Berlin meets Middle East


In 2017 startup connect organised delegation trips for SMEs, startups, investors and accelerators from the Middle East, North Africa, and Europe to explore opportunities for lasting business relations in new markets.

With the delegation trips we headed to the top startup hubs and conferences in Egypt, Lebanon, UAE, Jordan and Germany. Each trip conference was framed by a tailor-made program including workshops on intercultural communication, legal requirements and meetings with important key players.

Have a look at our trips in 2017:


Amman 2017

Our last trip brought us to one of the most evolved and robust startup ecosystems in the Middle East: Amman, Jordan. With its ambitious governmental initiatives and dedicated players within the startup scene, Amman was designed to be one of the early hubs in the region ever since offers an extraordinary pool of tech talent.

December 2017 | Find out more: Delegation trip to Amman

RiseUp 2017

RiseUp Summit is a three-day startup conference in the heart of Downtown Cairo, Egypt. It gathers bright minds, inspiring entrepreneurs, power player investors and media from more than 120 countries to share their experiences and ideas. From workshops, talks, panels to startup stations, pitch competitions and networking platforms the summit showcases the flourishing entrepreneurial ecosystem in the Middle East and North Africa.

December 2017 | Find out more: Delegation trip to RiseUp Summit 2017

Berlin 2017

This trip brought us to Europe where we explored the exciting Berlin startup scene. The city is becoming the gravitational force of technology and innovation with an infinite amount of talent, creativity and opportunity. Together we attended Europe’s coolest tech conference: Tech Open Air and discovered Europe’s startup capital at the intersection of tech, music, art, and science where a powerful mix of talent and opportunity comes together to connect, grow and be inspired.

July 2017 | Find out more: Delegation trip to Berlin

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Dubai 2017

We visited another rapidly emerging startup hub: Dubai. It is setting itself up to become an integral player in the Middle East’s technology evolution with amazing opportunities for the flourishing startup scene. With its central location, the right infrastructure and low costs of technology, it is the most promising destination for tech startups.

The delegation attended the Step Conference with 6,000 like-minded folks from all over the globe tackling tech, digital and entertainment, attracting the best the region has to offer in influencers, investors, and entrepreneurs.

April 2017 | Find out more: Delegation trip to Dubai


Beirut 2017

Beirut is rapidly shaping up to be the powerhouse for startups in the Middle East with a highly entrepreneurial culture, favorable policies and great access to growth funding. The delegation attended the ArabNet Conference which this year focused on digital media & marketing, banking, innovation & entrepreneurship. Together the group found out how Beirut is uniquely poised to generate promising startups, which aim both at the Arab world and the world at large.

February 2017 | Find out more: Delegation trip to Beirut

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Cairo 2016

Cairo’s vibrant startup scene is becoming an entrepreneurial force to be reckoned as it is one of the best cities in the Middle East to launch a startup. The group joined the three-day entrepreneurship marathon which is RiseUp Summit, where about 4,500 exciting people from the ecosystems worldwide got to meet and connect.

December 2016 | Find out more: Delegation trip to Cairo