RAS AL KHAIMAH, FEB. 8-12, 2018
Unit 12, 29th floor Julphar Towers Offices, RAK, UAE

Seaside Startup Summit is a non-formal startup event organized in a form of a tent camp. The first Summit was held in 2016 at the shore of Lake Sevan, Armenia. SSS 2017 gathered more than 2000 participants and guests from 23 countries of the world


After the success of the event we are going to the international level and in 2018 the summit will be held in different locations. The aim of the Summit is to create a new platform for the cooperation of the startups and investors across all over the globe.


The first Seaside Startup Summit outside of Armenia is organized by Startup Armenia Foundation together with the RAK Incubation and Accelerator based on the memorandum of understanding signed in the October of 2017.


Seaside Startup Summit UAE. Ras al Khaimah will be held from 8-12th of February at Al-Marjan Island, Ras Al Khaimah. The applications for the startups and investors are now open.


400-500 participants will be hosted during the Summit, also 1200-1500 guests are expected. The number of participating startups will be up to 50. The predetermined prize fund is $50,000 which may increase based on the additional corporate battles.


Lifestyle: During the whole period of the Summit all the participants share common lifestyle while living in tents. By overcoming non-urban problems, they get closer and find new members for their teams.


CoWorking: In the area of the Summit you can find a CoWoking space, where the participants work together and try to cooperate with giving solutions to each other problems.


Matching Sessions: The startups get a chance to have matching sessions with the investors. Based on the interest of the investor they will be suggested o meet the startups and discuss the possibilities of cooperation.


Group Work: All the workshops contain group activities. While doing the assignments proposed by the experts, the participants get a chance to know each other better and at the same time, acquire new skills. This is a part of the teambuilding program designed to help the startups to overcome further hardships.

Workshops:Workshops were part of the educational program. Trainers and professionals invited from different countries hold training sessions and help the startups to better understand where they are, what they needed and what they want.


CampFire Talks:It is a non-formal talk held around the campfire within the squad. The speakers are founders of fortunate startups or professionals who want to share their knowledge and success stories with the participants.

Brand Battles:This is a special type of battle organized mainly for those startups which operate within particular field (Tourism, Education, Agriculture, Food and Healthy lifestyle, Healthcare etc.).


Big Battle:This is the battle organized for all the participating startups regardless of the field of their activities. The differentiation was done based on their stages of development. The money prizes for the winners are different based on the decision of the jury.


CampFire Pitch:The activity is designed for Business stage startups, who are looking for possibilities to scale the business and enter new markets. It is a unique chance for the business stage startups to present their pitches to the investors and get funding right at the moment.

Beach time:One of the reasons to organize the Summit close to water basin, is strongly connected to the possibility to organize beach parties and various sport activities, such as volleyball, football, surfing, etc.


Disco:Night discos are inseparable part of daily activities. This is not only a mean of leisure, but also a great tool for socialization.

