Maldives Edition 2

    Friday, November 15 - 17, 2019

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  2. Schedule
  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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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
Male' City, Maldives

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Your entrepreneurial journey in 54 hours

Do you have an idea you'd like to pursue or a problem you'd like to solve but don't know where to start or who to start with? 

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!

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Friday November 15th

5:00 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

5:20 pm
Opening Ceremony
Official opening of the event

6:20 pm
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, mentors, judges and organising team

6:35 pm
Speaker - Mr. Mahmoud Dasser
CMO of Dhiraagu on Product Development & Marketing

7:00 pm
Prayer Break

7:20 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

8:20 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

8:45 pm
Amazing food and making friends!

9:30 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

10:00 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

Saturday November 16th

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

Sunday November 17th

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!


Mahmoud Dasser
Chief Marketing Officer - Dhiraagu

Mahmoud Dasser is a global business leader, innovator and influential senior executive with over 25 years of experience developing new markets, creating winning strategies for High-Tech and the Telecom Industry.

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.

Event Judges

Abdulla Ghiyas
Deputy Managing Director at Inner Maldives Holidays

Abdulla Ghiyaz Riyaz is a young energetic disrupter in the Maldivian tourism industry who has been instrumental in changing the tourism landscape in the last few years by giving a voice to all Small Medium Enterprises in the industry.

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.

Mariyam Visam
Registrar of Companies (RoC) of Maldives

Ms. Visam assumed the position of Registrar of Companies in January 2014. Her area of responsibility includes Business Registration, Foreign Direct Investments and economic policy formulation.

She is also a member of the Board of Directors of Capital Market Development Authority (CMDA).

She has over 12 years of experience in economic affairs and financial sector.

Ms. Visam contributes to the academia by facilitating training programs, postgraduate courses in the areas of Entrepreneurship, Corporate Governance, Risk Management & Business Ethics.

MS. Visam holds a Master’s Degree in Business Economics from University of Queensland, Australia.

Mohamed Musad
Director of Digital Transformation - Dhiraagu

Accomplished technology leader with comprehensive experience in leading operations and project teams in the design, implementation, testing, and maintenance of various networks and technologies. Proven ability to establish and lead programs and mission critical projects, gain operational efficiency and improve profitability. Proven record of lowering capital and operational expenditures of the existing systems, providing effective technology leadership and solutions to achieve business strategy.

His specialties include Network Strategy, Systems implementation/Launch, Project Management, Operations Management, Team management, Radio Communications, Mobile technologies (GSM, UMTS,LTE) and Network Design.

Hussain Jinan
Co-Founder & CEO at Sparkhub LLP

Jinan has been working in the field of sustainable development for the 7 years & 3 years in the developing SMEs, his experience ranges from Tourism, SME Development, Women's Empowerment, Policy & Strategic formulation, Resource Mobilization and Capacity building. He has been instrumental in implementing many SME development programmes in Maldives. With this experience, he has been working closely with dignitari ranging from high level government officials to leaders in private sector in development of enterprise & entrepreneurs in Maldives.

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

Danish Athif
COO & Co Founder of MyBump Media.

Dhanish is the COO & Co Founder of MyBump Media, a crowd advertising platform based in Malaysia for brands looking to leverage off to real people, with real lives to endorse your brand. Dhanish is also a Lean Startup Coach and has worked with Lean Startup Machine ASEAN, organising and mentoring workshops in Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia. Dhanish's expertise are in lean business processes, lean marketing and community management.

Immi Saleem
Creative Manager

Immi Saleem is a creative design enthusiast from the Maldives, having worked and collaborated with various corporate companies in the Maldives, previously serving as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Blak Pvt Ltd.

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. 

Fareeha Shareef
Co-Founder/Director - FJS Consulting Pvt Ltd

Ms. Fareeha currently holds the position of Executive Director at FJS Consulting Pvt Ltd. She has also been an Independent Consultant of Adam Smith International since 2012.Ms Fareeha has professional experience in various fields such as auditing, accountancy, financial management and governance. In addition, she has vast experience in financial modeling, including banking, Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) and socioeconomic research in Maldives and in the international arena.

