Startup Weekend Sharjah

    Thursday, February 15 - 17, 2018

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Startup Weekend Sharjah

Thursday, February 15 - 17, 2018

Thursday, February 15 - 17, 2018
Event starts at 4:00 pm

Sheraa Hub
American university of Sharjah Housing D Block
Library Building
Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

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Startup Weekend Sharjah

About Techstars Startup Weekend: Techstars Startup Weekends are 54-hour events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs.  Beginning with Friday night pitches and continuing through brainstorming, business plan development, and basic prototype creation, Techstars Startup Weekends culminate in Sunday night demos and presentations.  Participants create working startups during the event and are able to collaborate with like-minded individuals outside of their daily networks. All teams hear talks by industry leaders and receive valuable feedback from local entrepreneurs. The weekend is centered around action, innovation, and education.  Whether you are looking for feedback on an idea, a co-founder, specific skill sets, or a team to help you execute, Techstars Startup Weekends are the perfect environment in which to test your idea and take the first steps towards launching your own startup.

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Thursday February 15th

4:00 pm
Participants Registration & Recieving Welcome Packages

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

6:30 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

7:10 pm
Announcing Shortlisted Ideas
Judges announce shortlisted ideas

8:00 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 February 16th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

1:00 pm

2:00 pm
Workshop Session: Business Model Canvas

3:00 pm
Workshop Session: Market Research

4:00 pm
Building an MVP

4:45 pm
Workshop Session : IBM Cloud

5:30 pm
Mentors on rotation
Tiberieu Lacomi - The Improbable Agency| Milind Singh - Rise| Mashaal Waqar - The Tempest| Kamal Mugahid - Du Innovation| Walied Al Basheer - Inbound| Asim Janjua - ConSensys| Mahitan Hassan - IBM| Areej Essa - IBM| Worood Dabbas - IBM|

Saturday February 17th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Workshop Session : Pitch Training

11:00 am
Mentors on Rotation

1:00 pm

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

6:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!

Coaches and Mentors

Asim Janjua

Asim is an adaptive, passionate and empathetic creative thinker skilled at driving human centered design for mobile and web standards. A design thinking enthusiast, Asim specializes in delightful user experiences, visual and interaction design, complimented with brand development and creative strategy. Combining impeccable design, complex innovation and technology with technical sensibility.

Asim is the Chief Experience Officer (CxO) and founder at a small independent design consultancy working with private equity / venture capital firms and startups on cutting-edge ideas, products and services.

Asim is a Design Sprint Lead with the Google Experts network as a UX / UI specialist.

In 2014 Asim took a sabbatical from Google to serve as an Acumen Global Fellow. Acumen is a nonprofit, that invests in companies, leaders and ideas that change how the world tackles poverty. After training in New York, Asim was assigned by Acumen for one year at a microfinance institution that focused on poverty alleviation for rural low-income farmers in remote Pakistan.

Tiberiu Iacomi
Chief Probability Officer - The Improbable Agency

An expert in Business Communication, Tiberiu Iacomi is titled as the "Chess Player in the world of communications and business strategy.Bringing in great global experience having worked in 4 countries is fields of Data Analytics, EdTech and Entrepreneurship. 

Tiberiu in 2015 founded his company The Improbable Agency, a communication and business strategy agency for challenger and disruptive brands. The agency been working with more than 30 companies from 3 continents and 6 different industries - ranging from e-commerce to IT and up to digital media and edtech. IKEA, Dubai World Trade Center, Sheraa are amongst the many disruptive brands the agency has been working with.

Along with that Tiberiu's diverse portfolio includes being a mentor at 1776, Host at the AfterHour show, Contributing writer at Inc. Arabia and much more. 

Kamal Mugahid

Du Innovation

Mahitab Hassan
IBM Advocate


Worood Dabbas


Areej Essa


Mashal Waqar
CTO & Co-founder | The Tempest

Mashal Waqar is the co-founder and CTO of The Tempest, the fastest growing online media company for diverse women in the world. She is a fierce advocate of accessibility, diversity, and inclusion, and has been awarded the "Young Leader of the Year" at the 19th WIL Economic Forum and the the 2017 President’s Cup for her work. She previously worked on Deaf accessibility initiatives at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), Dubai campus, and is currently leading the accessibility pivot at The Tempest. The Tempest has been awarded by Forbes for media this year, and is quickly growing to become a household name, by building a loyal audience with over 3 million monthly readers. Waqar strongly believes in empowering women and bringing their voices to the forefront; her prior work experience comes from transitioning in roles in cyber security, digital marketing, and tech while working for various startups. Waqar graduated from RIT with a degree in Computing Security and minors in International Business & NSSA. 

Milind Singh


Walied Albasheer
Founder & CEO, Stationery Inc.

Walied is an Intrapreneur turned entrepreneur after years of experience in E-business innovation, corporate strategy & startup management . He has significant exposure in Product Development, E-Business, Digital Media, Enterprise Architecture, Technology Transformation, Project Management, Enterprise Performance Management, Management Information System & Customer Relationship Management. Walied have worked in UAE, GCC, Middle East, Europe & Far east, with industries such as government, tourism, hospitality, real estate, sports, events, finance, aviation, marketing agency .

Organizing Team

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

  • Naser
    Al Sughaiyer
  • Najla
    Al Ansari
  • Lubna
  • Sali
    El Agab
  • Sali


Sudeep Dsouza
Operations Manager, Inforica FZE

Sudeep is a startup enthusiast and has experience in setting up and operating software development and services companies. He has done many startup weekends in India and the Middle East over the last 10 years. 

Mohamed Nawaz Muallim
Managing Editor | trift

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