Saif Al Jaibeji
Dr. Saif Al Jaibeji is a physician and senior healthcare executive with extensive work experience. He is the founder of the Institute of HealthCare Research in Dubai affiliated at Cambridge Academy for Higher Education. Dr. Saif Al Jaibeji focuses on health investment, pharmaceutical and healthcare research & consulting and regional health insurance industry.
RAK  Incubator & Accelerator
Shahram Hashemi
Mr. Shahram Hashemi is a Group Director of Strategy & Events at RAKEZ. Mr. Hashemi focuses on development of short-term & long-term business strategies for the free zone and also manages direct investments of RAK FTZ (Ras Al Khaimah Free Trade Zone Authority) and the government of Ras AL Khaimah. He has over 14 years of international private equity and investment banking experience from top-tier global institutions.
Group Director of Strategy & Events RAK Economic Zone
Jesus Lozano
Jesus Lozano is a successful entrepreneur with 19 years management experience focusing on Internet strategies start-ups and global development, with over 85M€ in exits of founded startups. As a BA Jesus Lozano focuses on investment opportunities in B2B Applications, Internet 4.0, and IoT companies. Mr. Lozano helds position at Silicon Seeds as a Founder & Investor and at Que quiao Pei as a BA & Board Member. In addition, he is also a Strategic Independent Consultant at European Commission.
BA and Strategic
Dana Horska
Dana is a Venture Capital and Tech leader with skills of executing deals, structuring investment strategies and managing portfolio companies. Currently she is overseeing the strategic investments and partnerships at twofour54, an Abu Dhabi government based free zone that aims to develop and grow the media ecosystem in the UAE. Dana has supported more than 100s of startups in the region and worked closely with over 20 early and growth stage companies in the investment portfolio.
Associate Investment
Narek Vardanyan is a Founder at the Crowdfunding Formula and the author of “57 Secrets of Crowdfunding”. Narek is among the top crowdfunders in the world. During his trainings and master classes, he shares tips on having a successful crowdfunding and creating a loyal network through implementing simple steps.
Crowdfunding Formula
Manuk Hergnyan
Manuk has over 15 years of experience in consulting, management and entrepreneurship. He is a Co-Founder and Managing partner at Granatus Ventures. Mr. Hergnyan is also the Managing partner of EV Consulting and the founding chairman of the Economy and Values (EV) research Centre, a partner institute of the World Economic Forum
Co-Founder and Managing  partner
Granatus Ventures
Mai Medhat
Mai Medhat is the CEO and co-founder of Eventtus; an online platform and mobile app for events planning, networking and ticketing. Ms. Medhat is an Endeavor Entrepreneur. She studied computer engineering and worked in different startups before founding Eventtus which allowed her to use different technologies and play many roles. She is passionate about technology, startups, travel and events.
Erkki Aaltonen
Mr. Aaltonen has more than 15 years of diversified experience in various investment and corporate development roles in venture capital and telecommunication businesses. He is a seasoned executive in venture financing and acceleration of innovative growth companies globally. Board member and advisor for several innovative startups and also a business angel/investor. Mr. Aaltonen has held several key roles at startAD, KAUST Innovation Fund, VTT Ventures, Nokia and Nokia Ventures.
Executive Director
Omar Al Hadidi
Omar is a Senior Entrepreneur Manager at Eureeca, the first global equity crowdfunding platform, which enables members of investor network, who range from casual and angel investors to institutional firms, to buy shares in growth-oriented businesses, while providing operational businesses with crucial access to capital. Omar holds and MBA from American University of Sharjah.
Senior Curation Manager
Hambardzum Kaghketsyan
Hambardzum Kaghketsyan is a partner at SmartGateVC, which a Silicon Valley seed venture capital fund. He has extensive knowledge in the space of finance and philanthropic work. Hambardzum has three years of experience working at World Bank Group as a consultant and one year working at Draper University as EIR. Starting from 2017, he is also a lecturer at American University of Armenia.
Partner at
Hisham Safadi
Dr. Hisham Safadi is an entrepreneurship, qualified dentist, knowledgeable lecturer and motivational coach, experienced medical facility manager and an accomplished health care insurance and investment professional with extensive experience. Currently he is a CEO and Co-Founder at RAK Incubator and Accelerator, which is dedicated to build Entrepreneurship Unique Eco-System with cutting-edge solutions to enhance startup culture and knowledge in Ras Al Khaimah.
 RAK Incubator & Accelerator
Morrad Irsane
Mr. Irsane is a Co-Founder of Meltoo, which is a social network for buying and selling products in various categories, such as home furnishings, kids stuff, mobiles, fashion, rentals, and used cars. Mr. Irsane has an extensive experience as a startup speaker motivator: was a panelist at Forbes ME event
Dr. Abdul Halim Jallad
Dr. Abdul Halim Jallad is a director of Center of Information, Communication and Networking Education and Innovation (ICONET) at American University of Ras Al Khaimah. Abdul-Halim M. Jallad received the PhD degree from the University of Surrey in 2009, and the BEng degree in from the University of Kent, Canterbury, United Kingdom, in 2003 after receiving several academic achievement prizes. He was awarded with the Jordan Engineers Association prize for innovative young engineers in 2011.
Director Iconet Center at American University of Ras Al Khaimah
Dr. Mussaad Al- Razouki
Dr. Razouki is the current Chief Business Development Officer of Kuwait Life Sciences Company (KLSC) where he is responsible for identifying new business opportunities for all KLSC subsidiary companies as well as sourcing investments opportunities for KLSC's 50 mn USD investment fund. Dr. Razouki is a regional thought leader within the Middle East life sciences industry having himself shifted from an excellence in clinical practice and research to the management and financing of healthcare systems.
