Startup Weekend ,Oman- Muscat

    Thursday, November 16 - 18, 2017

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  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend ,Oman- Muscat

Thursday, November 16 - 18, 2017

Thursday, November 16 - 18, 2017
Event starts at 5:00 pm

Knowledge Oasis Oman(KOM4)

Muscat, Oman

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Thursday November 16th

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

5:35 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

5:50 pm
Get know each other
some cool dynamics for all the participants

6:00 pm
What makes A Good Idea
a short presentation

6:25 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

6:45 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

7:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:40 pm
Success Story
story of Successful Omani businessman

8:30 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

9:30 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 17th

8:30 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:00 am
Brilliant Decision

9:25 am
Business Models Canvas

12:30 pm

1:10 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

1:15 pm
Design Thinking

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

5:15 pm
Prayer time

6:00 pm
Team Work

8:00 pm
Motivational Lecture

8:30 pm
Team Work Analysis

9:30 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Saturday November 18th

8:30 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:00 am
Brilliant Decision

9:30 am
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

12:00 pm

12:45 pm
How to Pitch

1:15 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

4:30 pm
Final Presentations

7:00 pm

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!


Walaa Hamdan
General Manager of Startup Oman

Walaa is a Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainability expert with 10+ years of experience working in various fields. . As General Manager of Startup Oman she is guiding the strategic direction of the organization and programs as well as managing business development and project management. She has previous experience in co-founding a social business, CSR Watch Jordan, and working in the largest entrepreneurial organization globally, Entrepreneurs’ Organization. She also has experience working with AIESEC, the world’s largest youth run organization in Jordan and Oman. She holds a Master’s in Technology Entrepreneurship from the University of Maryland, providing theoretical knowledge and practical tools to launch and grow businesses. .

Ishaq Al Sheryani
Entrepreneurship Advisor

 Ishaq Hilal Al Sheryani • Head of High Ambition Center, Entrepreneur, Trainer in Entrepreneurship. •Member of the National Youth Commission* Weekly Presenter on youth radio for SME program. •A member of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Oman. •A member of the Omani Economic. • Society, Designer of feasibility economic studies. •First Omani gets the license of the International Business Award in 2013 First prize for the preparation and implementation of Vision won the award for youth initiatives in 2013. Special prize Omani youth aspirant in 2012. Second prize for the best idea of the project in 2005

Talal Al Rawahi
Motivational speaker

Motivational speaker,writer, PhD student at USIM university Website: is the first Omani coach to be chosen as a model for the influential personality in the Entrepreneurship and Success program. - Master of Education of Curricula and Methods of Teaching Social Studies at Sultan Qaboos University. - International professional trainer accredited by the Center for Accelerated Learning in Britain. - Certified international trainer in rapid learning. - Certified trainer in memory booster - Certified trainer in mental map 

Rajive Ahuja
Volunteer & Guest Faculty

Rajive is a Marketing & CSR professional and has been working with various companies in his 35 years long career. He is also passionate about Yoga and Meditation. He is trained by the AOL Foundation to conduct courses on Life Skills, Yogic Breathing Techniques and Meditation. He donates him time to the Art of Living Foundation as a volunteer, as he earnestly believes in the positive impact these techniques could have in enhancing the lives of individuals and of society as whole.

Saleh Alkhamyasi
Trainer Communication and Leadership Skills

Saleh Abdullah Alkhamyasi, Master of Public Administration and Master of English Literature.Head of Human Resources AlMouj Golf. A freelance writer and translator. A passionate Toastmaster who is in a mission to bring the best  out of the Omani Youth to empower then to realize their true potential through coaching and inspiring them to reap the fruits of Toastmasters as platform for communication and leadership skills. Has been a passionate mentor for many toastmasters to win contests. Trained many college students and prepared them for winning in the Environment Public Speaking Contest organized by Oman Society for Environment.    

