btov Discovery in Dubai – 13th – 18th April 2018 – Early bird fee until 31st January 2018

btov has been invited by the Dubai Future Accelerator (link) to get to know the start-up and investor scene in Dubai with a group of btov members during a short trip. Now we have planned a btov Discovery in Dubai from April 13th to 18th, 2018, which is an initiative of btov member Hubertus Thonhauser (link), who has been travelling the Gulf region for several years, has already made direct investments in companies there and is now living in Dubai. Hubertus is regularly involved with companies and investors from the Accelerator program.

The Gulf region has made a name for itself in recent months with innovative technology projects, including the mega-project of the city of Neom (link), but also with the support of prototype trials such as the btov associated company Volocopter (link & video). Dubai is consciously used by many growth companies from the western hemisphere as a hub and stepping stone into the Arab and Asian markets. The Dubai Future Accelerator where we want to spend a full day to get to know the docked (more mature) companies of the second batch and investors, is positioned as such. In the accelerator, we will not see any companies in the seed phase, but primarily start-ups with already significant sales, which are in the process of advancing their internationalization. We want to use the remaining days of the trip for 1:1 meetings with investors (including Dubai Angel Network (link) and WOMENA (link) and founders/entrepreneurs from the region, such as Mr. Mohamed Al Ballaa (LinkedIn).

The program will be accompanied by a short touristic program on the day of arrival and an investor’s briefing on the impressions and findings of the trip on the day of departure. Of course, passengers are free to arrive or depart sooner or later. The participants organize their arrival and departure as well as the accommodation on site individually. btov coordinates the program and organizes the dinner/networking meetings.

We have agreed with our partners in Dubai that it only makes sense to carry out the trip if we can inspire more than 15 (and not more than 20) accompanying investors.

Next Steps

We kindly ask you to let us know by email us by 9th February 2018 whether you would like to travel with us (mailto: janine.kaegi@btov.vc) to Dubai and whether you would like to receive the Jumeirah Towers booking link. The room contingent of 20 rooms is reserved until 10th February 2018.