New ‘German Desk’ to be set up at Jeddah chamber

The Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) and the Delegate of German-Saudi Arabian Liaison Office for Economic Affairs (GESALO) have signed an agreement to establish a “German Desk” at the JCCI.
Updated 17 July 2019

New ‘German Desk’ to be set up at Jeddah chamber

The Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) and the Delegate of the German-Saudi Arabian Liaison Office for Economic Affairs (GESALO) have signed an agreement to establish a “German Desk” at the JCCI.

GESALO, the official representative of the German industry in the Kingdom, will staff the desk with a professional trade expert. GESALO is part of the network of German chambers abroad and has been operating in the Kingdom as a not-for-profit entity for more than 40 years.

JCCI President Mohammad Naghi welcomed the Jeddah-based “German Desk.” 

Oliver Oehms, GESALO delegate, said the “German Desk” would add to the efforts of the main office in Riyadh and the “German Desk” in Dammam. 

“Personal contacts matter. Therefore, our expectations are high that the presence of full-time staff will take the bilateral business relations to a new level,” he said. 

German Consul General in Jeddah Holger Ziegeler said: “German companies have a lot to offer to their Saudi Arabian counterparts. This is true especially for the many specialized medium-sized champions or Mittelstand companies.”

One of the first tasks of the new “German Desk” will be to organize an incoming delegation of German CEOs from the logistics sector.


5th MITEF Saudi Startup Competition kicks off

Updated 17 September 2020

5th MITEF Saudi Startup Competition kicks off

The MIT Enterprise Forum Saudi Arabia, part of MIT Enterprise Forum global network, announced the launch of registration for the MITEF Saudi Startup Competition under the slogan “Innovate, Inspire, Connect.” A fully digital version that simulates a real event, this year’s competition is held in challenging atmospheres in light of the global health crisis, and the competition’s commitment to continue supporting entrepreneurs in Saudi Arabia to overcome the current challenges, and promoting innovation processes in the Kingdom.

Registration for the 5th edition opened on Sept. 15 through the competition website, and will continue until Dec. 10. Saudi and non-Saudi entrepreneurs of all ages and economic sectors can apply to participate within one of the three contest tracks: Ideas track, startups track, and the social enterprises track, according to the terms of the competition.

Hassan Jameel, president Saudi Arabia, Community Jameel, said: “The MITEF Saudi Startup Competition continues to be a hugely significant annual event, attracting thousands of entrepreneurs from across the Kingdom. Given the current global challenges, our mission to support young Saudi talent and to help small businesses develop, is now more important than ever. I would strongly encourage entrepreneurs from all sectors to register for what promises to be another outstanding event.”

Since its launch in 2015, the MITEF Saudi Startup Competition has succeeded in attracting more than 7,500 participants from all over the Kingdom, establishing more than 45 startup projects, training more than 260 entrepreneurs and creating more than 110 job opportunities through the startups. The winners received a total of SR1.6 million ($426,500) in the form of free investments. In the Startup Investment Forum, which was held during the 4th edition of the MITEF Saudi Startup Competition over a period of three days, the event hosted 65 innovative startups from around the world, including the UAE, Egypt, Lebanon, Turkey, Greece, and Poland, in addition to 27 innovative startups participating in the MITEF Saudi Startup Competition 2019-2020.

The MITEF Saudi Startup Competition is organized by the MIT Enterprise Forum (MITEF) Saudi Arabia, a branch of MIT Enterprise Forum global network, in collaboration with Bab Rizq Jameel, an initiative of Community Jameel. The competition aims to promote and enrich the entrepreneurial environment in Saudi Arabia by supporting and celebrating all startups and entrepreneurs in the Kingdom.