Dubai to host Mena’s first Kauffman Fellowship Summit

By DG Staff

DUBAI 3 February 2020: Dubai will become the first city in the Middle East and North African (Mena), to host Kauffmann Fellows Summit, announced the Dubai Future Foundation on Sunday.

The globally renowned non-profit fellowship programme will take place between 9th and 12th February 2020, as the Emirate of Dubai fortifies its reputation for convening the world’s top talent to power a knowledge-based economy.

Marking its 25th anniversary, the annual Kauffman Fellowship Summit is set to gather 300 global entrepreneurs, investors and venture capitalists from over 30 different countries to develop a global network and discuss the innovation, business collaboration and investment climate of the Middle East and the UAE.

The four-day event will feature keynotes, panels, workshops, networking events, and peer-to-peer learning sessions for Fellows to discuss ways to ignite economic growth through innovative enterprise in the era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, 4IR.

Helal Saeed Al Marri, CEO of Dubai World Trade Center and Director General of Dubai Tourism, stressed that hosting this global event in Dubai Future District represents an opportunity to explore investments in Dubai and the world, as well as, identify new global markets and sectors, in addition to highlighting various competitive advantages that Dubai provides to investors, such as offering an ideal environment for launching businesses, developing future innovations, and attracting global talent.

Jeff Harbach, CEO of Kauffman Fellows, said, “The United Arab Emirates is known for inspiring some of the world’s most ambitious projects, ideas, and people. Kauffman Fellows has built the largest global network of investors and innovation leaders that fuel these ambitious ideas. We are thrilled to host our 25th-anniversary Global Summit in Dubai, where we will celebrate our past, and look forward to our future and the future of global innovation in one of the most future-focused cities in the world.”

Founded in 1995 by American pharmaceutical entrepreneur Ewing Marion Kauffman, the Kauffman Fellows Programme is a two-year venture capital fellowship which today boasts 589 fellows across 46 countries, and who have collectively overseen 7,700 deals since the programme’s inception. One hundred firms have been founded by Kauffman Fellows.

As Dubai cements it position as a knowledge-based economy, home to a thriving start-up scene fostered by DFF’s new economy-focused initiatives, hosting one of the world’s most revered venture capitalist programmes stands to advance the emirate’s economic competitiveness and attractiveness to a range of global players with a proven eye for enterprise and entrepreneurship.

The UAE is well on its path towards a diversified knowledge-based economy that is strengthened by world-class talent to ensure long-term successes for the nation. Acclimatising to new economic models and capitalising on global economic partnerships will lead to the country’s balanced growth and pledge long-term prosperity for current and future generations for years to come.