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Start Up Brunch


1:00 pm


4:00 pm

Start Up Brunch

A get-together for entrepreneurs, innovators, and change-makers.

Startup Brunch is an initiative by Creative Zone to bring entrepreneurs and innovators of the region closer by facilitating a platform where they can enjoy conversations, company and food.

The brunch will involve speakers sharing their stories, answering questions, discussing startup trends, a splendid afternoon of business conversations, delectable food and networking.


  • 1:00 PM Meet & Greet
  • 1:15 PM Introduction
  • 1:30 PM Omar Al Busaidy, Global Possibilities
  • 2:00 PM Maryam A Hassani, Zealous
  • 2:30 PM Edward Matti, Managing Partner, CCM Consultancy
  • 3:00 PM Networking Onwards


    Lorenzo Jooris

    Lorenzo Jooris

    CEO, Creative Zone

    Lorenzo Jooris is the CEO of Creative Zone, Dubai’s leading business advisory firm. Mr Jooris holds extensive and diverse experience in the Middle Eastern and South Asian business markets and retains an expert opinion on the regions’ SMEs and startup culture. He was the founder of One World Communications, a full-fledged multi-media powerhouse advising governments around the world in branding and communication strategies. He, later on, started LEADERS Middle East Magazine in the UAE and formulated ‘Leaders without Borders’ an initiative that promotes young social entrepreneurs’ development and Power Women of Arabia Debate. In 2018, he joined Arton Capital as the Vice President of global growth and strategy where he oversaw the international expansion of the company and was in charge of sales, marketing and events worldwide. Lorenzo is a firm believer in giving back to the community, and within Creative Zone he has spearheaded significant initiatives to help and support promising startups and entrepreneurs. He is also the author of “Recipes for a Better World” and serves as an advisor to the James Michel Foundation.


    Dariush Soudi

    Founder, Arena Capital

    Dariush Soudi has 4 decades of experience as a global sales leader, entrepreneur and international keynote speaker. Founder & CEO for Arena Capital Dubai. Dariush holds great passion in supporting businesses to grow to an international scale and has worked in various industries . He helps upscale business by supporting platforms to heighten Sales and marketing hence increasing profitability As founder for Gladiator Mastery, Dariush has cultivated a movement of over 2 million individuals determined to succeed, by sharing his unique strategies and techniques. He is an author conducts various interactive session programs , seminars and events A truly phenomenal entrepreneur

    Reg Athwal

    Founder & Managing Director, RTS Global Partners

    Reg Athwal is the Founder, Chairman & Managing Director of RTS Global Partners and the Athwal Family Business Academy with 4 Operating Solution Areas: Advisory, Education, Technology and Investments. RTS provides transformational family business solutions delivered predominately to Family Owned Businesses & Entrepreneurs and is the largest firm in the AMEA region, delivering solutions with a team of 19 Executives, Global Certified Partners, Corporate Staff & Consultants spread across Africa, Middle East & Asia, with the HQ in Dubai-UAE. RTS has a big vision to open RTS Global Licensed Partner Offices in 150 cities by 2033. Athwal is currently retained as a Global Trusted Executive Advisor by many entrepreneurs and family businesses, which he strategically supports via the Global Partners at ‘RTS’ with their respective clients. He has advised 126 family business groups to date from 1st to 6th generation. His philosophy is built upon One Family – One Legacy, by putting Family First to drive harmony and unity for any family who operates a business.

    Vusi Thembekwayo

    Venture Capitalist

    Vusi Thembekwayo is a world-renowned South African entrepreneur, public speaker and venture capitalist. Vusi is best known as one of the 'dragons' in the South African version of Dragons Den. Dragons Den was a DSTV Mzansi Magic reality show in which entrepreneurs pitched their ideas to a group of investors with hopes for investment in their businesses. Vusi Thembekwayo has invested in many businesses and is regarded as one of the richest South Africans under 35. His talks empower his audience with new knowledge, research findings, and tools to immediately apply in their businesses or careers to achieve "step-change" results. At 25, Vusi ran a R400mn division in a R17bn multi-national and today is widely regarded as one of the most disruptive forces in venture capital in Africa. Vusi was amongst the youngest directors of a listed in South Africa and now serves on several boards. Currently, Vusi is the CEO of a boutique investment & advisory firm in Africa. Leading by example, his firm forces medium, large and listed businesses into much needed and lucrative new directions. Having graced the covers of Entrepreneur Magazine, with features on Forbes and Inc500, Vusi's social media engagement often mirrors that of a Rockstar.

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