Techstars Global Startup Weekend Ramallah

    Thursday, November 16 - 18, 2017

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  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
  6. Organizing Team
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Techstars Global Startup Weekend Ramallah

Thursday, November 16 - 18, 2017

Thursday, November 16 - 18, 2017
Event starts at 6:30 pm

The Palestinian Museum
Museum Street (off Omar Ibn Al-Khattab Street)
Birzeit, Palestine

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Prepare for the Global Startup Celebration

Be one of over 15,000 entrepreneurs who will come together for hundreds of events during November 10-19, 2017 for Techstars Global Startup Weekend!

Techstars Global Startup Weekend Ramallah (TGSW) connects entrepreneurs, organizing teams, and startup communities around the world. As an attendee you will get access to exclusive resources to help prep for success at Techstars Startup Weekend and make connections with mentors and other startup teams. To help you keep growing after the event, the winning team of each event will receive helpful perks for building their startup as well as a showcase in our global channels.

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 register now!

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Thursday November 16th

6:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

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

7:20 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

9:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:15 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

Friday November 17th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

12:30 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 18th

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

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:00 pm

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

Talal K. Nasereddin
CEO / GM - Birzeit Pharmaceutical Company

Whenever you find Talal Nasereddin you will find him gardening, either he will be
gardening his family, his garden or his business, his vision for Palestine is that you
have to work hard to be independent in all sectors of life.
Talal K. Nasereddin was born November 1, 1949. He graduated with a Masters
degree in Chemistry from the American University of Beirut in 1974. Talal is married
with two children and currently lives in the city of Jerusalem, Palestine.
Talal started his career in 1974 when he invested in Birzeit Pharmaceuticals
Company. He also lectured at Birzeit University.
In 1984 Talal was assigned the Chief Executive Officer for Birzeit Pharmaceuticals
Company, and in 1991 he was assigned Chairman of the Board.
In 1992 Talal played a major role in expanding Birzeit Pharmaceuticals Company by
merging with Palestine Medical Company, followed by another merger with Eastern
Chemicals Company.
In 2003, Talal started a professional shift through growing beyond Birzeit
Pharmaceuticals Company by founding and chairing Petropal Mineral Oil Company.
Then in 2005, Talal established Lotus Financial Investment Company, and partnered
in establishing THE NATIONAL BANK (TNB) which he also chairs.
He is a board member of the Palestine Telecommunication Co.(Paltel). Talal
invested in establishing , Abraj Investment & Development Co. and was assigned as
Chairman of the Board. Board Member of the PALESTINE ELECTRIC CO. PLC.
(PEC PUBLIC). Board Member of Trustees (St. Joseph Hospital).
As part of his active participation in the Palestinian private sector development and
community, Talal participated in founding Palestine Trade Center (Paltrade). He also
founded the Palestinian Federation of Industries (PFI) which he chaired until 2003.
Talal was a board member at the Palestine Investment Fund (PIF) until 2006and a
board member of the Palestine monitory authority. He also helped in the foundation
of the Union of Palestinian Pharmaceutical Manufacturers (UPPM) which he chaired
until 2008, and helped in the establishment of business men association in 1998.
Mr. Talal is currently a board member in the Palestinian American Chamber of
Commerce – PACC. Palestine
Everyone who knows Mr. Nasereddin can be sure he will continue to garden to see
Palestine free.

Huda El Jack
CEO - Wassel Group

Durgham Maraee
CEO - Wataniya Mobile

Dr. Durgham Maraee is the CEO of Wataniya Mobile. Dr. Maraee has extensive experience in Telecom and in business management and investment. Prior to his appointment to the position of CEO of Wataniya Mobile, Dr. Maraee served as the Chief Investment Officer of the Palestine Investment Fund (“PIF”), where he managed PIF’s investment portfolio and developed new investment programs that aim to promote economic growth in Palestine. Earlier in his career, he worked as a consultant at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), where he focused on providing strategy and investment advice to leading American and multinational corporations in several sectors.

Dr. Maraee holds a Master’s and PhD degrees from Harvard University in International Law.

