Mix N Mentor Beirut

Mix n Mentor Beirut is a full day event with a unique format, that forges deep long lasting connections between entrepreneurs and mentors.

Beirut - Bachoura - Beirut Digital District

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Event Overview

  • What is it?

    Mix N’ Mentor brings together promising entrepreneurs with top regional and global mentors. Thanks to its unique format and high profile delegates, 74% of past participants say they saw a direct improvement on their business.

  • Mentorship sessions

    At the core of the event are the mentorship sessions. Entrepreneurs will be matched with mentors based on profiles and needs. Various topics will be addressed throughout the sessions.

  • Workshops

    There will be a number of workshops all throughout the event, ranging from User Acquisition to Public Speaking.

  • Fireside Chat

    At the end of the day, the whole group comes together to reflect on learnings in a fun, collaborative and very casual setting.

  • Networking

    Mix N’ Mentor is designed to be a cosy event. No speeches or panels, it’s all about peer to peer learning and networking with high quality mentors. Entrepreneurs will build new connections and deepen old ones.

Schedule

  1. 1

    9:00 - 10:00

    Registration

  2. 2

    10:00 - 10:30

    Opening & Icebreakers

  3. 3

    10:30 - 11:45

    Mentorship Roundtables - Session 1

  4. 4

    11:45 - 12:45

    Mentorship Roundtables - Session 2

  5. 5

    12:45 - 14:00

    Lunch

  6. 6

    14:00 - 16:00

    Marketplace & Worshops

  7. 7

    16:00

    Fireside Chat

Sponsors

Mentors (13)

  • Abdallah Yafi

    Managing Partner at Y Venture Partners

    Abdallah has more than 13 years of experience in entrepreneurship, technology, strategy and management consulting across the Middle East, Europe and North America. In addition to being an active angel investor, Abdallah is the managing GP at B&Y Venture Partners, a Lebanese Investment fund that invests globally and supports high impact entrepreneurs in building high growth ventures. Abdallah is former founder with a couple of online marketplace ventures under his belt and a successful track record of exiting companies in Canada and the UK. Abdallah previously served on the Board of Directors and chaired the Strategy Committee of Big Bus Tours, the leading global operator of open-top sightseeing and recently co-led a large private equity exit transaction of the business. Between 2002 and 2008, Abdallah held a Management Consultant position with CSC and a Manager position with Accenture France. Abdallah holds an MBA from INSEAD, a Masters degree in Industrial Engineering from Ecole Polytechnique and a Bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering from McGill University.

  • Abed Agha

    Managing Director at Vinelab

    Abed is the founder and Managing Director at Vinelab, a digital entertainment company based in the UAE and serving broadcast, music and sports entities in the MENA region with digital executions. Vinelab clients include MBC Group, Rotana Media Group, Sony Music, Nancy Ajram, Magida El Roumi, and others. Prior to Vinelab, Abed cofounded Rab3i TV, the first free-to-air interactive social network on TV and experienced 12 years spanning investments, media and telecoms across the US, South East Asia and the GCC.

  • Amir Farha

    Managing Partner at BECO Capital

    Amir is an entrepreneur, angel investor, startup advisor and mentor. He has invested in and co-founded a number of local businesses, including Toolman, a property maintenance business; Purple PR, a boutique PR company of which he successfully exited in 2012; and Tandem Partners, a startup and small business advisory firm in which he helped over 100 companies plan and grow their businesses. He has looked at early stage businesses from every angle, starting with a Swedish VC firm based in London, followed by a stint at what was the first seed capital fund in the MENA region, the Arab Business Angel Network (part of Dubai International Capital), before becoming an entrepreneur himself.

  • Fares Ghandour

    Investment Manager at MENA Venture Investments

      Fares also serves as Portfolio Manager at MENA Venture Investments, the region's largest seed-stage fund and previously ran the region's flagship mentorship event, Mix N' Mentor. Prior to that, Fares served as Investment Manager at MVI and has more than a dozen seed stage transactions executed including portfolio management and other operational support for key MVI companies. Fares holds a BA- International Relations from the University of Southern California.

