Spark! with Shereen

Spark! with Shereen

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How to structure and market B2C marketplace apps

In our latest episode, we sit down with Kerem Kuyucu who's the co-founder of JustMop, a platform that connects home dwellers with at-home service providers. Kerem has extensive experience building and scaling startups as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Rocket Internet and Co ...   Show more

Building HealthTech startups in Egypt

In our latest episode, we sit down with Rasha Rady who's the co-founder and COO of Chefaa, a pharmacy platform that helps patients order, schedule, and have medicine delivered to consumers' doorsteps. Rasha is a pediatrician, by background, who got out of her comfort zo ...   Show more

Finding new markets for existing products

In our latest episode, we sit down with Lamya Al Shammary who's the founder and CEO of MWJ, the first marketplace to buy new and pre-loved certified luxury watches in the MENA region. Lamya is a watch and jewelry connoisseur and industry expert with over 10 years of experien ...   Show more

Digitizing and collecting retail data

 In our latest episode, we sit down with Myriam Awad who's the founder and CEO of PotPay (formerly Bakala), a startup on a mission to digitize offline retail data. As an organization that digitizes offline retail data, PotPay's business model is B2B2C. They work with re ...   Show more

A more diligent approach to tackling bugs

In our latest episode, we sit down with Toghrul Samad who's the founder and CEO of Buglance, a crowdsourced testing platform that utilizes the power of the people to revolutionize the software testing industry. Toghrul is a serial entrepreneur, problem solver, and Chief Exec ...   Show more

Building platforms based on data

In our latest episode, we sit down with Philip Bahoshy whose the founder and CEO of MAGNiTT, the first venture data platform serving founders and investors across emerging markets. Philip worked at Oliver Wyman in the Financial Services practice for three years, followed by nearl ...   Show more

A decade of evolution in MENA's startup ecosystem

In our latest episode, we sit down with Bedy Yang, Managing Partner at 500 Startups. Bedy oversees 500’s ecosystem development programs including investor education courses (in partnership with top institutions such as Stanford, Berkeley, and INSEAD), has helped launch strategic ...   Show more

Build winning ventures with corporate partners

In our latest episode, we sit down with Leen Nabulsi who is a Venture Lead at Rainmaking Innovation. Leen focuses on corporate venture building, where she works on scoping, validating, building, and launching new ventures with large corporations. Leen was also the Managing Direct ...   Show more

Win professionally and personally through support systems as a working mom

In our latest episode, we sit down with Julie Nguyen who is the founder of Crunchmoms. Crunchmoms is a community and networking platform for working moms to connect with like minded-women and boost their career ambitions. Crunchmom is now available as a web-based community. There ...   Show more

Employee satisfaction equals customer satisfaction - how not to overlook wellness

In our latest episode, we sit down with Ben Safra and Mila Nehme who are co-founders of Sensate. Ben & Mila are seasoned retail and customer experience professionals with a demonstrated history of working within the international luxury goods and jewelry industry. Ben has worked ...   Show more

Grow your ventures with a global mindset

In our latest episode, we sit down with Basil Moftah to discuss the global mindset amongst entrepreneurs. Basil is an experienced venture builder and partner at Global Ventures, a growth-focused VC that invests in disruptive startups with an enterprise technology focus in the Mid ...   Show more

Do business mindfully to receive more wins

In our latest episode, we sit down with Sagi Melamed to discuss mindful investing. Sagi is the author of Mindful Fundraising as well as a resource development consultant. Together we discuss:Applying mindfulness when fundraisingBenefits of being mindful when doing businessMeasure ...   Show more

How to set up a startup of startups and tackle several opportunities at once

In our latest episode, we sit down with Faris Mesmar to discuss venture building. Faris is a serial entrepreneur as well as the founder and managing partner of Hatch & Boost, which is a venture builder. Hatch & Boost is all about creating value in MENA's consumer space by ta ...   Show more

Maximize your performance, fitness and sleep quality using wearables

In our latest episode, we dig deep with Marcus Smith on the topic of wearables. Marcus is an entrepreneur, motivational speaker, fitness coach, and extreme athlete. He is the founder of InnerFight and takes on "extreme challenges," such as, running 30 marathons in 30 days. Togeth ...   Show more

Navigating Saudi's business culture

In our latest episode, we had an engaging conversation with Nouf Alharthi. Nouf works for Monsha'at, which the General Authority for Small and Medium Enterprises in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). She is an enabler in the ecosystem and works very closely not just with oth ...   Show more

