Global event to inspire young entrepreneurs

AN annual week-long event aimed at boosting the confidence of budding entrepreneurs will be launched next week.

The seventh edition of the Manama Entrepreneurship Week (MEW) will be held from October 20 to 26, under the theme ‘Rebuilding More Sustainable Equitable Post-Covid Economies’.

It will be held under the patronage of Capital Governor Shaikh Hisham bin Abdulrahman Al Khalifa who will deliver his opening remarks virtually on October 20 at 5pm.

Throughout the week, more than 70 speakers will take part in 50 engaging sessions, attracting 7,000 attendees globally.

“The MEW will feature award-winning speakers and networking sessions that will help entrepreneurs adapt to the Covid-19 economic impact, and further explore new future trends,” Capital Governorate’s Information and Follow-up director Yusuf Lori told the GDN.

“It will help individuals to gain confidence and knowledge about the new trends or market shifts during the pandemic.

“This is the largest annual celebration of entrepreneurship in Manama that connects investors, youth, businesses and other sectors locally and globally.”

The first virtual session on October 20 is entitled ‘Global Economies Beyond Covid-19’ and will feature UN Habitat Country programme head Fernanda Lonardoni and UN Industrial Development Organisation Investment and Technology Promotion Offices Bahrain investment promotion expert Afif Barhoumi.

Other speakers during the opening ceremony include Juan Llanos, who is one of the first TEDx speakers on Bitcoin, who will chair a session entitled ‘Blockchain, Crypto and the Dawn of a New Age of Creativity’, Hope Ventures general manager Fajer Al Pachachi who will be speaking during a session entitled ‘Championing Bahraini Entrepreneurship’.

Bahrain-based Bayanah brand founder and Animal and Environment Protection Charity Organisation president Shaikha Marwa bint Abdulrahman Al Khalifa will speak during a session entitled ‘Sustainable Entrepreneurship: When Heritage Meets Fashion’.

“There will be sessions on cyber security, robotics, the future of food, women in tech, digital marketing and other key topics,” said organiser Creo managing director Noora Al Haddad.

Meanwhile, Mr Lori said the event will be live-streamed for Suffolk University students in Boston, the US, and feature a Hackathon: Green Manama Challenge on October 23 at the Bahrain Institute for Business and Finance, Bahrain Bay.

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