The activities of the “Al-Ahsa Forum for Tech Startups 2022” are underway

The activities of the Al-Ahsa Forum for Emerging Technology Companies “Start UpTech Al-Ahsa 2022”, organized by the Al-Ahsa Chamber represented by the Prince Ahmed bin Fahd bin Salman Center for Business Development “SANA” and the Council of Entrepreneurship, which started its second session, Wednesday, Wednesday – and its activities will last 3 days, in the presence of Mr. Abdulaziz Al-Mousa, Chairman of the Board of the Chamber, at the Makan Hotel in Al- Ahsa.

The inauguration saw the wide participation of many officials, experts, consultants, representatives of leading companies, facilitators and investment funds, as well as pioneers, entrepreneurs and innovators, contributing the best and finding solutions.

The exhibition of emerging projects has also been launched which accompanies the forum with its various pavilions and sections that bring together a series of financing, investment and potential topics for emerging projects, advice and training sections, meetings with investors and some models of innovation and emerging projects. .

During the opening speeches, Al-Mousa affirmed the interest and support of His Highness the Vice-Emir of Al-Sharqiya for the activities and programs of the “SANA” center, and the strengthening of its role in the encouragement of young people. to enter the world of entrepreneurship and emerging projects Accompany young people to transform their ideas and projects into emerging and innovative technological companies that promote sustainable development in order to achieve the objectives of Vision 2030.

thumbnail_As part of the entrepreneurship hackathon at the Forum

Mashari Al-Jabr, Chairman of the Chamber’s Entrepreneurship Council and General Supervisor, explained that the forum looks forward to benefitting over 5,000 participants, beneficiaries and visitors, 300 counseling and mentoring sessions, 40 business exhibitors and emerging projects, 15 round tables and workshops, as well as an entrepreneurial training camp and a specialized exhibition, with the participation of 5 government agencies and 10 co-sponsors.

For his part, Eng. Nasser Al-Yamani, director of the National Institute for Entrepreneurship of Al-Ahsa “Riyadah”, praised the relationship of partnership and cooperation with the Chamber, commending its initiatives and efforts in the field of entrepreneurship and the launch of the “Sana” Center, noting that the Hackathon saw the presentation of 250 business ideas and projects that were filtered into 82 start-up projects that will compete during the days of the forum to propose 10 business projects. winning companies, which are incubated and supported by the SANA center incubator.

As part of the forum’s program of activities on its first day, a. Abdul Rahman Al Mubarak, Senior Business Development Specialist at Thakaa Center, one of Monshaat’s Innovation Centers, attended a detailed definition of the services and initiatives of the Thakaa Center for Advanced Technologies and Innovation Stimulation, as well as at a workshop: Initial Market Models, presented by Eng. Mohammed Al-Rafei, Director of Development and Development at Fab Lab Al-Ahsa Center, the first digital manufacturing facility in Al-Ahsa.

thumbnail_Al-Jabr gives his speech at the forum
thumbnail_Chamber Al-Mousa delivers his speech at the opening of the forum

In addition to the Entrepreneurship Hackathon and Emerging Projects Expo, the forum will see expert advice and consultancy sessions, as well as workshops and open dialogue sessions, including the Unicorn Road session with A. Hamad Al-Bakr, CEO of Jahez International Company, a systematic session and venture capital venture with Professor Riyad Hamad Al-Zamil, Chairman of the National Committee for Entrepreneurship, as well as offers of investment opportunities and pitches from emerging tech entrepreneurs to investors.

It is worth noting that the forum is the most important event of the Prince Ahmed bin Fahd bin Salman Center for Enterprise Development “SANA” and the Council of the Chamber of Entrepreneurship, to provide means to support and help Al-Ahsa entrepreneurs and allow them to enter the field of emerging technological projects.

Sally J. Minick