Endeavor hosted an Endeavor eMERGE event in Dubai this month, bringing together top members of the network from the MENA region for two days of networking, workshops and discussion. With a particular focus on the development of human capital, the event featured participation from 20+ Endeavor Entrepreneurs and candidates from the UAE, Lebanon, Jordan, Spain and Saudi Arabia, as well as a number of industry and business leaders.
The first night’s networking dinner
The event kicked off with a networking dinner that gathered nearly 40 attendees, including the entrepreneurs, Endeavor staff and board members, for an informal introductory meeting. Notable members of Endeavor UAE‘s board, including Fadi Ghandour, Noor Sweid, Souheil Hajjar and Board Chairman Patrick Chalhoub, were also in attendance. A number of cross-border connections were made during the night of networking, most notably between Endeavor Spain Entrepreneur Ignasi Vilajosana, founder of Worldsensing, and members of Endeavor’s MENA network.
Selected into the network in 2014 as the first entrepreneur from Endeavor Spain, Ignasi was also invited to keynote the Smart Living City conference in Dubai the same week. As the founder of Worldsensing, a traffic management and infrastructure solutions firm, Ignasi aims to leverage the concept of the “Internet of Things” by integrating sensor monitoring technology in cities to make them smarter, safer and more efficient. The Smart Living City event brought together high-level representatives from startups, foundations, corporations and more to highlight the future of urban living and the opportunities for technology and development to intersect. At the eMERGE dinner, Ignasi was able to meet a number of Endeavor Entrepreneurs leading companies that are also leveraging technology in unique and innovative ways.
During the following day of workshops, Sal Giambanco, partner at the Omidyar Network, led an interactive and engaging workshop on human capital for both Endeavor staff and participating entrepreneurs. The entrepreneurs conducted an organizational review to identify key talent opportunities based on their business priorities in order to better understand their needs. Sal equipped the entrepreneurs with “tools” to help them assess their human capital and elicit better performance from their employees. In addition, he had them take a look at practical processes they could put in place as leaders to improve feedback and ensure employee satisfaction. He also placed an emphasis on work-life balance, the delegation of responsibilities, and an overall focus on personal health that could easily translate into the professional space. A subsequent Q&A session from the entrepreneurs raised critical questions about real-world business issues with talent management and employee retention.
The day culminated with positive feedback in praise of the event’s networking and learning opportunities, as well as requests for future eMERGE events. Learn more about the Endeavor eMERGE California event that took place in June by clicking here.
A human capital workshop led by Omidyar Network’s Sal Giambanco