The World’s First entrepreneurship summit aimed at inspiring, empowering and connecting entrepreneurs, start-ups and SMES in the rapidly advancing Islamic Economy.
MPS 2016 offers two days of inspiring talks from 28 of the best and brightest leading entrepreneurs and innovators in the Islamic economy sharing their journey on building world-class start-ups.
MPS 2016 offers two full amazing days of inspiring talks from 26 of the best and brightest leading entrepreneurs and innovators in the Islamic economy sharing their journey on building world-class start-ups. meet investors, showcase your product or service, learn more about how to better serve the Muslim lifestyle market, develop your business, connect with like-minded entrepreneurs or simply get inspired through personal motivational talks on starting up, you absolutely cannot miss this!
We believe in showcasing a brand of innovative, creative and entrepreneurial Muslims as contributing members of our society and the world and celebrating those who are driving this market forward to grow the next generation of globally successful Islamic brands in fashion, finance, media, sustainability, lifestyle and recreation. MPS 2016 will discuss critical challenges facing startups and SMEs, business and investment opportunities.
Our vision is to create the world’s largest summit empowering and gathering young entrepreneurs globally. We aim to connect
Thriving regional start-up hubs from across the world globally interested in developing the Islamic economy and the startup
ecology within. We hope to unleash potential and create opportunities by showcasing the new image of the Islamic economy
by showcasing a brand of innovative, creative and entrepreneurial community shaping the world we live in and empowering Dubai as the centre of Islamic economy.
MPS 2016 is the first and largest global entrepreneurship platform dedicated to empowering entrepreneurs, start-ups, and innovators in the Islamic economy
Join the best and brightest founders, entrepreneurs, innovators, investors who are driving this market forward to grow the next generation of globally successful Islamic brands in fashion, finance, media, sustainability, lifestyle and recreation. MPS 2016 will discuss critical challenges facing startups and SMEs, business and investment opportunities
Whether you are looking to meet investors, showcase your product or service, learn more about how to better serve the Muslim lifestyle market, develop your business, connect with like-minded entrepreneurs or simply get inspired through personal motivational talks on starting up, you absolutely cannot miss this!
Com Mirza is a serial entrepreneur, investor and dream chaser.
He’s launched over 3 dozen companies around the world, made almost 100 Investments, mentored trained and coached thousands of entrepreneurs and has been a driving force in raising the level of contribution on the planet through his TheContributon.Org project.
From a humble lemonade stand with a group of neighbourhood kids at the age of 6 to living in the worlds tallest building in downtown Dubai Com is committed to chasing his potential and his dreams.
He spends 50% of his time making investments into entrepreneurs, early stage companies, and real estate deals and the other 50% split between launching new ventures, launching charitable/philanthropic projects, publicly speaking, mentoring and training entrepreneurs in his Billion Dollar Mastermind, and other mastermind programs, workshops and events. He runs the Dream Chasing Family a community of over 45,000 people around the world who collaborate to help each other reach their dreams faster.
The brilliant Irfan Khairi is the founder of the Irfan Institute of Business and Malaysia Icon.
With only $200 in his pocket and 20 years of age, Irfan was able to achieve by 25 what many business owners are not able to do in a lifetime: Single-handedly build a seven-figure business with no additional workers or fancy gadgetry.
Irfan’s company, Irfan Khairi Sdn Bhd (IKSB), continues to make a serious impact, and has been one of the top Internet and e-marketing training centers in Malaysia since 2006. Irfan’s early success in adopting the right mindset and teaching himself business strategy is at the core of why he has been an inspiration to millions of people around the world.
Shahed is co-founder and CTO of Affinis Labs, a Northern Virginia innovation hub and startup accelerator that focuses on businesses with positive social impacts in global Muslim communities. Through Affinis Labs, he helps organize global hackathons to create social impact businesses and digital tools, incubate and accelerate startups for global markets, and create compelling global brands. As CTO, Shahed helps manage the development and launch of incubated initiatives and builds the technology architecture for portfolio companies.
