Make the Deal

Real Startups - Real Investors

QAR 400,000 (USD 110,000) or more in funding for qualified startups!

Join the impactful
Make the Deal event of the year in Doha/Qatar on March 8, 2017
As a part of the 3 day Entrepreneurship Zone at QITCOM 2017.

Make the Deal connects the best local & international startups and investors

If you are a startup in the digital and intelligence space, then apply here


If you are an investor looking for high-impact technology startup, then register here


Are you eligible for matchmaking?

Startups must comply with the following eligibility criteria

QITCOM will provide accommodation for selected startups that are based outside Qatar.


General Questions

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Event Timeline


General Timeline

Day 1 - 6th March, 2017
12:00 - 13:00
Innovation Theater Competition Pitch Booster Session
13:00 – 15:00
Rehearsals and Mentorship
18:00 Onwards
Innovation Theater Competition Startups showcase to VIP delegation lead by the Prime Minister of Qatar
Day 2 – 7th March, 2017
Registration Opens
10:00 – 11:30
Innovation Theater Competition - Quarter Final Round Innovation theater is the competition style business pitch that focuses on smart startups in the smart digital space.Pitch.Win.Succeed.
11:30 – 11:45
Microsoft’s Support to Start-Ups Across the Gulf Speaker: Michael Mansoor - CIO, Microsoft
11:45 – 12:30
Understanding the Startup Ecosystem : From a successful entrepreneur to building policies for entrepreneursSpeaker: Abdulaziz Al-Loughani - Vice Chairman of Kuwait National Fund
12:30 - 12:45
Innovation Theater Competition – Announcement for Top 20 Semi finalist
12:45 - 13:15
Panel Discussion
Smart Digital Technology In Qatar Digital technologies play an indispensable role in everyday life and are becoming increasingly smarter. The data that the startups collect is a raw material of the modern-day service society Moderator: Dr. Jack Thoms – Head of Smart Data Forum at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence Panelist: Mohammed Al Muhanadi - CEO at social media solution, Ziyad Alsalloum – Founder, ZSS, Andrea Petti - VP Global Head of Intelligent Transport Systems at Ericsson and Dr.Munir Tag - Director-ICT, QNRF
13:15 - 14:15
Break/Networking Session
14:15- 14:45
Women Investor Landscape in the Middle East Speaker: Elissa Freiha - Founder & Director at WOMENA
14:45 – 15:15
Panel Discussion
Developing The Next Generation Of Successful Female Entrepreneur Providing opportunities to breed a new generation of women entrepreneur by Identifying and encouraging the highly creative, resourceful and tech-savvy innovators. Moderator: Yasmeen Hasan - Entrepreneurship Manager at Bedaya Panelist: Maria Benjumea - Founder of Spain Startup, Elissa Freiha - Founder & Director at WOMENA, Shk. Athba Al Thani - Advisor to the chairman & CEO at QDVC and Munera Al-Dosari - Co-founder at Magazaa
15:15 – 16:45
Innovation Theater Competition - Semi Final Round Innovation theater is the competition style business pitch that focuses on smart startups in the smart digital space.Pitch.Win.Succeed.
16:45 - 17:15
How to succeed as an entrepreneur in Qatar?

Networking can be the foundation to many fruitful business relationships. Force yourself to get out of your comfort zone and learn how to effectively network

Moderator: Duha Al Buhendi – Section Head at DIC

Panelist: Khalid Muhannadi - Founder at LAGYY, Majed Al Lababidi - Co-founder & Managing Partner at Droobi, Nayef Ibrahim - Co-founder & CEO ibtechar , Abdullah Al Khenji - Co-founder & CTO, MEDDY and Mufeed Ahmed – Co-founder at Washnow
17:15 - 17:30
Innovation Theater Competition – Announcement for Top 10 finalist
17:30 - 18:000
18:00 - 20:30
CodeCamp Final

CodeCamp is a first-of-its-kind hackathon event in Qatar, aimed at supporting local talent and helping grow the digital economy, as to compete internationally

Day 3 - 8th March, 2017
Registration Opens
9:00 – 10:00
Innovation Committee Announcements
10:00 - 10:30
Partnership Announcements
10:30 - 12:00
Panel Discussion
Innovation Theater Competition Final Round Innovation theater is the competition style business pitch that focuses on smart startups in the smart digital space.Pitch.Win.Succeed.
12:00 - 12:30
Digital Market Place For Startups The Digital Marketplace for startups helps provide a platform for investors to invest in startup at different stages of their development and easing procurement for startups with government and private thereby helping transform digital services Speaker: Rashid Al Mansoori - CEO at QSE
12:30 - 13:00
Panel Discussion
The Good, Bad and Ugly in Startup investingTechnology startup Investment in the MENA region has crossed more than one billion USD since 2013. As connectivity, entrepreneurial activity and easy access to technologies are lowering the costs and barriers to starting a business, MENA region has become the epicenter for innovation, disruption and growth. Moderator: Ahmed Abdulwahab - CEO at Nextarabia FZE Panelist: Christos Mastoras, Founder & Managing Partner, Iliad Partners, Mohammed Amine - CEO at VUL9, Sharifa Al Barami - Managing Director at Oman fund, and Rashid Al Mansoori - CEO at QSE
13:00 - 14:00
MOU Signing Event / Networking Session DIC & Partners
14:00 - 14:45
Book Signing Event
14:45 - 16:45
Panel Discussion
Make The Deal - Investor Pitch Make the Deal brings together high-impact technology startups and real local, regional and international investors, to make the deal !!!
16:45 - 17:15
Panel Discussion
Entrepreneurship Education In The 21st century Developing the human capital by fueling innovation, employment generation and economic growth to build the societies of the future. Moderator: Khalid Mohannadi – Capacity Building and Community Management Consultant at Social Media Solutions Panelist: Jonathan Reichental - CIO at Palo Alto, Jhuan Jose Guemes - Chairmen at IE, Rudolph Boughaba - Executive Director at HBKU, Emad Saif - Lecturer at QU and Dr. Maher Hakim – Managing Director at QSTP
17:15 - 19:00
Networking & Award Ceremony


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