Startup Weekend E-Commerce Edition

    Thursday, July 28 - 30, 2016

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  2. Schedule
  3. Judges
  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
  6. Organizing Team

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Startup Weekend E-Commerce Edition

Thursday, July 28 - 30, 2016

Thursday, July 28 - 30, 2016
Event starts at 3:00 pm

Zain HQ
Al-Rowad Street
Baghdad, Iraq

First-Ever Startup Weekend E-Commerce Edition Hits Baghdad

Are you an aspiring entrepreneur who wants to start a business in the field of E-Commerce?
Sponsored by Zain Iraq, Startup Weekend Baghdad is hosting its first edition event under the theme "E-Commerce". In 52 hours you will meet diverse group of people from different technical and non-technical background to help you shape your idea and make it a real startup.
Through out the event you will learn the essential steps of starting your own business like making the business model canvas, minimal viable product, idea validation, etc...
And we can't forget our amazing group of coaches who will be with around the clock to help keep you on the right track in developing your app, making your marketing plan, validation your idea, etc...
We can't wait to see on July 28!

Startup Weekend , a non-profit based in Seattle, WA, is a global network of passionate leaders and entrepreneurs on a mission to inspire, educate, and empower individuals, teams and communities. Come share ideas, form teams, and launch startups.

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Thursday July 28th

3:00 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

4:00 pm
Snacks & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

4:30 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

5:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

6:30 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

7:00 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

7:45 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

9:00 pm
Finished for the day.

Friday July 29th

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 July 30th

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

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

Ammar Ameen
Co-Founder & CEO at MISWAG

Co-Founder and CEO at, Iraq's first e-commerce service. Holds a Master of Information Technology and a B.Sc in Computer Engineering. Left a 4-years full-time Computer Science university lecturer career to establish Miswag and take place in the entrepreneurial society. Currently runs Miswag and is also a tech and business consultant for several businesses including HRiNS, iHorizon and others

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.

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.

Yazen Al-Timimi
Managing Director at Zain Cash

Managing Director at ZainCash, the first mobile banking solution in Iraq. Yazen has over 10 years of experience in Management Consulting and Digital Commerce in North America and the Middle East with particular focus on Iraq. He has multiple publication on digitizing commerce in the Middle East, including “E-Commerce in the Middle East” and “E-Commerce in Saudi Arabia”  published on Wamda and other publications.

Coaches and Mentors

Mohammed Al-Samarrai
Co-Founder & COO of Easy Bites

Originally from Baghdad - based in Erbil, Mohammed have finished his Ph.D in the UK in Computer Science in 2011, ever since, he have worked as a lecturer in Cihan University - Erbil, worked as a consultant for GIZ (German Development Cooperation) and initiated an internet startup “EasyBites”. Currently part of a big expanding startup in Iraq "Yalla!”, he work in the social media department. However, his main  focus is on his own venture “Moenovo” through which he provides consultancies for some local NGOs and Iraqi startups.

Mustafa Ahmed
Co-Founder & Lead Developer at MAHAW

An 19-year-old iOS and web developer who was born and raised in Baghdad. He works at MAHAW as an iOS and Web Developer.  He is also member at Mu3amala startup. He participated in the first Startup Weekend Baghdad and worked on his own startup with his class mates. Mustafa thinks that everyone should have the courage to follow their heart and intuition

Sabri Monaf
Co-Founder & Lead Developer at d3

A  Computer Science graduate and self taught Android developer, he began his career with S Converter, a new and unique take on units conversion which got the app over 150k downloads and is cited as the best unit converter on Android by many blogs and users. He co-founded Mu3amala and developed its Android App, And also co-founded d3 Studio and is now working the CTO of the company.

Noor Shihab
Co-Founder and CEO at Meteors

Noor is a 22 years old dental student. Despite being a dental student, this didn't stop her from pursuing a career in the thing she loves most which is Graphic Design. She founded her own creative agency and now have partnership with many businesses locally and internationally. 

Mujahed Al-Waisi
Co-Founder & CEO at Alawj Media

Mujahed is a business development enthusiast and filmmaker. He founded his own media company and developed it to be one of the best ones in the country. He also co-founded many startups like Bilweekend, Behance Baghdad, and Mujahed believes in starting your own business and not rely on a job that will get you nowhere in the future. 

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend E-Commerce 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
  • Sama
  • Noor
  • Amr


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

Maryam Ghazala

Yasir Hani

Jafar Baker

Ghanim Mohammed

Aws Ahmad

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