A Silicon Valley veteran, Shahed also co-founded LaunchPosse, a startup based at Affinis Labs that helps people leverage their social networks to shape and launch ideas for entrepreneurship. Prior to starting LaunchPosse, Shahed served as Senior Advisor for Technology at the US Department of State, where he worked closely with the White House and other government agencies on social entrepreneurship, social media policy, combating online extremism, and fostering innovation. Shahed also founded Halalfire, a producer of online content and market research for global Muslim communities. He founded Altmuslim, an online magazine with 2.5 million annual unique users, and served as its editor-in-chief for 10 years before its 2011 acquisition by Patheos. In 1998, he created Zabihah, the world’s largest Halal restaurant guide, with 10 million annual users and 500,000 mobile app downloads. Shahed was also co-founder and CEO of Relatia, a venture-backed mobile software company acquired in 2001.
Shahed has written and/or been featured in pieces about technology, foreign policy, and media trends in venues such as CNN and Newsweek, has spoken at the Council on Foreign Relations and Center for American Progress, and has published essays in academic journals and newspapers such as the Washington Post and Chicago Tribune. He has been named three times (2009, 2010, and 2011) as one of the 500 most influential Muslims in the world by Georgetown University & the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre in Jordan, one of the Islamic 500 most influential entrepreneurs in the global Islamic economy (2015), one of the top 10 most visionary young Muslims by Islamica Magazine (2007), and the winner of the SXSW Dewey Winburne Award for Community Service (2007). He has also served on the boards of nearly a dozen national non-profit organizations focused on building stable Muslim-American identities. Shahed has a BS from UC Berkeley (where he served as Student Body Vice-President) and an MBA from Georgetown.
Mohammed Faris (Abu Productive) is the founder of ProductiveMuslim.com, an online social enterprise dedicated to boosting productivity in the Muslim World.
He was born in Tanzania (of Yemeni descent) but spent the majority of his life growing up in Saudi Arabia when his parents migrated there. He later pursued his tertiary education at the University of Bristol in the UK where he graduated with a Masters in Finance and Investment.
Starting with a personal blog in 2008 called “ProductiveMuslim.com” he combined his love for productivity with love of teaching to help Muslims worldwide understand the unique perspective of connecting the demands of today’s modern world with Islamic values and principles to lead productive lives.
His journey with his blog & later online training organisation has set Mohammed Faris apart as an international speaker, trainer and author who can distil the broad concepts of Islamic values into practical, actionable steps for Muslims to acquire the tangible skill sets and motivation needed to lead productive lives for the sake of Allah SWT.
Peter Gould is a celebrated designer, creative entrepreneur and artist. The BBC has described him as “among those young urban global Muslims leading the emergence of a new Muslim cool.”
After embracing Islam over a decade ago, Peter was inspired by a series of spiritual and artistic journeys through classical cities such as Fes, Damascus, Istanbul and Mecca. This quest for knowledge resulted in a flourish of remarkable creative projects, uniquely fusing traditional Islamic design elements with his own vibrant, fresh graphic styles.
He founded and runs a successful international strategic branding firm, which has worked with a wide and impressive spectrum of clients from global icons such as the United Nations, well-known Muslim personalities such as Sami Yusuf, governments and embassies, large commercial enterprises including Etihad Airways and household brand names such as Colgate Palmolive, amongst others.
Peter’s artwork has been commissioned by diverse clients ranging from Middle Eastern royalty to a New York billionaire and has been exhibited in galleries around the world. He has won several awards, has launched his own apps, books and games such asSalam Sisters and Noor Quest and has built several online platforms including Creative Ummah, Muslim Gift Guide and Ummah Legends.
Omar Al Busaidy author of a self-help book called Just Read It, with experience in the UAE’s corporate environment, gaining skills in the banking, trade and investment sectors before joining Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority in 2012 as the Tourism Investment Promotion Manager.