Chief Business Development Officer
Kuwait Life Sciences Company
Vineet Budki
Mr. Vineet Budki is the Founder of Guiddoo World Travels Pvt Ltd. Mr. Budki looks after the Strategy and Alliances function in Guiddoo and has been instrumental in building key pipeline B2B customers and developing a detailed customer and product strategy at Guiddoo. He has been in the startup space for the last 5 years having creating Videocon d2h Online, the biggest DTH Ecommerce play in India and been part of the Core Team of Paytronic Networks an Odessey Capital backed entity that provides Mobile Recharge distribution to Retailers. He has also been part of Global companies like Emirates Airlines, (Rocket Internet) and Tata Consultancy Services. Mr. Budki holds an MBA from IE Business School and Cornel university.
Founder and CEO
Anil Chhikara
Anil is a serial entrepreneur and a well-regarded startup mentor in the Indian startup ecosystem. Anil was the anchor judge for Haywards 5000 Haunslay ki Udaan, India's First Startup Reality TV Show and the official startup coach for The Vault Show. Anil has judged over 600 startups in the last 24 months.
The Serial Entrepreneur and Anchor Judge
Dmitry Chumak
Dmitry is a public speaker, oratory skills and voice trainer, TV and radio presenter from Russia. Dmitry is also a lecturer in the Department of Journalism at Togliatti State University. During his trainings and master classes, he generously shares tips on how to prepare and present effective and inspiring speech. With more than 15 years of experience in public speaking, he is a master in organizing informative and productive workshops so that the participants get some practical knowledge essential for expanding their future prospects.
Public speaker, oratory
skills and voice trainer
Philip Bahoshy
Philip Bahoshy is the Founder and CEO of MAGNiTT, an online MENA Startup ecosystem that connects Entrepreneurs with Investors, Mentors and Co-Founders. Philip holds an MBA degree from INSEAD and a BSc in Economics from the London School of Economics. Prior to MAGNiTT, Philip worked at Oliver Wyman in the Financial Services practice for three years, followed by nearly three years at Barclays Wealth working as Chief of Staff to the CEO advising on strategic initiatives.
Nabra Al Busaidi
Nabra Al Busaidi has joined Young Arab Leaders in 2017 with a background in Commercial and Mergers and Acquisition Law. Nabra is managing long term relations with ecosystem partners and governmental organizations/entities and focuses on the development of the budget and operational plans of the organization.
Executive Director
Young Arab Leaders
Hasan Haider
Hasan Haider is a Partner at 500 Startups, one of the most active Venture Capital firms in the world, based in Silicon Valley, with 1,700+ investments in 50+ countries and $330m in AuM. Mr. Haider is also the CEO and founder of Tenmou, the first business angel’s organisation in Bahrain and one of the first in the MENA region, and a founding member of the MENA Angel Investors Network (MAIN), an association of all the active angel investment groups in the region. Mr. Haider has invested in 40 innovative startups in the MENA region and looks to continue investing in seed stage startups across the region.
500 startups
Todd Fabacher
Experienced Chief Executive Officer with an extensive history of working in the computer software industry for over 25+ years. Skilled in App and Web development on a global scale. Mr. Fabacher is a CEO at Digital Pomegranate, which is one of the largest tech companies in Armenia. Prior to Digital Pomegranate, Todd Fabacher held positions at Airbus as a Production Engineer and Software Programer, at Aveda Corporation as a Partner and Lead Programmer for SalonBiz, at Mel S. Harris & Associates, LLC as a CIO.
Chief Executive Officer
Digital Pomegranate
Lamine Talakela
Lamine is a Founder and CEO of Consulting Time which is a french dynamic company, founded in 2011, specialized in digital communication solutions ( telecommunications consulting, associated services, IT and digital strategy). Lamine is also a speaker at
Entrepreneur, digital expert, speaker - Startup.Live/Consulting TIME
Abdul-Aziz M. Buali
Abdul-Aziz M. Buali is the Regional Director at Celadon, which provides full range of custom software development to different kind of businesses. Celadon has an extensive experience in creating applications that improve efficiency, cut business costs, and solve a variety of tasks
Regional Director Celadon
Venture Capital &
Private Equity
Silicon Valley Seed
Venture Capital Fund
500 Startups
is a Venture Capital Firm
.....Due to the concept of the Seaside Startup Summit, each event will host about 70% of local and 30% of international startups. All the applied startups will pass the same selection process. However, additional criteria for the international startups will be applied due to the regional particularities and market orientation of the applicants. Members of startups are expected to cover transportation and visa costs for themselves.
What is SSS UAE?
It’s a tent camp business forum, where the startups, that have passed the selection process will take part in the event. They will attend workshops, meet investors and take part in startup battles.
What will I get?
In the tents at Al Marjan island, Ras al Khaimah, UAE. Tents and sleeping bags are provided by the organizers.
Are there any participation fees?
No. Some on-spot tickets for guests will be available.
Where will we stay?
In the tents at Al Marjan island, Ras al Khaimah, UAE. Tents and sleeping bags are provided by the organizers.
Is the food provided?
Yes, the food is provided to the groups (20-25 people in each). Each group cooks for themselves.
What do I need to bring with me?
Bring what you’ll need for staying 5 days in a tent. You’ll need a laptop to work on your projects.
Is there any age limitation?
No, but if you’re under 18, we’ll need parent’s permission.
Should we stay all 5 days?
Yes, it’s mandatory. Participants can leave the territory only in case of emergencies.
Do you provide visa support?
We can send you an invitation, which you can present to the embassies.
Do you provide transportation?
We can send you an invitation, which you can present to the embassies.
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