TechWadi Global Entrepreneurship Forum held for the first time in Beirut, hosted by the Olayan School of Business at AUB
The technology industry flourishes on the key contributions of Arab American professionals. In his speech at Cairo University, U.S. President Barack Obama announced a powerful vision: to promote the advancement of entrepreneurship and innovation throughout the developing world.
The TechWadi Global Entrepreneurship Forum was held on June 23 for the first time in Beirut at the Olayan School of Business (OSB) at the American University of Beirut, supported by partner Berytech Technological Pole. TechWadi is the leading networking association for Arab and Arab-American professionals in the technology industry.
The Forum emphasized accelerating entrepreneurship and venture capital in Lebanon and across the MENA region, and brought together distinguished individuals who are united in their vision to create a vibrant world-class entrepreneurial ecosystem. The forum also attracted a distinguished delegation led by the United States Department of State, including prominent business leaders, investors, and entrepreneurs seeking to expand cross-border ties with the MENA region.
Speakers at the conference addressed strategic topics, notably: the key role of mentors and incubators in building the support infrastructure for start-ups; the application of best practices in venture capital, such as managing multi-stage funds; and the opportunities for technology transfer and collaboration between the US and MENA. This conference offered opportunities for attendees to interact and network with local and international investors, executives, entrepreneurs, and policymakers.
The TechWadi Global Entrepreneurship Forum also integrated "live tweeting" from the individual conference sessions, using the twitter hash code #GEF2010. This innovative use of technology marks a new era of "real-time" communication at OSB that demonstrates to the region how innovation and technology will drive entrepreneurship initiatives forward.
TechWadi seeks to organize and facilitate access to mentorship, funding, and career opportunities for their members. Based in Silicon Valley, TechWadi reaches over 1,000 technology leaders in the United States and across the globe.
Berytech Technological Pole is a center dedicated to providing hi-tech hosting, incubation, skill training, and mentorship to nascent entrepreneurs, start-ups and small-medium enterprises. Besides physical incubation, Berytech also provides virtual incubation to a number of entities through networking, support, and training.
Building on over a century of prominence in business education, the Suliman S. Olayan School of Business is committed to providing quality undergraduate and graduate programs aimed at developing and enhancing global managerial leadership in the Middle East region and beyond.