Saudi tech start-ups to drive Kingdom's Vision 2030

SAP launches global start-up focus program to support Saudi entrepreneurs

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Saudi tech start-ups to drive Kingdom's Vision 2030 His Excellency Dr. Mohammed bin Ibrahim Al-Suwaiyel, the Saudi Minister of Communications and Information Technology praises Saudi startups at the SAP Startup Focus event.
By  Aasha Bodhani Published  November 10, 2016

The Saudi Minister of Communications and Information Technology revealed that Saudi start-ups will drive the digital economy over the next 15 years and support job creation for technology talents in the region.

The announcement came at SAP's Start-up Focus event in the kingdom, where its mission is to support technology start-ups. Start-up Focus has helped eligible start-ups, whose product ideas are based on Big Data, predictive or real-time analytics solution, accelerate the development of their solutions, and assist in bringing their solutions to market.

His Excellency Dr. Mohammed bin Ibrahim Al-Suwaiyel, the Saudi Minister of Communications and Information Technology, said: "Government support for tech start-ups is essential for driving the Saudi Vision 2030 goals of national digital transformation and sustainable career paths for Saudi talents. Public-private partnerships, such as with SAP, combine government vision and private sector expertise to amplify Saudi entrepreneur's ideas and enhance the Kingdom's digital economic competitiveness."

"Saudi tech talents and millennials are already among the best-connected in the world, and have the ambition and business acumen to become global start-up leaders. SAP is dedicated to joining forces with the Saudi government and local partners to support Saudi Vision 2030, digital economic innovation, and talented youth in reaching their dreams," added Ahmed Al-Faifi, managing director, SAP Saudi Arabia.

Selected Saudi start-ups now have the chance to develop their solutions on the SAP HANA real-time analytics platform, receive free support from technical experts to help them productising their ideas and making the best use of the SAP HANA cloud platform. Participating start-ups have access to a community network of entrepreneurs, partners, investors, thought leaders and industry experts.

Once validated, start-ups can pitch to SAP's ecosystem of more than 320,000 customers worldwide. The program has engaged with more than 3,750 start-ups across 59 countries and 22 industries, bringing hundreds of solutions to market.

"Launching the Start-up Focus Program in the Kingdom concludes with impressive turnout, bringing together the countries' start-up scene with successful entrepreneurs to exchange best practices and get inspired for an entrepreneurial career in KSA. SAP is now reviewing submitted business cases to identify the strongest start-ups, eligible for the program, taking Saudi innovations to a global scale and boosting local innovations," added Marita Mitschein, senior vice president and managing director, SAP Training and Development Institute.

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