Speakers

Seasoned entrepreneurs, investors, and experts will gather on the eastern shores of the Mediterranean to share experiences, insights, techniques, methods, and know-how, dishing out how-tos for newcomers, dos-and-donts for the up and coming, and inspiration for the rest.

Riad Salameh — Governor of the Central Bank of Lebanon

Riad Salameh Governor of the Central Bank of Lebanon

Francois Bassil — Chairman of the Association of Banks in Lebanon

Francois Bassil Chairman of the Association of Banks in Lebanon

Marianne Hoayek — Director of the Executive Office at Banque du Liban

Marianne Hoayek Director of the Executive Office at Banque du Liban

Tom Fletcher — Ambassador of the United Kingdom in Lebanon

Tom Fletcher Ambassador of the United Kingdom in Lebanon

Mohamed Choucair — Chairman of the Federation of the Chambers of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture in Lebanon

Mohamed Choucair Chairman of the Federation of the Chambers of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture in Lebanon

Alexander M. Asseily — Chairman/Co-founder of Jawbone & State

Alexander M. Asseily Chairman/Co-founder of Jawbone & State

Paul Papadimitriou — Founder of Intelligencr

Paul Papadimitriou Founder of Intelligencr

Paul Bragiel — Managing Partner at I/O Ventures

Paul Bragiel Managing Partner at I/O Ventures

Jambu Palaniappan — General Manager of Middle East & Africa at Uber

Jambu Palaniappan General Manager of Middle East & Africa at Uber

Kalina King — Regional Director for General Assembly Asia

Kalina King Regional Director for General Assembly Asia

Mike Butcher — Editor at Large of TechCrunch

Mike Butcher Editor at Large of TechCrunch

Adrianna Tan — Founder & CEO at WoBe Indonesia

Adrianna Tan Founder & CEO at WoBe Indonesia

Michael Lints — Venture Partner at Golden Gate Ventures

Michael Lints Venture Partner at Golden Gate Ventures

Gary Stewart — Director at Wayra UK

Gary Stewart Director at Wayra UK

Deven Soni — Co-Founder of Sprayable Energy

Deven Soni Co-Founder of Sprayable Energy

Till Ohrmann — Co-Founder & CEO of The Pirate Summit

Till Ohrmann Co-Founder & CEO of The Pirate Summit

Rani Saad — Founder of The Window

Rani Saad Founder of The Window

Mario Berta — Regional Managing Director at Rocket Internet

Mario Berta Regional Managing Director at Rocket Internet

Ramez Mohamed — Flat6Labs CEO

Ramez Mohamed Flat6Labs CEO

Mouhamad Rabah — President of Beirut Digital District

Mouhamad Rabah President of Beirut Digital District

Antoine Saab — Managing Director of Energy24

Antoine Saab Managing Director of Energy24

Maurice Sehnaoui — President of BLC Bank

Maurice Sehnaoui President of BLC Bank

Darius Cheung — Founder & CEO of 99.co

Darius Cheung Founder & CEO of 99.co

Elias Ghanem — Co-Founder & CEO of Telr

Elias Ghanem Co-Founder & CEO of Telr

Aiste Lehmann — Director at TIDEA [Bosnia]

Aiste Lehmann Director at TIDEA [Bosnia]

Jonathan Giesen — Co-Founder & CEO of Transterra Media

Jonathan Giesen Co-Founder & CEO of Transterra Media

Hassane Slaibi — Co-Founder & CEO of Band Industries

Hassane Slaibi Co-Founder & CEO of Band Industries

Hind Hobeika — Founder & CEO of Instabeat

Hind Hobeika Founder & CEO of Instabeat

Jamil Corbani — CEO of Green Studios

Jamil Corbani CEO of Green Studios

Karin Venneri — Founder & CEO of 1000 Italy

Karin Venneri Founder & CEO of 1000 Italy

Alina Gratschner — Business Development at Apora Ventures

Alina Gratschner Business Development at Apora Ventures

Loraine Habib — Business Development Manager at Bla Bla Car

Loraine Habib Business Development Manager at Bla Bla Car

Hala Fadel — Chair at MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab

Hala Fadel Chair at MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab

Ramzi Rizk — Co-Founder & CTO of EyeEm

Ramzi Rizk Co-Founder & CTO of EyeEm

Hafez Virjee — International Arbitration at Dechert & Co-Founder of Delos

Hafez Virjee International Arbitration at Dechert & Co-Founder of Delos

Maroun Chammas — Chairman at Berytech

Maroun Chammas Chairman at Berytech

Imad Riachi — Chief Scientist at Essentia Analytics

Imad Riachi Chief Scientist at Essentia Analytics

Henri Asseily — Managing Partner at Leap Ventures

Henri Asseily Managing Partner at Leap Ventures

Nicolas Sehnaoui — Former Minister of Telecom

Nicolas Sehnaoui Former Minister of Telecom

Stefan Gantchev — Partner at LauncHub

Stefan Gantchev Partner at LauncHub

Mark Haidar — Founder & CEO of Vinli

Mark Haidar Founder & CEO of Vinli

Dimitris G. Kalavros-Gousiou — Co-Found.er of Found.ation

Dimitris G. Kalavros-Gousiou Co-Found.er of Found.ation

Leen Segers — COO at Tech.eu

Leen Segers COO at Tech.eu

Thijl Klerkx — Founder of Thijl.nl

Thijl Klerkx Founder of Thijl.nl

Marwan Kheireddine — Chairman & GM of Al-Mawarid Bank

Marwan Kheireddine Chairman & GM of Al-Mawarid Bank

Yasser Akkaoui — Editor-in-Chief at Executive Magazine & Founder of KConcept Holding