Applying 3D printing, VR, and gamification in healthcare

In our latest episode, we sit with Mohamed Dhaouafi to discuss how he is bringing 3D printing, VR, and gamification technologies to healthcare. More specifically, through his company CURE BIONICS, based in Tunis, he builds bionic prosthetics and therapeutic solutions using these ...   Show more

Building mental resilience through community

In this episode, we’ll be talking about how to keep your mental health intact as an entrepreneur. We had a meaningful discussion with Areije Al-Shakar, who has guided startups throughout her career in the area of funding (debt, equity, and VC), and along the way has learned about ...   Show more

Exploring new models of the publishing industry, with John Lillywhite

In this episode, we’ll be talking about the digitization of media in the Middle East. We sit down with John Lillywhite, who has a wealth of experience in this industry having undertaken several publication-focused roles both at corporations and entrepreneurial ventures. Together ...   Show more

Win at hosting virtual experiences, with Ali Rifai

In this episode, we’ll be talking about events and how the event management industry has changed over 2020. We sit down with is Ali Rifai, who has spent over 10 years organizing events of all scales in the Middle East whilst working for one of the largest live entertainment event ...   Show more

How to sustainably run a farm in the desert, with Dr. Majid Al Qassimi

In this episode, we sit down with Dr. Majid Al Qassimi, who is a founding partner for the Middle East's only food & agricultural sustainability consulting company, SOMA MATER. We discuss the following aspects from farm to fork:The importance of food securityThe UAE’s efforts ...   Show more

Monetize your media and grow your audience, with Richard Fitzgerald

In this episode, we sit down with Richard Fitzgerald, who is the CEO and Co-founder of Augustus Media, which owns the Lovin Dubai, Lovin Saudi, Smashi TV platforms. We discuss:News platforms- what it means to the public and how they prefer to access and interact with itThe media ...   Show more

How to produce and consume within the booming podcast industry, with Leila Hamadeh

In this episode, we sit down with Leila Hamadeh, who is the CEO and Co-founder of a Podcast network in the United Arab Emirates - Finyal Media. We discuss:Overview of the podcast market in the Middle East.Review of consumer audio consumption trends in the region.How to create, pr ...   Show more

Consider apprenticeships for experiential learning this fall, with Mehrad Yaghmai

In this episode, we sit down with Mehrad Yaghmai, who is an active entrepreneur and investor in the EdTech industry in the Middle East. We discuss:Education models to learn through practice (internships and apprenticeships) Who is best suited for apprenticeships and how to make t ...   Show more

How to Enter and Win the $150bn Gaming Industry with Yousef BuHazza

In this episode, we sit down with Yousef BuHazza, who is an active advocate of the gaming industry in the Middle East through Unreal Bahrain, to hear his insights on the gaming and e-sports industry. We discuss:What makes a successful gameWhat you need to do to develop a gameHow ...   Show more

Is the Middle East Ready to Resemble a World Like the Jetsons'? with Jamil Asfour

In this episode, we sit down with Jamil Asfour to hear his insights on industries that are leveraging Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence. We discuss:Industries in the Middle East that are leveraging ML & AIHow governments can foster innovation within ML & AIThe benefits ...   Show more

Fostering Innovation Through Creative Spaces & Communities with Raja Al Mazrouei

In this episode, we sit down with Raja Al Mazrouei to hear her insights on building an innovation hub as the Executive Vice President of the DIFC FinTech Hive. We discuss:Structuring corporate ventures for success.COVID-19's effect of startup co-working spaces and accelerato ...   Show more

Communicate Effectively with Investors, Clients, and Media with Walid Dib

In this episode, we sit down with Walid Dib to hear his insights on presentation tips for Founders in the Middle East. We discuss:How to present to prospective clients, investors, and mediaHow to approach business development within a startupHis experience growing Addenda in a tr ...   Show more

Startup Demographics & Diversity with Noor Salama

In this episode we sit down with Noor Salama, Ecosystem Community Manager at MAGNiTT, to cover the current state of diversity amongst Middle East startups. We discuss:Startup team demographics in the Middle EastBenefits of diverse teamsMENA startup Funding levels in the first hal ...   Show more

Retail & Payments with Shahzad Bhatti

In this episode we sit down with Shahzad Bhatti, Founder & CEO of The Co-Dubai, to discuss:Trends in Retail post COVID-19 (online and offline)Software solutions that enable e-commerceThe importance of seamless delivery and the role of aggregatorsCreating customer experiences to g ...   Show more

Welcome to Spark!

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