Junaina Ahmed
Legal Expert

Juna is an experienced associate at one of the Maldives' leading commercial firms, Shah, Hussain & Co. Barristers and Attorneys. She has recently acted as the national legal expert for the Micro Small and Medium Enterprise Development Project at the Ministry of Economic Development. During her time with the Project, Juna focused on introducing legal reforms targeted at ease of business, and creating legal awareness in the SME community.

Naail Abdul Rahman
Tech Driven Startup Entrepreneur

Managing Partner at Intellea Partnership, software development firm responsible for some of the most popular mobile apps in the market. An experienced software engineer with over 8 years in the software industry, and more than 5 primarily as an Android developer.
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.

Shafraz Hafiz
Digital Marketing & New Age Media Specialist

Shafraz, who currently serves as the Deputy Director of Digital Marketing and Social Media for Kandima Maldives is one of the most highly experienced and innovative digital media professionals in the Maldives. With 12 year’s experience in the advertising & marketing sector for the hotel industry, he had also served as a digital media consultant for Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC), the country’s official tourism promotion body. He also describes himself as a destination promoter, new media explorer, author, social media nut and a proud father.

Aiesha Adnan
Consultant Software Analyst & Technocrat

Aishath Adnan is a highly enthusiastic and self-motivated project management professional and a software analyst experienced in managing Teams and delivering IT solutions that helps to radically redesign the organizational process for increasing efficiency and profit.

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.

Ahmed Shinau
Co-Founder at Viznuno

Product owner and developer – passionate about working on new and innovative ideas and most importantly, making it a reality and getting it delivered! Backed with over 8 years of technical and commercial experience in telecom and digital products domain – including operations and maintenance, OSS/BSS implementation and design, strategic digital partnerships, product development, and business strategy.

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.

Hasan Hilmy
CEO at Blazon Inc.

Public relations and strategic communications specialist with over 10 years of experience in public sector and media; specialized in marketing, communications strategy and implementation. Co-founder and CEO of Blazon Inc. - a marketing, public relations and a business management agency in Maldives.

Ahmed Zeenad
Managing Director of SME Development Finance Corporation (SDFC)

Ahmed Zeenad has over 10 years of experience in banking and financial sector.  He began his career at Maldives Finance Leasing Company as an Accountant in 2006 and later moved to Bank of Maldives where he gradually specialized in areas of development banking and SME finance.  He currently heads the SME Development Finance Corporation (SDFC), which is the first specialized financial institution in the Maldives providing financial support to SMEs.

Madeeh Ahmed
Taxation Auditor

Madeeh is a chartered accountant and heads the CTL Strategies’ tax advisory practice. He advises a number of major international hotels, multinational companies as well high net worth individuals in their corporate undertakings and transactions that usually involve complex taximplications.

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.

Ibrahim Fayaz
Senior Manager, Customer Installations and Maintenance

Experienced mentor and certified KPI professional with over 20 years of experience in customer solutions and service delivery. He has held several key positions in Dhiraagu and is currently serving as Senior Manager, Customer Installations and Maintenance. Equipped with a Master of Business Administration/Master of Project Management, he has strong technical skills and management experience in project management, team management, budgeting and business planning.

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.


Organizing Team

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

  • Ahmed Yaamin
  • Hussain
  • Fathmath
  • Hussain Shazif
  • Ali
  • Danish
  • Moobeen
  • Shalshal


Danish Athif
COO & Co Founder of MyBump Media.

Dhanish is the COO & Co Founder of MyBump Media, a crowd advertising platform based in Malaysia for brands looking to leverage off to real people, with real lives to endorse your brand. Dhanish is also a Lean Startup Coach and has worked with Lean Startup Machine ASEAN, organising and mentoring workshops in Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia. Dhanish's expertise are in lean business processes, lean marketing and community management.

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