton University, Co-founder & Managing Director of I Cube Global Corp - our success is driven by "Thinking Outside the Box". We deliver bespoke market solutions catered to our customers defined to our market pitched with a fine sharp edge. Canadian-Iraqi who came to Iraq for the first time in 2008 with hopes of entering and revolutionizing the Iraqi market. Struggling to hit sales of $50,000 during the first year & eventually reaching our peak of 8 digits sales figures in 2014 with concrete plans of hitting 9 digit sales figures for 2015 had it not been for the entry of ISIS & recent drops in the prices of oil... keep in mind more than 90% of sales were made to the private sector.

Marwan Ahmed
Operations Manager at Careem

Business Development and Marketing professional. He enjoys content writing on Iraq's ecosystem and has been featured on and Marwan is currently focusing on his start-up Mishwar and is continuously keen on seeking ways to advance entrepreneurship, progressive learning, and untraditional businesses in Iraq.

Moayad Mithal
Zain Iraq

Head of Brand Management Unit, Branding & Marketing Communication Department-Marketing Division

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Baghdad: Global Edition team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
Learn how to become a sponsor here.


Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Baghdad is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Ibrahim
  • Mohammed
  • Sama
  • Hassan
  • Ali
    Abul Ma'ali


Ibrahim Al-Zararee
Community Leader

Ibrahim is an entrepreneurship and business enthusiast who has been working on developing the entrepreneurial ecosystem in his home country Iraq for the past four years by working with both local and international organizations to bring both mentors and investment for startups.

Event Staff

Abdullah Al-Zararee

Hassan Safaa

Student at Baghdad College of Medicine

Rawan Al Juboori

Student at AUIS

Mohammed Saad
Social Media Manager

Social Media Manager at Careem

Basma Haitham

Student at College of Languages

Mahmood Mohammed

Student at College of Languages

Ghaith Basil

Promoter at Careem

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