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Welcome to the Riyadh branch of the Digital & Tech meetup, brought to you by AstroLabs! https://astrolabs.com

In this meetup, we'll be sharing free events related to technology, digital marketing, startups, entrepreneurship and much more across Riyadh and all of Saudi! Stay tuned and hope to see you at a future event!

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Nail your Instagram - for Businesses

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RSVP here to confirm your spot: https://academy.astrolabs.com/dm-webinar-english The AstroLabs Online Live Digital Marketing course is designed with up-to-date platform insights (Google, Facebook, Instagram, and more), real-life examples, and customized content for the region. AstroLabs instructors bring a wealth of knowledge anchored in their own practical experience, making the sessions truly interactive. Curious to know what our online training looks like? Join us on Tuesday July 7th to find out what the Digital Marketing Live Online Course looks like. During the session we will walk you through the tools we use to run our sessions as well as the topics we will cover. This is a free webinar. Best part is that you can join us from anywhere! This meetup is an introduction to our Online Live Digital Marketing course which offers comprehensive and practical training in different topics in Digital Marketing. The session will talk about overall: Your brand's Instagram grid: how to get that compelling brand to show through your imagery, through your story and your brand's tone of voice. The session will include: -Branding your Instagram -Why you should brand your Instagram -The USPs in your grid -The tone of voice -The Colors -The Stories -Putting it all together into action About the Speaker: Abdel Kader Jrab is a Digital Marketing Professional with over 10 years of experience in the field, he specializes in Social Media, SEO, SEM, Email and eCommerce. Abed is the Co-Founder of Beit Byout (An online retailer for home decor accessories) and a Digital Marketing Instructor at the Lebanese American University and at AstroLabs Academy. Hope you can join us!


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You’ve been pushing ahead at full steam…and all of sudden an asteroid hit you hard. And it’s not your fault. What will it take to survive? In this webinar we’ll focus on how you, a startup founder, can navigate these difficult times. How you can grasp the current situation quickly, take action, marshal resources, show leadership and steer your startup into open skies and bright horizons. The topics we’ll address include: Current situation - Covid -19, the big picture, casualties and thrivers What's happening about getting financed ? Any Investors around? Sink or swim - Start-ups keeping their head above the water? How to lead in the times of uncertainty, Q&A … and some more! Presented by Supernova Startups. We’re focussed on helping you to “Rebuild from the Rubble”. We will educate, mentor and support you in these challenging times. SUPERNOVA STARTUPS: Supernova Startups supports entrepreneurs and founders in their early stages to get on the right trajectory, to help them avoid mistakes and to become future stars. The founders of Supernova have been involved in several ventures in the past and understand exactly what pains and traps are awaiting new entrepreneurs. There is a combined wealth of expertise and knowledge, from finance, business advisory and collaboration with blue-chip companies, to academic experience in business and innovation that spans across continents and world renowned business schools. Supernova Startups is focussed on helping startups to “Rebuild from the Rubble”. We will educate, mentor and support them in challenging times. About the speakers: Richard Zalan From Air Traffic Control to Structural Design, from freelancing to running a company and outsourcing, and after 30+ years of live long learning, he decided to divorce his career and became an entrepreneur. Fear of change has never been part of his vocabulary. Involved in several startups, he grew thick skin and wishes to help others to gain resilience in the changing environment. Richard is committed to mentoring young entrepreneurs and finding common ground with seasoned founders. Naz Ahmed Naz is the Finance and Idea Creation Director at Supernova Startups as well as the Managing Partner of Goldshaw Limited based in the UK and UAE. A highly experienced Strategic, Finance and Business Advisor who has held leading positions consulting and collaborating with many Blue-Chip companies such as Apple, IBM, Nortel Networks, Telefonica, NCR, Vodafone, Cornerstone and Herbalife, just to name a few. More recently, Naz has been keen to focus on the Start-Up environment in the Middle East to help start-ups achieve their goals and metamorphose into strong international players. Dr. Tatiana Zalan (MA, MBA, PhD), A/Professor of Management at AUD Tatiana has 30+ years of experience in business and academia across Australia, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Tatiana’s business experience includes several startups, one of them being a new private university in Australia. Tatiana has been an academic advisor to several startups, received research and teaching awards and frequently presents at international academic and industry conferences on topics related to digital disruption, innovation, blockchain and cryptocurrencies. Tatiana is excited to work with entrepreneurs who use digital technologies to build things that matter.

