MENACatalyst Kicks Off its 5th Demo Event at London Tech Week

MENACatalyst launched the fifth installment of their signature Demo Event Series in one of the largest and most influential startup ecosystems in the world, London. The Demo Events coincided with London Tech Week, an annual event that puts the spotlight on the latest innovations and groundbreaking startups transforming the world of technology today.

Accompanying MENACatalyst during this round of Demo Events are a group of tech-focused startups innovating within some of the fastest growing industries across the globe. From potentially groundbreaking developments in the medical industry, to optimizing the way travel agencies across the MENA region do business, to cryptocurrency investment solutions that make it effortless for new entrants to participate in the future of money, the caliber and talent of this round’s startups is beyond question profound.

The first day of Demo Events kicked off with a morning session hosted by Dona Haj, Head of UK Operation, UK Tech Hub, in partnership with Tech Nation which offered startups an informational session on the UK government’s visa program for UK-based startups – Innovator Visa Program which offers talented entrepreneurs the opportunity to take their ventures to the UK. Heading the event was John Kiely, Associate (Solicitor) at Fragomen, who provided the startups invaluable insights into the benefits of establishing their enterprises in the UK, and the steps needed to make it happen.

Startups then headed to London-based tech incubator, UK MENA Hub, where they met with the Hub’s Founder - Omar Hassan, and Tom Strodtbeck, Co-founder of Global Growth Hub. The afternoon included a crash course on strategic pitching techniques designed to appeal to potential investors and industry partners. Afterwards, startups put their newfound skills to the test and pitched their projects to representatives from the UK MENA Hub’s MENA Technology Fund to explore potential investment opportunities.

The day proved greatly beneficial to the entrepreneurs who made invaluable connections with a group of seasoned investors, industry partners, and most importantly, high impact mentors who gave them the 411 on fine-tuning their business strategies and make the connections needed to sustainably scale and integrate into UK markets.

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