The Mega Market Explorer Events and the GearUP workshops have been touring Europe since May with an impressive line-up of speakers and entrepreneurs from Europe and the Gulf region. The first two weeks in September was kicked off in Berlin and Brussels to engage European SMEs curious about the opportunities in the Gulf, as well as to train entrepreneurs in an intensive workshop.
Full house in Berlin
September has already been a busy month for EUGCC activities with startups and SMEs in Europe. The Mega Market Explorer event (former Startup GCC) attracted an engaged crowd to Rainmaking Loft in Berlin in the beginning of September. The event brought Mr. Abdelhameed Sharara, founder & CEO of Riseup Summit, Ali Ihzar Ahmed, Global Director of Sales & Operations of Carmudi and Mr. Oliver Alexander, partner in Alexander & Partners Law Firm to speak about how European entrepreneurs should look to the region for potential business.
Abdelhameed Sharara explained how the top entrepreneurial MENA cities both have different challenges and opportunities for European entrepreneurs, proving a holistic picture of the market opportunities. “Startups from Europe and MENA should start working on these 2 markets because they are closer and the same time zone”, he stated.
Mr. Ali Izhar Ahmed from Carmudi shared very hands on experience about how understanding the market was the key factor for entering the Gulf market. Carmudi is a Rocket Internet backed car e-commerce startup active in Qatar, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates. Following, attorney at law, Oliver Alexander, explained the legal and practical approach for a European company to start operations in the Gulf.
A good format
The event presents a mix of practical experience and theoretical background via its three experienced speakers. The interactive approach to the presentations gives the audience plenty of room to ask questions along the way. “I really liked the attendees questions, they asked a lot of questions and were curious to know more”, Abdelhameed Sharara stated. “The event was well-organised and the audience extremely interested in the subject matter, which resulted in good and intelligent questions. I like the interactive approach of the event giving both speakers and audience the opportunity to engage. I do hope that I can be part again in another event”, Oliver Alexander said after the event.
Mr. Abdelhameed Sharara and Oliver Alexander are both joining the Mega Market Explorer for the rest of European tour.
Brussels – early stage curiosity and bright futures
The Mega Market Explorer event in Brussels was held at Betacowork/ICap, one of the city’s most vibrant entrepreneurship hubs. In addition to hosting Abdelhameed Sharara, the event also invited Mr. John O’Rourke of the European External Action Service and local serial entrepreneur Nicolas Frenay to join the table, as a number of Brussels entrepreneurs came to get valuable knowledge to expand to the region. The three experts were able to provide targeted consulting and feedback to the attending entrepreneurs. “Very cool intro session to the MENA startup ecosystem with VentureScout last night”, said Steven Beeckman
Great connections made
The Mega Market Explorer events have brought together European SMEs, who have shown interest in the Gulf and MENA market, and important business connections to start engaging in trade in the region.
GearUP Workshops continue to deliver value across the regions
Since February VentureScout has been delivering 9 GearUP workshops in all of GCC as well in London, Berlin and Brussels. With expert trainer, Jordan Schlipf, over 500 entrepreneurs have been actively trained in building their businesses. Furthermore the workshops have been made available on SlidesLive and have been watched over 3000 times.
The Mega Market Explorer and GearUP Sessions are part of the EUGCC Trade & Business Corporation Facility. It consists of a consortium of valuable partners – the Federation of GCC Chambers, The Confederation of Danish Industries, BUSINESSEUROPE and Venturescout.
The project is funded by the EU Commission.