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Dubai Internet City Welcomes Tech Leaders for 11th Edition of Step Conference 2023

Step Conference 2023, the leading technology festival for emerging markets, kicks off its 11th edition today. It is presented by Dubai Internet City, a member of TECOM Group PJSC, and is powered by Tap Payments.

On the first day of the conference, US Consul General Meghan Gregonis will speak on the opening panel. She takes the stage to share her innovative insights on the impact of the current macroeconomic situation on the MENA technology and innovation landscape.

Other top global speakers at the conference include Colin McDonagh, who leads the Emerging Business team at Velocity Global; Priya Rajan, Market Lead for India and MENA in Silicon Valley Bank’s International Market Development team, Global Gateway; Andrew Miller, a startup marketing expert at Growth Expertz; Peter Shankman, founder of HARO; Andrew Gazdecki, CEO of Acquire; entrepreneur Chris “Jillionaire” Leacock; and Nora Ali, CEO and co-founder of an upcoming entertainment company and host of Morning Brew.

Speaking on behalf of Dubai Internet City, Ammar Al Malik, Executive Vice President – Commercial, TECOM Group, said, “Dubai has an entrepreneurial spirit. Our leadership’s vision and commitment to innovation reflect the values of founders, which is why Dubai is the perfect backdrop for the Step Conference. It’s inspiring to see ambitious start-ups, industry experts, investors and more converge at Dubai Internet City over the two days, representing the present and future of the UAE’s disruptive and rapidly growing start-up ecosystem. Once again, this partnership proves to be a tremendous opportunity to showcase our distinguished community to global markets and experts.”

It seems like the 11th edition of Step is set to take place and will bring together the tech industry to discuss and debate the latest and future trends across six tracks: Start Track, Fintech Track, Future Track, Digital Track, Earth Track, and Wellness Track.

The conference will explore retro-futurism and the dynamic between past and future, with the technologies at the conference paving the way for what is yet to come.

Tap Payments, a payment solutions provider based in the UAE, will also be a Super Partner, Fintech Village, and Fintech Stage Partner at the conference.

Ahmad Alwazzan, Group EVP & MD of Tap Payments UAE, expressed his excitement about showcasing the company’s commitment to enabling and mentoring the future of MENA fintech at the largest tech festival for emerging markets and startups in Dubai.

Astrolabs held its 10th anniversary event at the Step Digital Stage in Dubai Internet City. The event reflected on a decade of ecosystem building in the region, hosting key conversations with the company’s founding partners Muhammed Mekki & Louis Lebbos, and CEO Roland Daher, as well as pioneers including Mudassir Sheikha, Co-founder of Careem, Ambareen Musa, Founder of Souqalmal.com, and Anis Harb, GM Middle East of Deliveroo.

Separately, the inaugural SANDBOX Demo Day event is taking place today. SANDBOX is the landmark startup program from Dtec, designed to help founders grow, scale and fundraise.

This event will showcase some of the most promising early-stage technology startups in the region. Startups will each have 4 minutes to pitch their innovations to investors and journalists.

It is important to note that Dubai Internet City, one of the leading tech-hubs in the region, is part of TECOM Group’s portfolio of business districts that include Dubai Science Park, Dubai Media City, Dubai Studio City, Dubai Production City, Dubai Knowledge Park, Dubai International Academic City, Dubai Design District (d3) and Dubai Industrial City.

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