Mahmoud Kaiyal
Co-founder & CEO Wikaya

Coaches and Mentors

Shadi Qawasmi
Head of Marketing Communications - Wataniya Mobile

Shadi Qawasmi is a brand passionate and a marketing strategist. Shadi is considered to be a preeminent Palestinian expert in Brand & Marketing Strategy and has a proven track record in ramping up large-scale communications campaigns through employing thought-out online and offline tactics.
As a Marketing Expert, Shadi Qawasmi has managed various branding and rebranding projects for leading Palestinian corporates within his career path as a full time-employee in various firms or during the years he served as a Marketing Consultant to other companies. He has been able to handle marketing challenges facing different companies from diverse sectors ranging from Telecom to the real-estate sector to FMCG to Investment and even start-ups & SME’s. Qawasmi has a significant work experience in developing community outreach programs targeting mainstream and marginalized populations. He is equally proficient implementing
the campaigns via print/broadcast/web/social media.
With the growth of Digital and Social Media Marketing, Shadi has come to be known as a leader in that area in his country and has successfully led various mega digital campaigns across various online platforms.
- B.A. in Marketing Communications, Brigham Young University, USA
- M.Sc. in Marketing Management, EDHEC Business School, France
- 12 years of professional track record in Palestine, France and The US
- Lecturer of Brand Management at Birzeit University

Salem Awadallah
Service Delivery Director, ASAL Technologies

Salem Awadallah is the Service Delivery Director and Head Technical Engineer at ASAL Technologies where he’s worked over the last 9 years on developing and building software engineering teams to
service international clients and elevate the quality of Software Services offered in Palestine. Mr.
Awadallah received his Masters of Telecommunication Managements from DeVry University along
with his Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering form Arizona State University. Awadallah
started his 20+ year career in the United States where he established a great track record in the
software industry while holding different key positions in Software Development, Project and
Product Management in global companies such as Motorola, Eclipsys and MediServe.
Post establishing a long and successful career in the Healthcare Information sector in the United
States, Mr. Awadallah moved back to Palestine. Today, he is a very active and inspirational member
of the Palestinian ICT entrepreneurial community; volunteering his time as mentor, instructor and
judge for various events with the purpose to make a greater impact on the Palestinian ICT sector.
Awadallah currently serves on the advisory boards of several Palestinian startups as well as the
advisory committees for the computer science and engineering academic programs in each of Al-
Najah, Al-Quds, Bethlehem and Birzeit Universities.

Haya Saad
Digital Marketing Strategist

Haya Saad is a Digital Marketing Strategist who works with businesses and individuals interested in
improving their online presence and communications plans. As a University of Toronto certified digital marketer, she helps businesses with digital strategy, content creation, website optimization, online advertising, social media and web analytics.
Ms. Saad is specialized in creating digital campaigns from conception to execution, providing a unique perspective on how businesses can leverage digital platforms to reach and engage with customers to drive business objectives. To deliver the best strategy, she gains a full understanding of the brand landscape - conducting comprehensive research of category, consumer and brand, and extracts key insights to guide strategy development and ideation.

Nael Ramadan
CTO & Co-Founder of SocialDice

Nael has more than 16 years of experience in the U.S. in the area of Software Development and Architecture.  He has previously taken several leading technical roles at JDSU, Intuit, Verisign, and as a SAIC consultant working for the SEC.  Nael received his Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Engineering from Penn State University and a Masters in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University. It may please the participants this year to know that (an online web application for making the hiring process efficient and fun) was an outcome of StartupWeekend Ramallah, 2013.   Back in April of 2013, SocialDice (previously known as Screenem) took first place after an intense weekend marathon.  Afterwards, Nael and his partners (Saed Shela and Oday Hazeem) decided to pursue this idea and now have offices in Palestine, and UAE.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Techstars Global Startup Weekend Ramallah 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.

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Organizing Team

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

  • Reem
  • Salah
  • Ambar
  • Omar
  • Alaa
  • Rawan
    Abu Ishira


Reham Di'bas

Graduated from BZU in 2011 with a bachelor degree in CSE. Over the course of the following four years she got involved in/managed several projects and organized several events that supported entrepreneurs in Palestine, all through her work at Leaders Organization. In 2015 She quit her job to pursue a career in content writing, currently, she is a published author with a book coming out in 2017, and a full time editor and content writer at WebTeb. Reham loves writing, has a room full of books she hadn't read yet but is planning to, and has a huge respect to ants, yes ants

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