Protecting Your Business - Legal Lessons Learnt During COVID-19

This meetup is for all founders, executives and business stakeholders who would like some real-life and practical insights on lessons taken from the COVID-19 crisis and lockdown. We will cover themes such as contractual issues, employee issues, leases, founder agreements, debt recovery, investor agreements and other matters that were impacted by recent events, and what businesses and founders can do to be more resilient and stronger as we move post-crisis. Agenda: We will cover general contractual issues, employee issues, leases, founder agreements, debt recovery, investor agreements and other matters that were impacted by recent events Practical takeaways: Practical takeaways will be concrete and practical steps for a founder/business to incorporate in their legal documentation as well as strategic insight into how to better protect their business in times of stress. About the speaker: Arjun Ahluwalia. Early Stage Venture Lawyer. Argentum Law. Arjun is a New York-qualified attorney focusing on technology, investment, M&A, project finance and general commercial transactions, with over a decade of experience with leading firms including Shearman & Sterling, Allen & Overy and Latham & Watkins in New York, London, Paris and Dubai. His representative experience includes a strong focus on start-ups and entrepreneurial ventures across the technology, F&B and FMCG industries includes advising such ventures as Beam Wallet, DUBZ, Careem, Crayon, Deposit-Book, Yahoo!, Swich, Sugar Moo and Smartotels amongst others. https://www.linkedin.com/in/arjunahluwalia/. Osman Aboubakr. General Counsel. Argentum Law. Osman is a seasoned business adviser and results-oriented legal executive with over 13 years' experience as trusted corporate counsel in the Oil & Gas, Construction and Building Technologies sectors and in private practice. He has over a decade's worth of experience in the Middle East, of which five years were heading up regional in-house legal functions. Considerable international experience in North America, Europe, Middle East, Asia and North Africa gained with world-class organizations. Before founding Argentum Law, experience was gained with United Technologies Corporation (Legal Director, Middle East and Turkey), BP plc (Head of Legal, MENA), Carillion plc (Solicitor, MENA) and Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP. https://www.linkedin.com/in/osmanaboubakr/

Scaling with Zero: Exponential Organisations

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This workshop is presented by Kaizen Consulting Group, in collaboration with AstroLabs Middle East. Important Note: The workshop link will be shared post-registration. To ensure you receive the link, please register with the email address where you’d like to receive the webinar log in details. Workshop Summary: Is your business strategy a liability? Exponential Organizations (ExOs) are a new breed of organisations disrupting entire industries by scaling as fast as exponential technologies do. For start-ups, the limitations to growth are two-fold: external and internal. Externally, there needs to be more or better marketing, awareness, desire and uptake. Internally, the business needs to be able to meet the increased demand, execute operations effectively and maintain the required equipment/inventory/resources. And the internal pressure can be more challenging than the external in many cases. This talk will explore how businesses can utilise changing trends, upcoming technology and be part of the Fourth Industrial Revolution - and remove many of the internal barriers to scale. This will allow them to increase resources quickly and efficiently, without the major investments that the bigger competitors have to make, allowing the businesses to remain profitable and agile. About the speaker: Entrepreneur, award-winning business strategy coach, and international speaker,Murtaza Manji is the co-founder of Kaizen Consulting Group which he set up in the UK in 2011 before expanding to the UAE a year later. Since then, the company has evolved significantly with ambitious plans to expand further. His vision is to positively impact the countries the Group operates in by supporting clients to create lasting values and legacies.

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