ME tech start-ups given stage to shine at GISEC and IoTx 2017
Daily ‘Start-up Show’ will see over 50 firms displaying and pitching their innovations as MENA’s start-up funding approaches USD1 billion annually
Dozens of start-ups will have the opportunity to demonstrate the potential of their innovations have at next week’s 4th Gulf Information Security Conference (GISEC) and Internet of Things Expo (IoTx) 2017 – running May 21-23 at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC).
Start-ups are on the rise across the Middle East & North Africa (MENA) -according to Magnitt, a network of regional start-ups, start-ups across the Middle East attracted USD889 million in funding in 2016.
GISEC and IoTx 2017, which will run concurrently at DWTC, will feature a dedicated ‘Start-Up Zone’ featuring more than 50 fledgling companies displaying cutting-edge technologies to an anticipated audience of 10,000 industry professionals, while ‘The Start-up Show’ – a daily series of GISEC Innovation Sessions – will see start-ups take over a dedicated space on the exhibition floor to pitch their concepts and products to potential investors and multinationals.
“Technology is playing a greater role in our lives and the Middle East is home to some of the brightest minds in the global sector – the opportunities for entrepreneurial innovators are endless. The dedicated ‘Start-Up Pavilion’ at GISEC provides a specialist arena for forward-thinking pioneers to showcase their ideas, interact and engage with a focused audience, and network with industry leaders who can help drive their ambition,” said Trixie LohMirmand, senior vice president, exhibitions & events management, DWTC.
From transportation, logistics and healthcare, to apps that make personal organisation easier, the start-ups on show will cover technologies spanning a wide spectrum of industrial sectors. Key exhibitors include Acacus, Aiia Solutions, Evento Solution LLC, miCity, MTX and Mind Rockets.
GISEC 2017 will host more than 500 international delegates and 75-plus high-profile speakers from entities including GCHQ, the UK Government’s Communications Headquarters, the US Cyber Consequences Unit, HSBC, EasyJet, Wells Fargo and GSK among others. More than 6,000 visitors are expected across the three-day events.