Endeavor Saudi Annual Meet-Up and 4th Majlis Invites Governor of SMEA and Oracle’s Senior VP
Endeavor Saudi Arabia had its Annual Meet-Up and 4th Majlis hosted by board member Mr. Musaab Almuhaidib on Tuesday 17th January at Sidra Compound in Riyadh. This event was marked as the largest gathering of the year, attracting 100+ entrepreneurs and business leaders locally, regionally and globally. Endeavor Saudi Arabia was pleased to have the Governor of General Authority for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEA), Dr. Ghassan Al-Sulaiman, and the Senior Vice-President at Oracle for the Middle East and Africa, Mr. Abdulrahman Al-Thehaiban, as guests of honour.
The event kick started with a welcoming remarks by host and board member Mr. Musaab Almuhaidib, followed by a note from Endeavor Saudi Chairman, Rami Alturki, about the importance of creating prosperous economy and supporting leading entrepreneurs. Since launching the office in the Kingdom in 2012, Endeavor Saudi has provided 300+ mentoring hours to its entrepreneurs and candidates as the Managing Director of Endeavor Saudi, Bader Alzahrani, highlighted. He also emphasised on the role of Endeavor in supporting scale-ups that have a multiplier effect on the ecosystem. The guest of honour, Dr. Ghassan, has been introduced afterward to discuss Vision 2030 in supporting and promoting opportunities for SMEs. He also announced a potential collaboration to take place between SMEA and Endeavor Saudi to increase the entrepreneurial vibrancy in the Kingdom. Afterward, the discussion started with Mr. Al-Thehaiban, who was ranked as one of Forbes Magazine’s top 100 executives in the Middle East, to talk about Oracle’s support to SMEs, talent development and the importance of mentorship. Mr. Al-Thehaiban has expressed his interests to become an Endeavor Mentor and to be part of the global network.
The audience had the chance to address their questions and comments to the guests of honour including Dr. Ghassan and Mr. Al-Thehaiban during an interactive Q&A session. This fruitful gathering wrapped up by honouring local mentors and partners for their efforts through 2016 in supporting Endeavor Saudi entrepreneurs and candidates. The honouring ceremony was followed by a networking dinner to open the opportunity to connect with great minds and build relationships with business executives, Endeavor Entrepreneurs and worldwide network members.
A number of regional Endeavor Entrepreneurs attended the event since entrepreneurship is growing rapidly in the Kingdom. As part of the local impact, Endeavor Mentor and Associate at BECO Capital, Yousef Hammad stated “Thank you Endeavor Saudi for being a cornerstone of the Saudi entrepreneurship ecosystem”. Endeavor aims to support high-impact entrepreneurs and to foster entrepreneurship in more than 25 offices worldwide.
Watch the event video HERE
To view more photos of the event, click HERE