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15 episodes

Oct 18, 2021

How to build a global events platform with Eventtus founder 

Today’s episode is with Mai Medhat, the CEO and co-founder of Eventtus; an events engagement platform and the leading event technology company in the Middle East. Eventtus was recently acquired in July 2021 by Bevy, a California-based enterprise software startup for virtual conferences and community events. Mai is an Egyptian tech entrepreneur who co-founded Eventtus with a mission to mobilize events after a personal experience at some events that used to be managed manually. The company raised +4M in VC funding and is successfully serving 20,000+ events in 60+ cities. Mai was named “Entrepreneur of the Year" by Arabian Business in 2016 and she has been recognized by the Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2016 as one of the most promising entrepreneurs and was invited to represent Middle East startups in an iconic panel with Former President Barack Obama and Mark Zuckerberg, Founder of Facebook. Eventtus was named Startup of the year in 2017 by Entrepreneur Middle East Magazine. We talk about the following and so much more: ✅ How Mai decided to create an events platform company ✅ How she connected with her co-founder and their journey to product market fit ✅ How she built an innovative event technology platform using data and collecting inputs from the market ✅ The recent acquisition by Bevy, and the experience ✅ How she keeps herself motivated and how she handles adversity Stay tuned for upcoming episodes with startup founders in the Middle East and North Africa! Please tag us and tell us what you learned. We’d greatly appreciate a review if you are enjoying these conversations.

Oct 11, 2021

The future of online learning in the MENA region with Hamdi Tabbaa 

In this conversation, Yasmeen speaks with Hamdi Tabbaa, the co-founder and CEO of Abwaab. Abwaab is an online learning platform that allows students to learn at their own pace, test themselves and get ahead with expert tutors anytime and anywhere. By offering short, engaging video lessons, visualized learning journeys, continuous assessment and performance analytics, they are changing the way students learn outside the classroom. Previously, Hamdi was the General Manager at Uber for MENA in the Levant & GCC. Under his leadership, he grew the business and worked with the government to pass ride-sharing regulations in Jordan, the first of their kind across the region. Before that, he established the specialty grocery store Dukkan, becoming one of the first in Jordan to introduce organized retail at a neighborhood level. We talk about: Why he decided to start an online education platform How education has changed globally and in the MENA region Their competitive advantage and why he decided to tackle this industry How the industry evolved during the pandemic The future product roadmap, and how he continues to preserve through the difficult moments You can find more information about Hamdi here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/hamditabbaa Stay tuned for upcoming episodes with startup founders in the Middle East and North Africa! Please tag us and tell us what you learned. We’d greatly appreciate a review if you are enjoying these conversations.

Oct 3, 2021

The search for a personalized health and well-being all in one health technology solution  

What do you do when it feels like there are no solutions to manage your own health? In this episode, I interview the prolific Nadine Karadag, where we learn about her search for health and wellbeing which led her to launch Valeo, the latest startup in Dubai’s health technology space. The app promises its users a simple, personalized solution that allows them to schedule health tests, receive detailed results, and get well-rounded support from the best international wellbeing experts, all from the comfort of their own homes. Unlike the Valeo experience, Nadine’s own health journey was not that simple, and she says candidly: “While going through difficult times personally and professionally, my health started to decline. Physicians tried to fix it with medication that made me feel even worse. I then tried functional medicine with high-profile practitioners from LA to Dubai, which turned out to be expensive and time-consuming, leading to no real results. This only left me with an extra layer of feeling like a failure.” We talk about the following: ✅ Why she decided to take her health into her own hands ✅ The need for personalized, holistic care in the Middle East ✅ Her competitive advantage, and why she decided to focus on this particular industry ✅ How she met her co-founder and how they decided to launch this company ✅ Her journey raising money, and how the product roadmap will continue to change as they grow and scale in the region You can find more information about Nadine here: https://feelvaleo.com/ Stay tuned for upcoming episodes with startup founders in the Middle East and North Africa! Please tag us and tell us what you learned. We’d greatly appreciate a review if you are enjoying these conversations.

Sep 27, 2021

How to build a luxury coffee brand from the Port of Mokha in Yemen with Mokhtar Alkhanshali 

Today’s episode is with Mokhtar, the founder of Port of Mokha, a luxury coffee brand. Mokhtar comes from an ancient lineage of farmers in Yemen that traces back to when the world’s first coffee was cultivated in his home province of Ibb over five centuries ago. In 2013, Mokhtar began focusing on his family’s roots as coffee farmers in Yemen. Seeking to reverse Yemen’s nearly lost art of coffee cultivation, he founded Port of Mokha. Mokhtar has helped to reverse the declining quality of Yemeni coffee and re-establish it as the one of industry's most treasured origins. In 2017 his coffee was rated as the number one coffee in the world by the Coffee Review. His work has been profiled in GQ, FastCompany, Vanity Fair, and New York Times, among others. Acclaimed author Dave Eggers’ NYT best-selling book, The Monk of Mokha, traces Mokhtar’s journey as a social entrepreneur and his harrowing escape from war-torn Yemen with his first coffee samples. We dive into the following: ✅ What Port of Mokha is with our audience, and also where they can find it ✅ Why he decided to start his company, and his journey ✅ How he was able to prove his product market fit, and become a luxury ✅ How he was able to pay the farmers in Yemen what they deserved ✅ Adversity that he faced on his journey, especially during the pandemic Stay tuned for upcoming episodes with startup founders in the Middle East and North Africa! Please tag us and tell us what you learned. We’d greatly appreciate a review if you are enjoying these conversations.

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