  • Ghaith Yafi

    Managing Partner at Y Venture Partners

    Ghaith Yafi has more than 13 years of experience in entrepreneurship, corporate finance and direct investments, primarily with early-stage companies in the Middle East, Europe, and North America. In addition to being an angel investor, Ghaith is also a Managing GP at B&Y Venture Partners, a Beirut-based Venture Capital fund that invests globally with a focus on the ICT sector. He is also a former entrepreneur himself with a successful track record having founded and exited a couple of companies in Canada and the UK. Ghaith previously served on the Board of Directors and Investment Committee of Big Bus Tours, the leading global operator of open-top sightseeing and recently co-led a large private equity exit transaction of the business. Prior to that, Ghaith spent more than 6 years in Investment Banking working for Houlihan Lokey, HSBC and Société Générale Investment Banking in France. Ghaith holds a Masters degree in Finance and Management from ESCP-Europe (France) and a Mechanical Engineering Bachelor degree from McGill University (Canada).

  • Hala Fadel

    Fund Manager at Comgest

  • Karim Sarkis

    CEO at Sync Media FZ LLC

    Karim is the CEO of Sync Media, a production company that creates television and web video content. His current focus is creating and growing digital content channels on social media platforms. Prior to founding Sync Media, Karim held senior corporate positions in media including managing the television and radio business of the Abu Dhabi Media Company and being the Deputy Head of Channels at LBC. Prior to entering the media sector, Karim spent eleven years in management consulting with Booz Allen Hamilton, Arthur D. Little and Andersen Consulting. He continues to take on advisory roles with media companies and telecom operators. Karim is a Fellow of the Middle East Leadership Initiative and the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

  • Khaled Talhouni

    Managing Partner at Wamda Capital

    Khaled is a career venture capitalist and currently Managing Partner at Wamda Capital. He started his career at Dubai International Capital where he supported the development of the MENA region’s first seed capital fund. Since then Khaled has assumed a number of venture capital and startup roles including heading investments and strategy at twofour54 in Abu Dhabi. Khaled has invested in and managed over 60 early stage transactions including Careem, Littlebits, Mumzworld, Insider and Luxury Closet.

  • Lina Shehadeh

    Chief Strategist - Partner at Overhaul

    Lina is a brand and marketing expert with over 15 years of global marketing and brand positioning experience. Prior to being the Chief Strategist - Partner at Overhaul, she served as the COO for Wamda Capital. Lina was also the Senior VP-Marketing & Corporate Communications at United Arab Bank PJSC and acted as CMO for Aramex where she was one of the first marketers in the ME to establish and utilise social media as a customer service channel. Lina holds an MBA from the London Business School.

  • Nicholas Wilson

    Solutions Manager at Facebook

  • Walid Hanna

    Managing Partner at MEVP

    Walid is a Founder, Managing Partner, Managing Director, and Member of Board of Directors at Middle East Venture Partners. He served as the Chief Executive Officer at the Arab Business Angels Network. Prior to that, he was on the investment-management team at Abraaj Capital. Walid has also co-founded, invested in, or led more than 30 investments/ startups in Lebanon and MENA region. He is a Founding Board Member of the World Business Angels Association. He serves as a Director of Zoomaal.com, Ltd and is a Member of the Board of Directors at Speed@BDD SAL.

  • Will Hutson

    CEO & Founder at LMTD

    Having launched Disney Studios into social media years ago, Will now leads LMTD’s social media offering. His extensive experience in all forms of digital development, media & social makes it happen. Will is experienced in growth companies with focus in industry specific applied technologies and integrated marketing. He worked within Entertainment, Media, Research, Tech, and Advertising industries.

  • Ali Al Amine

    Cofounder at Fit Republik

    Ali is the Founder and Managing Director of FitRepublik, which has revolutionized the fitness landscape in the Middle East Region. He served as the Consumer Channel Group Lead for the Microsoft Corporation Gulf and was the General Manager of business development Merchant Bridge Investment Bank where he worked on a $70 Million fund to build four-star hotels across the MENA. He also arranged a joint venture with Stanhope for the London Prime Property Company. As part of the founding management team of Pragma Group Holding in Dubai, he started companies in the fields of hospitality, marketing and F&B across the region. He also set up a distribution company called Technoworld, which distributed Dell consumer products across the Middle East. 

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