Maldives Edition 2
Friday, November 15 - 17, 2019
Friday, November 15 - 17, 2019
Event starts at 5:00 pm
Salt Cafe' & Restaurant
6th & 7th Floor Shinetree Building, Mohamed Ismail Didi Goalhi
Your entrepreneurial journey in 54 hours
Techstars Startup Weekend is the place to look for a team, create a prototype of your idea, validate your business idea, and receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs, all in one weekend.
What do you need to bring?
Lots of energy! You'll pitch your own idea or listen to others, then vote on the most interesting ideas and form teams with diverse skill sets. You can come with friends, but you’ll get the full experience if you participate in separate teams. Remember, it’s all about the team.
Your idea should be something you have not previously worked on. The idea you pitch and the problem you set out to solve can span social, educational, financial, environmental, or other issues. Over the course of the weekend you'll be challenged to create a prototype of your MVP, or minimum viable product, that fits the needs of your target customer. You'll get feedback, iterate, and likely pivot your approach entirely! Important: You cannot have worked previously on your idea.
Techstars Startup Weekend is a full weekend long experience. Your ticket includes:
- 7 full (and delicious) meals over the course of the weekend
- Benefits and discounts from our global partners
- One-on-one time with amazing mentors
- A new network of developers, designers, and entrepreneurs eager, like you, to change the world.
- All the internet and coffee you can consume.
Watch the video below to see what you can expect, and if you’re feeling inspired click on the “Buy Ticket” button now!
Still have questions, feel free to reach us at email@example.com
Don’t wait any longer and join the Techstars Startup Weekend movement!
No talk, all action!
Friday November 15th
Saturday November 16th
Sunday November 17th
As the Chief Marketing Officer, Mahmoud is driving all aspects of marketing, product development, innovation and market development for Dhiraagu, the leading telecom and digital services provider in the Maldives.
Prior to his relocation to the Maldives, he was the Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer for TM ONE, leading the modernising and overseeing of all dimensions of Marketing and innovation across traditional and digital channels.
Mahmoud had also good exposure in the Middle East region. As the Vice President of Partnership and Alliances at Mobily in Saudi Arabia he established new alliances and innovations that accelerated digital transformation initiatives in health, education, smart cities and financial services.
Mahmoud is a 16-year Cisco veteran who has taken on a wide variety of international leadership roles in both developed and developing countries. Prior to joining Cisco, Mahmoud had various leadership roles within Swisscom, where he supported the top Swiss multinational corporation in their business transformation and globalisation efforts.
Mahmoud holds an Engineering Degree in Telecommunications from Telecom Paris Tech, French Engineering school. Originally from Morocco, he spent more than 20 years in Geneva, Switzerland with his wife and two children, and now lives in Male, Maldives.
He is the Deputy Managing Director of Inner Maldives Holidays, one of the largest inbound and outbound travel agency in Maldives. He is also a Director for Ace Travels Maldives and Spence Maldives, which are joint ventures with Sri Lankan blue chip conglomerate Aitken Spence PLC. Having 14 years of experience in the travel and tourism industry, Abdulla was the youngest Board Director of the Maldives Monetary Authority (MMA) from 2014 to 2017. He was also named by the Junior Chamber International (JCI) Maldives as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Persons in Maldives in 2010 for his role in business turnaround in Inner Maldives Holiday and also named PATA Face of the Future 2018. Abdulla also contributes to the Consulate of the Republic of Seychelles to the Maldives as the Deputy.
Abdulla Ghiyas, also served as the President of the Maldives Association of Travel Agents and Tour Operators (MATATO) – one of the most active NGOs in the Maldives dedicated to fostering and promoting the sub industry of local travel agents.
Registrar of Companies (RoC) of Maldives
His specialties include Network Strategy, Systems implementation/Launch, Project Management, Operations Management, Team management, Radio Communications, Mobile technologies (GSM, UMTS,LTE) and Network Design.
Jinan is the co-founder & CEO of Sparkhub LLP, a company solely focused on enabling the local startup ecosystem in the Maldives and Co-founder & Managing Director of Encreare, a branding and marketing consultancy firm based in Maldives.
Coaches and Mentors
Immi currently works as an Art Director at Think Advertising. She loves a good challenge and has created, and continues to create designs for ad campaigns, events, expos and organizations — both in the private & public sectors.
She holds a BA in Creative Advertising & Graphic Design from Curtin University, Australia.
Naail is available to offer insight into tech driven startups, particularly his unique perspective on how to effectively expand and grow your business into the mobile market.
With years of experience in leading IT projects and software development teams, actively mentoring and training in the ICT field.
Co-Founder of Women In Tech Maldives, a non-profit organization working to inspire, empower and celebrate women in science and Technology. Also currently working as a Deputy Manager at Allied Insurance Company of the Maldives.
Currently working at Dhiraagu as Product Innovation Manager - Primarily focused on enhancing and innovating telecom services and transforming core business products for the digital era. Working on developing new and innovative adjacent services to enrich the digital lifestyle.
Specialities and experiences: product development, product management, and product marketing, OTT strategic partnerships, search engine optimisation, OSS/BSS transformation, GTM strategy, general management, business development.
Before joining the private tax practice, Madeeh worked at the MIRA as the Director of Audits where he was responsible for supervising and advising tax audit teams. With a strong background in taxation and accounting, he is at the forefront of the strategic direction and management of the firm, in addition to leading the tax advisory, business tax planning and tax compliance teams of the firm.
Madeeh is a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), and holds a Bachelors Degree in Applied Accounting from Oxford Brooks University, UK.
Event Sponsors, and Partners
The Maldives Edition 2 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.
Techstars Startup Weekend Male' is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here
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