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ntrepreneurs from all over the MENA region came together at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel on November 4, 2014 for the first Enterprise Agility Forum, which featured some of the best minds in the region’s business arena sharing their insights with the 300 participants that attended the half day conference. Presented by du, the Enterprise Agility Forum, the inaugural event held under the Entrepreneur Middle East Industry Intel banner, began with keynote speaker H.H. Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum, Executive Chairman, SHUAA Capital, who 28

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took to the stage to highlight the important role SMEs play in the UAE and the wider Middle East region. According to Sheikh Maktoum, SMEs are responsible for 80% of all employment in the UAE. In his address, Sheikh Maktoum also shared his tips for entrepreneurs in the region to guarantee their success. “When you choose to be an entrepreneur, you choose to sacrifice time you would otherwise spend [on other activities]; you would put all your money in your business,” he said. “Being a successful entrepreneur is a zero-sum game: you’re either all in, or you’re all out.”

Sheikh Maktoum’s address set the tone for the three panel discussions planned for the day, which focused on the various challenges that SMEs face in the UAE. The first of the Talking Series looked into the types of capital injection strategies that Dubai SMEs have at their disposal, which had as its panelists Imad Ghandour, co-founder and Managing Director, CedarBridge, Ludmila Yamalova, founder and manager, HPL Yamalova & Plewka Legal Consultants, Vikram Shroff, Director, Regal Group, and Ahmed Al Mheiri, Executive Director of Business Development and

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