North Star 2023 was joined by more than 923 global investors from 56 countries representing a total combined $1 Trillion AUM and the most
active VCs deploying funds.
In 2023, the Investor Programme grew to be the largest gathering of Investors across VCs, CVCs,
Accelerators, Venture Studios, Angels, and Institutional Investors making it the most diverse programme
for investors at any tech event.
This was the first year I was in Dubai for GITEX and North Star, and I have to admit
I was very impressed. I met over 50 founders, and spoke with over 100
fellow VCs, Angels and PE investors.
I am actually still following up
on a list of 89 "short term follow ups" based on synergies and collaborations
discussed during the days I was there.
We found some true gems at Expand North Star and listened to over 50 startup
, had detailed conversations with more than 15 and will be doing
further discussions with some of them. There were many excellent speakers, including
the unicorn founders, talking about topics that are super relevant to startups.
I spent by far the most time at North Star compared to other events I have
I met a Founder at the North Star event that is building a business that represented
a gap in our portfolio. Since then, my fund has added a lot of post-investment value
to the Startup. We concluded the investment in December.
North Star remains the best way for investors like us to meet the latest startups
from Africa, the Middle East and beyond. And the DWTC team did a great job putting
together a great expo and facilitating many fruitful encounters with founders.
Definitely worth attending.
North Star is a great conference for investors that are looking to expand their
network, learn about the latest trends in tech and meet high quality and diverse
startups. The matchmaking program adds a unique value to the whole experience.
Key Insights on Fundraising in MENA
Why invest in the MENA region, and in particular in Dubai? “The combination of
a favorable tax regime, strategic location, and access to talent has propelled Dubai
into the spotlight as a launchpad for startups looking to scale globally.
Insights on Navigating MENA's Thriving Tech Landscape
Expand North Star is the perfect place to experience the promise of the MENA region
and widen your connections. "The capital is there, but it's still very much about
relationship building … You've gotta remember that for every individual
coming out here, pitching a fund, there's another 300 coming out.
Raising Capital in MENA
There's been a lot of transformation in the last 10 to 15 years. It's gone from a
traditional mindset, which was pretty much based around banking, oil and gas,
retail, and things
like that, to an innovation economy.
GITEX and Expand North Star provided a dynamic landscape for investment opportunities. Expertly organized by the Dubai World Trade Center, these events showcased emerging technologies and ambitious early-stage ventures, expanding my investment thesis. The warm and welcoming culture of Dubai added a personal touch to the business interactions, fostering meaningful connections and collaboration.
Our concierge meetings team matches you with over 1,800+ exhibiting global startups based on your interests, investment levels, and stage preferences. Our meeting service is the only one worldwide that is actually powered by humans not algorithms.
Meet active tech investors from around the globe to connect over co-investment opportunities, fundraising and new partnerships.
Over four days, the Expand North Star conference programme features unicorns, soonicorns, industry experts and founders talking about the investment landscape, the challenges and opportunities in the current economic climate and the future of angel investment.
Meet senior General and Limited Partners at exclusive networking events during and after show hours who can shed light on the state of investments, global tech investment trends and top tips from starting to extending your portfolio.
The Expand North Star investor programme is the first and only matchmaking programme at any startup event that is run by humans – ensuring that the businesses you meet matter to you and suit your interests and investment plans.
Quick Facts from 2023 Programme:
Venture builders will gather to tackle the new models of building innovative companies and
backing them to result in amazing success stories.
Accelerator managers gather to clear the fog surrounding topics on the growing importance of
accelerators in the startup community and backing early stage founders in the current
Do you have the capital and expertise to back founders with the next big idea? Join the
Expand North Star Angel community whether you are just starting out in scouting ideas or an
active Angel investor, join the programme and networking opportunities and our special Angel
Exclusive, Invite-Only Investor Forum connecting international Senior GPs and LPs,
discussing how to navigate the funding ecosystem, financing, exit strategies, and the LP
Meet Your Personal Concierge Manager
Finalize Your Personal Itineraries
Expand North Star Week
Post-Event Touchbase with Investor Relations Team
Total Scheduled Meetings
Assets Under Management Represented
Investors (40% Uplift vs 2022)
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