The UAE-based entrepreneurs at GES-2016

The Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2016 showcases inspiring start-up entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley from June 22-24

Speed networking, inspirational TED-style talks and a great deal of coffee and Tweeting is sure to fuel the seventh eagerly anticipated instalment of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2016 (GES). 

Set in sunshine filled Silicon Valley in San Francisco, the innovation marketplace is a growing hub for start-up entrepreneurs pioneered by US President Barack Obama. 

In 2012, the summit was held in Dubai and was 'a path that will be followed by others,' said His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the UAE’s Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, at the time. 

That path aims to connect over 700 young entrepreneurs who are eager to create value and solutions in response to social needs, with over 300 investors. A wide range of workshops, panels, ignite talks, pitch competitions, mentoring, and networking sessions aim to give participants tailored opportunities to gain skill and relationships that will help their ventures grow.

'I say to the youth that you deserve to be the first and better, and the future can be made only by leaders, and history can be changed by courageous people only,' he said.

The young business leaders of the UAE have taken note, and there is a strong contingent of Dubai-based entrepreneurs taking part at this year's Summit who were selected from more than 5,000 entrepreneurs from across the world. Some of the stand out applications included:

Faisal Al Hammadi The CEO of Slices, a company that is contributing to the improvement of the health of the next generation through offering balanced meals and nutritional education programs.

Amr Hussein The Egyptian founder of Koshk Comics founded a website for comic artists to connect and self-publish digital comics.

Sima Najjar A Jordanian who founded, an Arabic online social platform featuring 'How to' videos in Arabic that are targeted at women.

Trabelsi Rebaï Hamida A Tunisian software developer whose startup, AlloTabib, allows patients to easily find a doctor and book an appointment online.

Shereen Tawfiq The first Saudi female corporate banker to work at Banque Saudi and the first Saudi woman to participate in an expedition in Antarctica. HSe founded Initiativex, a business training company.

One of the principal goals of GES is to increase the opportunities available to promising entrepreneurs from around the world through access to capital and mentorship, said US Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker.

'By welcoming an unprecedented number of investors to this year's GES, we are able to achieve this goal and showcase the talent, solutions and opportunity that exist around the world directly to investors.'