Omar has worked in both the public and private sector in prestigious organisations such as the Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry, National Bank of Dubai, the Dubai Shopping Festival as well as a development role with Abu Dhabi Municipality and serving as commercial attaché at the British Embassy.
Al Busaidy holds a B.Sc. in Marketing from the American University in Dubai and is currently pursuing his post-graduate studies in Innovation and Entrepreneurial Leadership at the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University.
9:00AM - 9:45AM
9:45AM - 10:00AM
Welcome remarks by Hodan Ibrahim, co-founder of M Powered Summit Dubai 2016.
9:46AM - 10:00AM
Abdulla M. Al Awar, CEO of Dubai Islamic Economic Development Centre
10:15AM - 10:35AM
Speakers: Peter Gould
Branding, Creativity & Design for Global Muslim Centric Brands
10:35AM - 10:55AM
Speaker: Dustin Craun, Ummahwide and Salaam Bank
Topic: Building a Global Muslim Startup Ecology
What is a Muslim startup? What is going on in the global Muslim startup ecology and where is it heading? What are the big coming disruptions happening with the Islamic Economy?
10:55AM - 11:05AM
Speakers: Faisal Alferdos
Topic: Entrepreneurs Thriving in the Islamic Economy:
How can investors take advantage of the Islamic economy? What opportunity exists for investors to invest? What is the long-term benefit? How can we create environments where startups can thrive?
11:05AM - 11:25AM
Speakers: Ahmad Abdulwahab, Turn8 Accelerator
What Most Business Schools and Textbooks Don’t Teach Us About Startups
11:25AM - 11:45AM
Speakers: Com Mirza, Com Mirza Holding & Fitness Expo Dubai
Topic: Dream Chasing: Developing a Warrior Mentality
11:45AM - 12:00PM
Speaker: Chris Blauvelt, LaunchGood
Topic: Crowdfund Like a Boss(or anything else)
Raising capital for your startup is difficult, even more so within the Muslim lifestyle market. One great way to raise money for your company is crowdfunding. Learn more at this session.
12:00PM - 13:30PM
13:30PM - 13:50PM
Speakers: Irfan Khairi, Irfan Khairi Institute of Business
Growth Hacking Your Brand to a Million Dollars
Join this session and learn more about how you can use growth hacking
to build your brand into a million dollar company, just like he did when he was 25 years old.
13:50PM - 14:05PM
Speakers: Sami Khoury, Socialtent
How to Run a Social Enterprise
What is social entrepreneurship? How can social enterprises be used to hack socio-economic issues in the Islamic Economy. In this session, learn how to start a social entreprise from A-Z
14:05PM - 14:25PM
Speaker: Ali Dabaja, Hajjnet
Topic: Growing the Next Generation of High Growth Islamic Apps
With over 24 million users, Hajjnet is a mobile app that enhances the hajj experience.
Learn more about how to start, grow and scale a successful app catering towards the growing Muslim lifestyle market.
14:25PM - 14:45PM
Speakers: Aman Merchant, CEO of Impact Hub Dubai
Topic: Entrepreneurial Hacks From The Diaries Of A Serial Edupreneur – Enabling Bulletproof Entrepreneurship in the Islamic Economy.
14:55PM - 15:05PM
Speaker: Mahamoud Fahour, Kwickie
Topic: New Social Media connecting brands, celebrities and fans via unique Tech!
15:05PM - 15:25PM
Speaker: Razan Abu Daqqa
15:25PM - 15:40PM
Time to take a break, mingle and talk to some awesome people!
15:40PM - 16:00PM
Speakers: Dustin Craun, Mohammad Faris and Syed Irfan Ajmal
Topic: Wisdom 2.0 – Practicing Mindfulness, Awareness and Wellness in the Workplace
16:00PM - 16:20PM
Speaker: Rafi-uddin Shikoh, Dinar Standard
Topic: Whos Got Big Plans? Building Islam Inspired Global Brands
16:20pm - 16:40pm
Speaker: Omar Al Busaidy, Just Read It | Abu Dhabi Tourism
Topic: Starting a Successful Business in the United Arab Emirates
16:40PM - 17:00PM
Speaker: Harun Rashid, ME Network
Topic: How to Have a Mindset of a Successful Entrepreneur
17:00PM - 18:00PM
Time to ask your most pressing questions to our speakers!