Nabil Al shukili
Business Man

He have Bachelor of Science degree, Chemistry major. College of Science - Sultan Qaboos University (Sultanate of Oman). •             He have Establishing & Managing my own company (ALAZHER SUPPLIES L.L.C): Since Mar. 2012 till date where I have achieved the award for the best small size trading company in Oman in 2015. Also in May.2005 – Feb. 2012 he is the Managing laboratory supplies division: during working 8 years in private company.

Essam AL-Lawati
Head of the Business Department in Nizwa College of Technology

Essam AL-Lawati is the Head of the Business Department in Nizwa College of Technology. He has his Masters in Marketing from the University of Stirling, UK. He is a member of Chartered Institute of Marketing, UK. He specialized in Marketing, (Entrepreneurial Marketing) and has published several papers in this field. He worked in a private company before entering the academic stream at the National Ferries Company and also worked in different sectors such as Transportation, Tourism, Banking and Oil & Gas. He is a certified Entrepreneurship Educator with the SMEF program in cooperation with the Ministry of Higher Education in Oman. He managed the Entrepreneurship cell at the Higher College of Technology and taught many courses such as Innovation Management, Entrepreneurship, Principles of Marketing and International Business. He was given the responsibility of supervising student senior projects as well. In addition, he has conducted workshops in Entrepreneurship on several related topics.  

Event Judges

Adel AL Hubeshi
Management & Business Advisory.

Adel Al-Hubaishi holds over 15 years of experience locally and globally in the area of management and business advisory.

Having been a team leader at international organisations for more than a decade and a Group General Manager of a holding company made of six independent subsidiaries managing 15.5M Bahraini Dinar worth of assets, Adel was able to develop a solid and practical foundation of the challenges and opportunities that many small and medium enterprises face. His skills centre on Business Development, Marketing, Strategic Planning, and Contract management, to name a few. Adel seeks to make a difference in people´s lives. With his diverse experience and proven track record, he delivers distinctive consulting and training services while making sure the advice he passes is beneficial and practical for the entrepreneurs he consults.

Maha AlBalushi
Incubator Manager

Maha AlBalushi has a vast experience in entrepreneurship and project management. She is the Incubator Managing Director in Oman Technology Fund (OTF). Prior to working at OTF, she managed 2 different Incubators one for Innovation Park Muscat, The Research Council (Scientific based Incubator) and Sas Center for Entrepreneurship, Information Technology Authority (ICT based Incubator). She received her Master Degree from The National University of Singapore. She won the 1st prize in 2 competitions the UAE IT Challenge (Regional) and the Big Business Idea Competition (BBIC) (Local). She was invited as a jury member in many competitions local competitions related to innovation and entrepreneurship. In addition, she has many professional certificates such as dealing with media during crisis – by Al Jazeera Network – Qatar, Bullet proof course – in leadership, Project Management course etc.

Mujtaba Zafer
Director of Business Development and Management

Mojtaba has more than 10 years of experience in various fields such as auditing, financial analysis and marketing. Currently, he is responsible for studying and supporting small and medium enterprises.

Mujtaba is also one of the founders of Bandira Village in various fields serving small and medium enterprises.

Nermeen Marzouk
Financial Advisor

Nermeen Marzouk is a Finance and Investment Consultant with 12 years of experience acquired at leading global financial institutions and is currently a Business Development Consultant at the Public Authority for SME Development (Riyada) in the Sultanate of Oman. Prior to joining Riyada, Nermeen was an Associate Investment Officer at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector arm of the World Bank Group, in its Cairo office where she covered investment opportunities in the Middle East & North Africa region. Before joining IFC, Nermeen worked at Commercial International Bank (CIB), Egypt's largest private sector bank, in its Strategic Planning Department as well as Vantage Capital, a South Africa-based private equity and mezzanine fund, in its Cairo office. 
Nermeen has a BSc of Business Administration from the American University in Cairo (AUC) with a concentration in finance and an MSc in Finance & Management from Cranfield University in the UK. 

