BIAC highlights Saudi startup drive at Web Summit

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Time: November 08, 2018   

Saudi Arabia’s Business Incubators and Accelerators Company (BIAC) highlighted the kingdom’s expertise and support for technology start-ups and entrepreneurs at Web Summit 2018, a top influential technology event.

A subsidiary of the Saudi Development and Technical Investment Company (Taqnia), took part in  Europe’s largest tech event, held at Lisbon, Portugal, from November 4 to 8.

Participating in a roundtable discussion on “Investing in Mena – the Challenges and Opportunities” at Web Summit 2018, BIAC emphasized on the government legislation and its numerous initiatives that are a catalyst in fostering and creating a world-class entrepreneurship-friendly ecosystem in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Furthermore, BIAC shared details of its various services and achievements in the area of technical entrepreneurship, and its role in implementing the Saudi Vision 2030, an initiative through which the Kingdom aspires to diversify its productive base, enhance its competitiveness and accelerate transformation to a knowledge-based economy.

Nawaf Al-Sahhaf, chief executive officer of BIAC Company, commented: “BIAC’s participation in Web Summit 2018 gave us the privilege of sharing the initiatives of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in enabling and supporting start-ups to launch their businesses by taking advantage of the innovative services provided by government agencies and specialized business incubators.”

In the past three years, the Kingdom has seen a surge in start-up accelerators, and incubators for technology companies, as many government and non-profit organizations, are directly or indirectly supporting the Saudi entrepreneurs. The Kingdom has over 40 business incubators and several accelerator programs, half of which of have some form of government affiliation.

“The ever-growing startup ecosystem in the Kingdom has created a conducive environment for innovation, contributing significantly to the economy. There have been many high-value deals in the local startup space helping them grow even stronger. As a result, investors are showing confidence in the ecosystem by throwing their support behind startups,” added Al-Sahhaf.

Al-Sahhaf stated that start-ups in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia stand in a better position to succeed than ever, given the growing positive sentiment and optimism in the industry, despite challenges.

This article was first published in Trade Arabia

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