MITEF KSA to mentor entrepreneurs in Riyadh

A workshop held by MITEF encourages male and female entrepreneurs to interact, discuss and participate in programs and competitions that would enrich the entrepreneurship environment in Saudi Arabia.
Updated 25 November 2019

MITEF KSA to mentor entrepreneurs in Riyadh

Within Riyadh Season, the MIT Enterprise Forum (MITEF) Saudi Arabia is preparing to launch a special event for entrepreneurs from Nov. 27 to 30 at the Riyadh Front Mall, and from Dec. 8 to 20 at the Riyadh Boulevard. 

The objective is to create an interactive platform to connect innovative entrepreneurs with top industry experts to coach and help them launch and develop their projects, and to foster the entrepreneurship culture in Saudi Arabia, in partnership with the nonprofit organization Tasamy, which will provide insights and mentorship for social enterprise ventures. 

MITEF aims to attract male and female entrepreneurs, university students and anyone interested in entrepreneurship in the Kingdom. It encourages them to interact, discuss and participate in programs and competitions that would enrich the entrepreneurship environment in Saudi Arabia. 

The event has three zones: The Dream zone for young entrepreneurs who need mentoring and coaching to translate their ideas into real projects; the Start zone for sharing successful startup stories; and the Inspire zone focusing on successful startups that aim to effect a substantial positive impact in society.

“By holding this event, MITEF Saudi Arabia aims to support Saudi youth to develop their ideas into real projects that help drive economic progress, promote the entrepreneurship culture, and inspire innovation across all business sectors within Saudi Arabia in line with Vision 2030. We cordially invite and welcome all entrepreneurs and stakeholders to participate in this week-long event at the Riyadh Front Mall and the Riyadh Boulevard to share ideas and discuss potential projects and opportunities. So, don’t miss it,” said Bayan Abdullah Algamdi, head of entrepreneurship programs at MITEF Saudi.

MITEF, part of MIT Enterprise Forum global network, in collaboration with Bab Rizq Jameel, an initiative of Community Jameel, has announced its fourth annual edition of the Saudi Startup Competition. Registration is open for all Saudi and non-Saudi entrepreneurs from all age-groups and business sectors on the official website of the competition and will continue until Dec. 21. The nine winning teams will be invited to participate in the 13th edition of MITEF Arab Startup Competition and awarded cash prizes totaling more than SR325,000 ($86,660).

MIT Enterprise Forum (MITEF) Saudi Arabia is part of a global network of chapters dedicated to the promotion of entrepreneurship and innovation worldwide. MITEF aims to inform, connect, and coach Saudi entrepreneurs — enabling them to transform ideas into world-changing companies.

Founded in 2015, MITEF aims to celebrate and support all potential startups and entrepreneurs in the Kingdom through the startups competition.


d3 to host Dubai’s first architecture festival in November

Updated 10 August 2020

d3 to host Dubai’s first architecture festival in November

Dubai Design District (d3) will host the inaugural d3 Architecture Festival in partnership with the Royal Institute of British Architects Gulf Chapter (RIBA Gulf Chapter), establishing the emirate’s first platform to showcase regional architecture, urbanism and sustainable development.

The inaugural edition of the festival is set to run from Nov. 11 to 13 on the sidelines of Dubai Design Week, held under the patronage of Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, chairperson of Dubai Culture and Arts Authority.

Curated with Juan Roldan, associate professor in the College of Architecture, Art & Design at the American University of Sharjah, under the theme “Identity, Context and Placemaking in the Gulf,” the festival will celebrate the achievements of architecture companies in d3, Dubai and the wider GCC region.

Showcasing landmark regional architectural projects, the event will host a series of talks to steer the Middle East toward a more sustainable future, and invite designers, architects and the general public to participate in daily charrettes. Dubai’s first architecture festival will kick off with an opening reception at Building 6, d3, on Nov. 11.

Khadija Al-Bastaki, executive director of d3, said: “Dubai has long been known as an architectural playground and the emirate’s limitless ambition has found expression in its ever-evolving skyline. As we carry on the process of rebuilding in the post-COVID-19 world, our relationship with the built and natural world has never been more important.

“In line with this priority, and recognizing that d3 has become a hub for the Middle East’s architecture community, we’re delighted to announce the launch of the d3 Architecture Festival 2020 in partnership with RIBA Gulf Chapter. While offering a platform for critical reflection on social, cultural and economic issues, it will also provide opportunities for new talent and bring the design community together to champion Dubai and the UAE as a hub for knowledge, creativity and innovation.”

RIBA Gulf Chapter Chair and Managing Partner of AMA Andy Shaw added: “The exhibition will feature models, drawings and projects from the most exciting architects working in the Gulf, such as Binchy and Binchy and Anarchitect who are founded by RIBA members. This event is a celebration of what has been achieved by architects in the region and, more importantly, what is to come from the emerging generation of local companies and graduating students.”