Entrepreneur’s Conclave to focus on start-ups

By: Hasan Kamoonpuri

MUSCAT: Ever since the SMEs Development Symposium at Seih al Shamikhat (January 21 to 23, 2013) happened a number of initiatives from different quarters are surfacing for the promotion of this sector. The latest in this series is the 2nd edition of ‘Entrepreneur’s Conclave’ (May 9), aimed at enhancing trade and cooperation between startups and corporate houses. Experiment Events, an event organiser, said it will be held as a two-part series, the first at the picturesque Jebal Akhdar on May 9 and second as part of the Grand Finale Business networking lunch on May 24, at Grand Hyatt Muscat.

This is a unique annual initiative that is held to enhance trade and cooperation between startups and corporates based in Oman and it aims at finding the most promising entrepreneurs of the nation. A series of ambitious workshops and matchmaking events for such startups in Oman is slated to take place within the next two months along with an exciting mountain hike, which is a key highlight.

Zameel Ameen, Managing Director, Experiment Events, said: “With a stricter selection process and an extensive format unlike last year, we look forward to making this year’s ‘Entrepreneur’s Conclave’ even more exciting, competitive and rigorous to bring out the best in entrepreneurs. Hence the idea of having such an activity is to help provide young entrepreneurs with increased access to networking, mentoring, platform to connect with investors and efficient instruments for the realisation of their business projects.”

There will be 20 candidates selected based on the eligibility criteria which will be decided by a jury panel along with an audit organisation supporting the judging. The 20 candidates will then team up with expertise entrepreneur/ mentors from Oman for a challenging activity, which will include a mountain hiking experience.

They will together tackle real-time case studies to improve the business models of startups in Jebal Akhdar. From there, nine finalists will be shortlisted who will then go through a series of mentoring session by the selected senior entrepreneurs before they showcase their existing business to a set of investors / corporates and government funding organization at grand finale in Muscat.

SOURCE: OMAN DAILY OBSERVER

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