STARTS- 10:00 UTC/GMT +2
ENDS- 18:00 UTC/GMT +2

The International Conference on Entrepreneurship- Palestine

December 14, 2021

Live, from Bethlehem

10:00 AM Keynote Messages
A message from the Co-Chairs: “Paving the Road to MENA”

 

Special Message from HE Dr. Mohammad Shtayyeh, Prime Minister, State of Palestine
Keynote Message from Prof. Klaus Schwab, Founder & Chairman, World Economic Forum

Panel

  • Steffi Czerny, Senior Advisor, Hubert Burda Media
  • Samer Khoury, Chairman, Consolidated Contractors Co.
  • Hashim Shawa, Chairman, Bank of Palestine Group
  • Mirek Dusek, Head of Europe, Eurasia, and the Middle East, Member of the Executive Committee, World Economic Forum

Moderated by Ambar Amleh, Managing Partner, Ibtikar Fund

11:00 AM This session is hosted by the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Innovative Private Sector Development Project (IPSD)
Regional Perspectives on Mobilizing Investments at a Crossroad

 

  • Saed Nashef, Founding Partner, Raed VC
  • Youssef Habesch, Country Representative, International Finance Corporation (IFC)
  • Laith Kassis, Managing Director, Fikra-PalTel Group Innovation Hub
  • Nicola Stefan, Managing Partner, Invest Palestine
  • Tammer Qaddumi, Founding Partner, VentureSouq

Moderated by Lina Fattom, Director, Innovative Private Sector Development Project (IPSD)

11:50 AM Crowd voting
Startup pitches

 

Two startups will pitch to the ICEP audience and a public poll will be shared to grade the idea and performance of the founders, at the end of the day, three startups will be announced winners.

Prizes:

  • 3,000 $ [First place winner]
  • 2,000 $ [Second place winner]
  • 1,000 $ [Third place winner]
12:00 PM This session is hosted by Intersect Innovation Hub
Enabling the Innovation Ecosystem in Palestine

 

  • H.E Usama Sadawi, Minister of Entrepreneurship and Empowerment, State of Palestine
  • Kanthan Shankar, Country Director, World Bank
  • Alan El Kadhi, Director Gaza Sky Geeks, Mercy Corps
  • Marwan Tarazi, Continuing Education, Bir Zeit University
  • Mona Demaidi, PhD, Co-managing Director, Girls in Tech

Moderated by Rateb Rabi, Managing Director, Intersect Innovation Hub

12:50 PM Crowd voting
Startup pitches

 

Two startups will pitch to the ICEP audience and a public poll will be shared to grade the idea and performance of the founders, at the end of the day, three startups will be announced winners.

Prizes:

  • 3,000 $ [First place winner]
  • 2,000 $ [Second place winner]
  • 1,000 $ [Third place winner]
1:00 PM Listening to the Youth
Roundtable with Global Shapers, Palestine Hubs

 

  • Mohammed Alfarra, Curator Gaza Hub, Global Shapers. Program Officer - Gaza SkyGeeks
  • Adnan Jaber, Curator East Jerusalem Hub, Global Shapers. Co-founder - Yalla Reyada
  • Hamdi Hato, Curator Ramallah Hub, Global Shapers. Specialist Environment Engineer
  • Ameer Saqf Al-Hiet, Curator Nablus Hub, Global Shapers. Supply Chain & Purchasing Specialist

Moderated by Hani Alami, Founder, East Jerusalem JEST Hub

1:50 PM Crowd voting
Startup pitches

 

Two startups will pitch to the ICEP audience and a public poll will be shared to grade the idea and performance of the founders, at the end of the day, three startups will be announced winners.

Prizes:

  • 3,000 $ [First place winner]
  • 2,000 $ [Second place winner]
  • 1,000 $ [Third place winner]
2:00 PM Listening to the Entrepreneurs
Palestinian Startups: Expanding to the MENA Region

 

  • Rowan Alwai, Founder, Amal
  • Sondos Mleitat, Founder, Hakini
  • Majdi Mafarja, Founder, LogesTechs
  • Mohammad Musleh, Senior Technical Advisor, Ministry of Entrepreneurship and Empowerment

Moderated by Habib Hazzan, Managing Partner, Ibtikar Fund.

2:50 PM Crowd voting
Startup pitches

 

Two startups will pitch to the ICEP audience and a public poll will be shared to grade the idea and performance of the founders, at the end of the day, three startups will be announced winners.

Prizes:

  • 3,000 $ [First place winner]
  • 2,000 $ [Second place winner]
  • 1,000 $ [Third place winner]
3:00 PM Palestine as a Hub
Testimonials from International Companies

 

  • Ziyad Hanna, Corporate Vice President, Cadence Design Systems
  • Luke Fryer, Founder & CEO, HARRI.com
  • Tamer Baransi, Chairman, Palestinian IT Association

Moderated by Yehya Shunar, CEO, The Portland Trust

3:50 PM Crowd voting
Startup pitches

 

Two startups will pitch to the ICEP audience and a public poll will be shared to grade the idea and performance of the founders, at the end of the day, three startups will be announced winners.

Prizes:

  • 3,000 $ [First place winner]
  • 2,000 $ [Second place winner]
  • 1,000 $ [Third place winner]
4:00 PM This session is hosted by the World Economic Forum
The future of the Middle East and North Africa’s start-ups

 

  • Khalfan Belhoul, Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Future Foundation, UAE
  • Khalid Al Rumaihi, Chief Executive Officer, Mumtalakat, Bahrain 
  • Fadi Ghandour, Executive Chairman, Wamda Capital, UAE
  • Teresa Belardo, Community lead, World Economic Forum

Mirek Dusek, Head of Europe, Eurasia and the Middle East, Member of the Executive Committee, World Economic Forum

4:50 PM Crowd voting
Startup pitches

 

Two startups will pitch to the ICEP audience and a public poll will be shared to grade the idea and performance of the founders, at the end of the day, three startups will be announced winners.

Prizes:

  • 3,000 $ [First place winner]
  • 2,000 $ [Second place winner]
  • 1,000 $ [Third place winner]
5:00 PM The case for Palestine
Remote Working Trends in a Post – Pandemic World
  • Jumana Mwafi, VP, Engineering, Synopsis
  • Lama Nachman, Intel Fellow, Intel Labs
  • Seth Levine, Managing Director, Foundry Group
  • Muhannad Kanaan, Chairman, PalTechUs

Moderated by Anwar Awad, President, Akrostar

6:00 PM Closing
Startup-pitches winners announcements and Closing remarks

About ICEP 3.0

Based on the success of the first conference held in Bethlehem 2019, and the second virtual conference in 2020, where a multitude of business connections were developed and increasing interest by international technology companies and investors in the Palestinian Entrepreneurial and Technology ecosystem continues to be evident.

The third virtual conference is under the theme: Palestine: Paving the Silicon Road to MENA Region

With the youth in Palestine making up 70% of the population with a literacy rate of over 90% and a continued supply of top-notch engineering talent, Palestine is poised to become a hub for the knowledge and information economy with a special niche in outsourcing & Arabic Content Start-Ups with a link to the MENA region.

Keynote speakers

The International Conference on Entrepreneurship- Palestine 2021 kicks off with speeches by world leaders and true changemakers.

Prof. Klaus Schwab

Founder and Executive Chairman at World Economic Forum, Switzerland Geneva

H.E. Dr. Mohammad Shtayyeh

Prime Minister of the State of Palestine