Coaches and Mentors

Fawz-adein Abojamoos
Financial Expert Specialist

                                                            Fawz-adein Abojamoos                 He has PhD of accounting. He used to work as a lecturer in different colleges and universities. He joined to SMEs field in 2008  at Ministry of Industry & Commercial in sultanate of Oman to 2013. After that he joined automatically to Public Authority for Small and Medium Enterprises development and work as advisor in visibility study. Currently he works in a private office.   

khalid Kabbani
Project Manager

Khaled Samir Kabbani Expert specialist in the industrial sector, has 17 years experience in establishing and equipping factories, joined to SMEs field in 2003at Ministry of Industry in Germany to 2010 After that he worked with various companies in Germany -Spain – Nederland – China - Kingdom of Saudi Arabia - United Arab Emirates and Sultanate of Oman He support developing small and medium enterprises through training and guidance
  1. Preparation of feasibility study.
  2. Right bases and management.
  3. Calculation of cost and pricing.
  4. Preparing the marketing plan.
  5. Preparing the quarterly and yearly sales plan.
  6. Facing the competitors.
  7. Project Development.
Currently he works with Sahel AL-Barshi LLC Industrial Timber Project.

Umaima Al Ghadani
Investments Manager

Ms. Umaima Al Ghadani is Manager Investments with Sharakah. Umaima joined Sharakah more than 6 years ago as an Investment Analyst and has gone up the ladder in over the period. She has analyzed and appraised large number of Business Plans and Feasibility Studies in the SME Sector and helped them right from scratch to blossom and thus contributed in Oman’s economy as well.    Umaima is a holder of an MBA from SQU and a bachelor in Accounting from HCT. Main areas of expertise are business analysis, financial planning, and project implementation. She is passionate about handholding an entrepreneur from the stage of having an idea, building up a business plan, and successfully executing the project.

Walaa Hamdan
General Manager of Startup Oman

Walaa is a Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainability expert with 10+ years of experience working in various fields. . As General Manager of Startup Oman she is guiding the strategic direction of the organization and programs as well as managing business development and project management. She has previous experience in co-founding a social business, CSR Watch Jordan, and working in the largest entrepreneurial organization globally, Entrepreneurs’ Organization. She also has experience working with AIESEC, the world’s largest youth run organization in Jordan and Oman. She holds a Master’s in Technology Entrepreneurship from the University of Maryland, providing theoretical knowledge and practical tools to launch and grow businesses. .

Dr.Nadeem Ahmad
General Manager

 Nadeem Ahmed is an IIM-A Alumnus with more than 26 years of cross functional Industry exposure and ILM approved facilitator in the domains of Leadership, Problem Solving, Performance Management, Innovating Thinking and Emotional Intelligence, Coaching and Mentoring. He has extensively coached and mentored professionals in various verticals working in Public and Private Sector organizations. He has conducted more than 500 workshops in the GCC. Represented Oman twice in the OCCI International Business Forum. Nadeem is the head of Eshraqa Entrepreneurship Academy and has mentored more than 10 SMEs since its inception in 2017.  

Fatma Al Mawaali
Lead Financial Accountant

Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) member since 2013, BS holder with over 12 years of practical experience in Oil & Gas industry, PDO and a certified lean practitioner.  Have deep knowledge and practice in general accounting policies and standards throughout working experience in both field’s financial accounting and management accounting. Good Interpersonal skills including communication, presentation skills, motivated and supportive of other team members. I am pursuing a certificate in Energy Risk Professional (ERP).  I am a toastmaster member and I served as area director in Toastmaster leading 4 clubs in Muscat for one year. I have a small business (Abya Shop).

