STEP Conference is one of the largest gatherings of entrepreneurs, investors and enthusiasts in the Middle East. With more than 4000 participants expected this year, it’s being billed a place to be if you are a startup, investor or just need some inspiration. Check out the summary video of last years conference at the end of this post.

Being modeled after the famous tech events in the US like SXSW, the STEP Conference is an amalgamation of Tech, Music, Food, Hackathons and more. The speakers include the who’s who of startup fame like Fadi Ghandour (Wamda Capital), Arif Naqvi (The Abraaj Group), Amir Farha  (BECO Capital) and many more…

Startups can look forward to a host of activities not including the immense amount of networking that can happen at events like this. Pitch competition, workshops on various topics (sign up not posted at the time of publishing this article), Mentoring and Hackthons to name just a few.

To add to the craziness, live music and food trucks are expected to be around to lighten the mood and fill everyone’s stomach with mouth watering food.

Tickets are quite expensive but i think there are various competitions happening around town where you can get tickets for free. I got mine on the Business Breakfast Radio 103.8. Shout out to the business breakfast team!

The website details the various tracks, the speakers and investors who are expected to be present during the two days. More information on –


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