20:00PM - 22:00PM
Time to connect and mix with amazing speakers and guests.
09:00AM - 10:00AM
10:00AM - 10:20AM
Speakers: Shahed Amanuallah | Founder of Affinis Labs
How to Effectively Market to Muslim consumers
10:20AM - 10:40AM
Speakers: Mohammad Faris, Founder of Productive Muslim
Where Productivity Meets Faith
10:40AM - 11:00AM
Speakers: Mohammed Al Awadhi, Peeta Planet
11:00AM - 11:20AM
Speakers: Shahbaz Mirza, Ramadan Legacy
Young Entrepreneurs: Challenges and Opportunities Building the Next Generation of Islamic economy startups
11:40AM - 12:00PM
Speakers: Bilal Memon, Quran Academy
Founders, Funding and Islamic Finance – Challenges and Opportunities for Muslim Founders
12:00PM - 13:30PM
Time to get some great food, relax and connect with awesome people!
13:30PM - 13:50PM
Speakers: Alia Khan, CEO of Islamic Fashion and Design Council
Islamic Fashion Startups: Challenges & Opportunities
13:50PM - 14:10PM
Speakers: Omar Taha
Building a Strong Business Model for Your Company
14:30PM - 14:50PM
Speakers: Hodan Ibrahim
Creating the Next Generation of Muslim Women Entrepreneurs
14:50PM - 15:10PM
Speakers: Shahed Amanullah
15:30PM - 15:50PM
Speakers: Syed Irfan Ajmal
How Startup Founders Can Use Personal Branding to Attract the Right Opportunities
14:40 - 14:55
Speaker: Zaina Kanaan, Charicycles
The Future of Business in Impacting Changing Communities
Speakers: Farrukh Naeem
15-minute crash course to dominate social media with pro-hacks and tools
15:30pm - 15:50pm
Speakers: Maruf Yusupov, Halal Ad
Topic: Road to Success Definition of success for Muslims: Challenges of Entrepreneur Life
15:50pm - 16:05pm
Speaker: Elena Nikolova, Muslim Travel Girl
Topic: The dream of travel the reality of work” – Making it a successful Venture
16:05pm - 16:20pm
Speakers: Manal Bassay, Fiore Nero Interiors
Topic: Why Emotional Leadership is the Key Leadership Skill to Hav
Speakers: AbdelMohaiman Mansi
Topic: Closing remarks from Co-founder of M Powered Summit
Startups, Small Business Owners Leading Entrepreneurs in the Islamic Economy, Creatives, Corporate Decision Makers
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If you want to take you and your business to the next level, this is where can learn more about the Islamic economy, the fastest-growing market opportunity in the world reaching $2.47 trillion by 2018. There are plenty of untapped opportunities for entrepreneurs and investors to take advantage of this.
We are a grassroots start-up conference dedicated. We are focusing providing entrepreneurs and startups practical knowledge and resources to help them grow their companies. From how to develop your brand to how to fundraise for your company – you’ll be able to meet world class entrepreneurs who’ve done it themselves and help you avoid making the same mistake.
If you’re travelling by car, you have direct access from the city’s main highway, Sheikh Zayed Road – giving you a direct gateway to all areas of Dubai and the wider UAE. Within the DWTC complex, there is a multi-storey parking facilities for around 5,000 cars.
There is also main public transport bus and metro route. Be sure to get off at “World Trade Centre Metro Station” and you’ll be there within minutes.
Come to our summit and learn how some entrepreneurs have done the same through panel discussions, inspiring talks, mentorship sessions, networking and post-event dinners.
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