Let’s face it: launching a business is hard. Imposter syndrome, burnout, fear of failure, and even fear of success are real issues that need to be overcome – not to mention the external hurdles you have to go through! Add on a unique set of challenges that come with launching a business in the UAE, and you’re left with a whole host of unanswered questions. So who do you turn to for help with starting up your own venture or navigating the exciting world of SME ownership in Dubai?
That Dubai Girl, of course! The wonderful women who founded this community are gearing up to host the Small Business + Entrepreneurs Networking Event, a one-off event during which guest speakers will answer all your questions, talk to you about how they set up their businesses, and address topics that will help any small business owner (and ladies looking to step into the start-up arena).
About the Event
That Dubai Girl Small Business + Entrepreneurs Networking Event
Mark your calendars for Tuesday, June 8 at Media One Hotel for the first Small Business + Entrepreneurs Networking Event hosted by That Dubai Girl. The event starts at 6pm. This is an opportunity to connect with other local business owners whilst receiving helpful advice and guidance from industry experts on topics including:
- Business licensing
- Business bank accounts
- Payment portals
- Social media and so much more
Each presentation will include a short Q&A session with industry experts. The panel of guests and topics include:
Jenna Jenkins, Luxe Incorporations
Presentation to cover “Building your business”. Jenna is a qualified and licensed company formation specialist and actively works with entrepreneurs and businesses looking to set up businesses inside the UAE, providing effective set-up solutions, pro services, visas, and attestation services.
Tarek Ghobar, PayLink app
Presentation to cover “Guide to accepting online payments, risks, and opportunities”. A three-time tech entrepreneur with a fintech and e-commerce focus, Tarek managed Foodpanda’s growth across the Middle East (part of Talabat today), taking the platform from 100 to over 15,000 orders per day in less than three years. His previous two ventures were in health tech, one of which supplied products to international teams (Manchester United and Germany’s national football team), which was later acquired. Tarek holds two degrees in Aerospace Engineering and is currently the co-founder of PayLink, a Forbes Middle East Fintech Top 20 Company that allows small and micro businesses to accept online and card payments in minutes.
Amanda Bailey, AB Consultancy
Presentation to cover “Business operation systems are the backbone of your business”. Amanda is the founder of AB Consultancy and brings with her 10 years of corporate experience. She successfully set up her Virtual Assistant Business, where she was featured in Forbes and Jamaican primetime TV. Having seen the struggles that agency owners face with automating and structuring their backend business operations firsthand, Amanda now facilitates workshops and strategy sessions for CEOs and leadership teams using her Operations Excellence Framework, enabling them to enhance their operational management from the inside out.
Kairo Rahma, Konceptualise
Presentation to cover “How to create a winning social media strategy for your business”. Founder and Head of Marketing at Konceptualise, a creative marketing agency helping brands fine-tune their social media strategy for better business. Before launching Konceptualise, he helped SMEs and major global brands in achieving their business goals by using social media as one of the vessels in their business strategies. Some of the brands that he has worked with include Live Nation, Festival Republic, Feedsauce, and Dior, just to name a few.
Monica Malhotra, The Gaggler
Presentation to cover “How to navigate your entrepreneurial journey in today’s digital world”. Two-time entrepreneur in both education and online publishing, Monica brought NY’s favourite early years education concept Kidville to Dubai in 2010, making it the first international franchise for the brand. After selling the business in 2018, she began conceptualising her next venture, The Gaggler, a digital lifestyle platform and community that provides a voice to women in the Middle East. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, Monica worked with corporations in the consulting, pharmaceutical, and investment banking industries in New York, California, and London.
After the presentations and Q&A sessions, you have the option to join the networking dinner at Media One Hotel, where you will have the opportunity to network with other business owners and entrepreneurs. This is a fantastic opportunity to build new professional relationships, expand your network, and gain insights from other business owners.
Programme of Events:
Arrival from 6-6:30pm – Event check-in at Qwerty
6:30-8:30pm – Expert presentations with Q&A
8:30-10pm – Networking dinner in Qwerty
Option 1 – Presentations only (AED 100)
Option 2 – Presentations and networking dinner (AED 175)
Payments will be taken in full upon arrival at the event. Safe networking will be supported by social distancing restrictions. Masks must be worn at all times during presentations.
To book your tickets, head to thatdubaigirl.com.