Yasser Akkaoui Editor-in-Chief at Executive Magazine & Founder of KConcept Holding

Walid Hanna — Managing Partner at MEVP

Walid Hanna Managing Partner at MEVP

Charlie Graham-Brown — CFO at Seedstars World

Charlie Graham-Brown CFO at Seedstars World

Vitaly Golomb — Founding Partner of CCC Fund

Vitaly Golomb Founding Partner of CCC Fund

Ivan Hernandez — Co-Founder of The Digital Loop

Ivan Hernandez Co-Founder of The Digital Loop

Jean Nehme — Founder & CEO of Touch Surgery

Jean Nehme Founder & CEO of Touch Surgery

Elise Nebout — Le Camping Manager

Elise Nebout Le Camping Manager

Melissa Ablett — Innovation Cluster Development Leader at CIC

Melissa Ablett Innovation Cluster Development Leader at CIC

Agenda

Listen to success stories from today’s makers, hear about proven investment strategies from Bangkok to Silicon Valley, discover how to find and retain talent, learn about international startup legal, accounting, and audit best practices, apply for leading accelerator programs, network and connect with industry leaders, meet and pitch angels and VCs, get up to speed on the latest trends, and walk away with Blueprints for Success for your startup, accelerator, VC, incubator, angel network, and related activities.

workshop

Sales and Cash Flow Management

20 Thursday, 12:50 pm - 1:30 pm
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10 Things to Know when Branding your Startup

20 Thursday, 2:50 pm - 3:30 pm
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Master your Pitch and get the Money

20 Thursday, 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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From Concept to Product

21 Friday, 10:45 am - 11:30 am
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Resolving Difficult Relationships

21 Friday, 11:50 am - 12:20 pm
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Fundraising for Startups

21 Friday, 12:20 pm - 12:50 pm
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Grow your Startup

21 Friday, 1:20 pm - 2:20 pm
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The Art of Bootstrapping

21 Friday, 3:00 pm - 3:45 pm
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Visualise your Blueprint

21 Friday, 3:45 pm - 4:30 pm

Seedstars World Startup Competition

Seedstars World is an exclusive worldwide startup competition traveling to 35+ cities in 2014. On November 20 & 21 2014, the competition will be landing in Beirut as part of Banque du Liban Accelerate 2014. Application closed on November 14 2014. 25+ extraordinary startups will be exhibiting and pitching at the Conference.

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Venue

Forum de Beyrouth – Beirut, Lebanon

Forum de Beyrouth

Forum de Beyrouth

Forum de Beyrouth – Conference Venue Coordinates
Banque du Liban Accelerate 2014 will accommodate 1000 attendees at Forum de Beyrouth. Strategically located at the capital’s major crossroads, within minutes from Beirut International Airport, Port and major hotels, Forum de Beyrouth figures among the largest permanent multipurpose centers in the Middle East and measures up to Lebanon’s key role of economic and cultural exchange. We recommend you book your hotel as soon as possible. Please see TripAdvisor | WikiTravel

Official Conference Hotels:
Le Grey
Saifi Suites

Host + Organizer

Banque du Liban Logo

Circular 331 Partners

International Investor Partners

International Knowledge Partners

Exclusive Transportation Partner

Exclusive Coffee Partner

Official Networking Event Partner

Startup Competition Partner

Wireless Solution Provider

Community Partners

International Media Partners

Blogger Partners

on Twitter

@SmartESABooster

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F.A.Q.

If your question isn’t answered in the Frequently Asked Questions below, tweet us @BDLaccelerate!

What is Banque du Liban Accelerate 2014?

Banque du Liban Accelerate 2014 is Lebanon’s 1st international startup conference, featuring over 50 stellar speakers from over 20 countries – Singapore to San Francisco – and 1000 select attendees. The Conference will take place on November 20-21 2014, at Forum de Beyrouth, in Beirut, Lebanon.

Who is behind Banque du Liban Accelerate 2014?

The Central Bank of Lebanon is the host and organizer of Banque du Liban Accelerate 2014.

How do I register my Startup for the SeedStars World Competition?

Apply via this Link

How do I register my Startup for the Startup Square exhibition?

You must Apply to the Startup Competition! Click this Link

How can I become a Sponsor / Partner?

Contact: BDLaccelerate [at] seeqnce (dot) com

How can I become a Speaker / Moderator?

Contact: BDLaccelerate [at] seeqnce (dot) com

How do I register for the Ecosystem Plaza exhibition?

Contact: BDLaccelerate [at] seeqnce (dot) com

Who can attend the Conference?

Only individuals who receive an official invitation letter from the Central Bank of Lebanon can attend the Conference. Apply for an invitation by clicking on the “Apply Now” button in the header or footer navigation bar. Presella is managing the door at the Conference: no Conference invitation no entry.

Who can attend the Speakers’ Dinner?

Only speakers at the Conference, and select guests can attend the Speakers’ Dinner. Non-speakers will receive a special invitation letter to the Dinner. Presella is managing the door at the Dinner: no Dinner invitation no entry.

Who can attend the Conference Party?

Link coming soon.

What are the spoken languages in Beirut?

All three languages – Arabic, English, and French – are spoken by the locals in Beirut. Feel free to use either of these three languages, there’ll always be someone around who can ‘undo to the letter’.

How do I get around in Beirut?

UBER!

Is Beirut Safe?

According to GOV.UK the areas you’ll be visiting and frequenting are GREEN.

What is the meaning of Life?

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