Raed Ali
People and Change Expert

Mr. Raed is a certified coach and a seasoned expert with more than 18 years of experience between Human Resources Management, Customer Experience Excellence and Marketing. He has worked with several large and SME’s in different industries such as Telecommunication, IT, Pharmaceuticals and manufacturing on defining and crafting their HR, Marketing and Customer Experience strategies. During his career  in consultancy, he conducted effective and insightful Coaching sessions in critical areas for more than 2000 individuals in more than 30 locations in Sultanate of Oman. He also designed and implemented several Coaching and Mentoring programs for hundreds of employees in HR, Marketing and Customer Experience areas driving performance excellence and motivation.

Naseer AL Musalhi
Database Administrator

An Omani young with 20+ years overall experience, 15+ years in IT Field. Software Developing, Web Developing, Networking, Database administrator, SharePoint and all of IT related equipment’s. Good team leader and organizer. Good Communication skills. Education: having Msc in computer science (Computer networks) and Bachelor Degree in computer applications which is expands my knowledge in two different paths (Software development and computer networks) Professional Training: having 20+ professional courses in software development, Networks and recently mobile applications developments. Skills: High skills in training and team leading, time managements and quality Assurance. Worked as IT enterprise projects manager for Royal army of Oman and IT Manager for RAY International. Contraption: I contribute in community by providing training and consultants to Supports SME companies and college students in their IT tasks and solving problems.

Fawaz Al Mukhaini

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Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Muscat is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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Abeer Al gaseem

An enthusiastic, highly regarded and highly educated Learning and Development Professional, Facilitator and Innovator with experience (14 years) in delivering successful Projects/Programmes through their entire lifecycle. Possesses a strong yet humble work ethic that inspires success. Specialises in developing effective management teams, communications, leadership and general management development skills. Ensures the achievement of demanding targets and corporate objectives by using cost-effective strategies and methodologies for improving overall training strategies.

Acknowledged for international business relationships with the ability to provide expertise on a range of consultancy projects in multiple industries involving change processes, training services and organisational development initiatives. Values high ethical standards, collaboration, new ideas and dedication to “best practices” in all areas of expertise. Possesses an exemplary industry background which allows for seamless operations in cross-functional positions utilising comprehensive experience.

Passionate about learning experiences that change the lives of people seeking the opportunity to improve themselves. Equally passionate about improving a client’s business by advising them on how to improve their business practices.

Extensive career includes participating in many projects as a consultant and a facilitator in different government and private sector projects in the region related to youth, entrepreneurship, women in business, Awards, building youth capacities through CSR, development of leadership and strategies and a multitude of other projects and programmes.

Academic Background and International Accreditation

§  MBA International Business; Coventry University, UK

§  Higher Diploma in Management; Cambridge University, UK

§  Senior Trainer; ISTD

§  Certified Action Centric Leadership; Adair International, UK

§  Certificate in Assessment Skills; EFQM, Belgium

§  Certified Assessor; European Foundation for Quality Management, Belgium

§  Train-the-Trainer Certificate; YIF(Youth International Foundation)

§  Certified Assessment Advisor for Professional Qualifications Diploma in Management; Cambridge International Examinations

§  Certified ILM Trainer

§  Certificate in Leadership; ILM, UK

§  Certificate in Human Resource Planning; Cambridge International Examinations, UK

§  Certificate in Change Management & Organizational Behaviour; Cambridge International Examinations, UK

§  Certificate in Strategic Management; Cambridge International Examinations, UK

§  National Vocational Qualifications in Sales; EDEXCEL, UK

Event Staff

Wafa Al Hinai
Incubator and Business Centre expert


Rashid Al Alawi

Jokah Al Touqi

Ahmad Al Shukaili
SME Specialist

Alumni of Sultan Qaboos University, graduated with a major in Management. Ahmad has been a member of Riyada's Incubator team for the past four years.

Ismail Al Hajri
Marketing Communications Coordinator

Alumni of Sultan Qaboos University, graduated with a degree in Marketing. Has been a part of Riyada's Incubators' team for four years. 

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