Techstars Startup Weekend Ramallah 21-11-2019

    Thursday, November 21 - 23, 2019

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Techstars Startup Weekend Ramallah 21-11-2019

Thursday, November 21 - 23, 2019

Thursday, November 21 - 23, 2019
Event starts at 4:00 pm

Fikra - Paltel Group Innovation Hub
Jawwal building
AlBireh , Palestinian Territories

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Your idea 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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Thursday November 21st

4:00 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

5:00 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

6:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

6:30 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

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

7:30 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 22nd

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

12:00 pm
check-in, status reports, call for help

1:00 pm

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

7:00 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 23rd

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

1:00 pm

1:30 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
Final Presentations

5:30 pm
Judging & Awards

6:00 pm

6:20 pm
Go Home!

Coaches and Mentors

Ayman Arandi
Founder of IRIS

Ayman is an Engineer with 6 years of experience in technology and entrepreneurship. He established Iris Solutions in 2010 which is specialized in interactive touch technology and sensory rooms. He is Ramallah Curator for the Global Shapers community - WEF affiliate, founding member of NEWPal org, and board member of PS4L org. Ayman holds BSc in Computer Engineering from An-Najah University, MSc in Management, Information Systems and Innovation from London School of Economics, and Diplomat in Business Negation from Harvard Business School.

Daoud Ghannam
Founder and CEO

Founder and CEO of uMake coworking space, Motivated to develop a better Ecosystem for startups in Palestine.

Organizing Team

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

  • Daoud
  • Reem
  • Nour
  • Salah
  • Mahmoud


Reem Qawasmi

Reem is the CFO - in Residence at Ibtikar Fund. Previously Reem worked as a management consultant for multiple startups in Palestine. She has nine years of experience in management consulting and assurance services. Reem is motivated by the way new ideas and innovations contribute to the well-being and development of people. She is not only passionate about growing new talents and innovative minds, but also she likes building networks that bring new value to all members and connect people to create new opportunities. Reem graduated with an MBA from Mays Business School – Texas A&M University in May 2017. Her interests include entrepreneurship, economic development, arts, sports, and pets.

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