300 Seconds on Stage is a global competition that is open to entrepreneurs from any industry with a new business that has yet to raise any outside capital from angel investors, venture capital firms or other formal sources of seed funding.
At ITCfest, our objective is to find 14 the most disruptive Startups from any industry and anywhere in the World.
It is FREE to attend as a startup. Take the chance & develop your company.
We offer new firms the opportunity to present their ideas. ITCfest is where theory meets practice and, aside from the substantive part, everyone can also get involved in various networking activities.
Our goal is to create growth opportunities for emerging firms and to acquaint them with the investment environment.
You will be able to meet numerous specialists during the Festival, who will contribute to the growth of your business through established connections.
The winners will be selected by a panel of judges who will be looking at a range of criteria including growth potential, passion, creativity, level of idea development, and their pitching skills. Each judge’s score is weighed equally.
Senior Executive - IBM Middle East and Africa
Juan Jose de la Torre
Juan Jose de la Torre (J.J.) is a Digital Hero, Design Evangelist and Digital Transformation expert. As IBM’s Digital Transformation Leader for Middle East and Africa, JJ helps IBM clients to embrace digital technologies to reinvent their operations and achieve a new customer experience.
A Media, Telco and Digital senior executive, JJ has almost two decades of experience across America, Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. His drive and expertise has led to him to hold senior positions with global multinationals including IBM, Orange, TeliaSonera, Etisalat and Booz & Company., combining a unique blend of corporate, consulting and entrepreneurial experience & expertise.
Founder of 3 companies, an angel investor in 14 ventures and a mentor for more than 120 startups, JJ has been an advisor to the UN and OECD in mobility and innovation subjects and has been featured by FT, WSJ, Forbes, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Entrepreneur among other major media publications as a digital disruptor, ventures and worldwide leader in digital transformation. With more than 45 thousand followers in Twitter, JJ is an active though leader in social media and a contributor to leading digital media.
J.J. holds an MBA from INSEAD, a Masters from La Salle and an Industrial Engineer degree from Adolfo Ibanez. A former professional DJ, J.J. enjoys travelling and adventure sports. He currently lives in Dubai with his wife Maria and his two sons.
President European Association of Virtual reality and Augmented Reality (EuroVR)
Dr. Marco Sacco
Dr. Marco Sacco, senior researcher at Institute of Industrial Technology and Automation of the National Research Council (ITIA-CNR) and head of division Enterprise Engineering and Virtual Application (25 researchers).
President of European Association for Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality and Member of the board AITEM (Italian Association for Mechanical Technology) with responsibility for Virtual and Digital Manufacturing.
Responsible of the three Virtual Lab of ITIA-CNR (Milan, Lecco and Bari) created for transfer the AR/VR technologies to the Italian industries through active collaboration on research and industrial projects.
Main research sectors are: Virtual and Augmented Reality, Simulation. Semantic Web and Ontologies:
Coordinator of 4 EU projects and manager for ITIA-CNR of 30+ research projects among them some international with Chinese, Canadian and Brazilian partners. The projects (National and European) are both in the Manufacturing (Factory of the Future) as well as in Health/Well-being and AAL sectors.
He has more than 100 publications, including papers in academic journals and conference proceedings on the following topics: Virtual & Augmented Reality, Applied Robotic, Semantic Web & Ontology, Simulation and Training.
Incubation Manager at DTEC Tech Startup Incubator, Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority - Government of Dubai
Sirine Fadoul is Incubation Manager at DTEC Tech Startup Incubator, Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority – Government of Dubai – in charge of the Investment Selection and Incubation Program working closely with tech entrepreneurs on their strategic and operational plans. She sits on the advisory board of several tech startups in Dubai and MENA.
Sirine was awarded Mentor of the Year 2016 by Arabian Business Awards.
Business Development & Partnership Manager - StartersHub
StartersHub is a world-class entrepreneurship platform acting as a catalyst in the entrepreneurial ecosystem. StartersHub offers startups everything they need, including funding, mentorship, networking and strategic partnership support and an inspiring work place at the heart of the business.
In addition to accepting applications all year round from any technology field, StartersHub will also run industry specific programs with strategic partners in Financial Technologies, Gaming, Life Sciences, Internet of Things and Big Data. StartersHub is the place where ideas are enabled and nurtured.
Angel Investor, Business Developer, and Strategist.
(His investment REKMOB acquired by ReklamStore in Q1-2016 and covered largely in media)
Ali is advising to for Estonian based tech-fund Bluecap Strategic Solutions for technology investments, which has 11 investments in US, Israel and Turkey. He is also holding an advisor role in fastest-growing Business Management company Opsago, and working directly with Private Equity’s in EMEA region.
As a professional speaker, he gave speeches in local and global events in Ireland, Germany, Egypt, UK, USA and Turkey on more then fifty events. He is still sharing his thoughts on e-businesses in his personal blog http://alibabaoglan.com/blog and on his Twitter account @alibabaoglan