Startup Oman hosts founder and CEO of ArabNet, Omar Christidis

Muscat, Sultanate of Oman

Startup Oman, the sultanate’s only online platform created by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs and the designated chapter of Startup Grind in Oman, hosted Startup Grind on August 20.

Startup Grind was hosted by Innovation Factory as the event partner and Wadi Accelerator as the exclusive local sponsor.

Featured on Startup Grind’s stage was Omar Christidis, founder and CEO of ArabNet, the leading events and media company focused on the Arab web and mobile industry.

ArabNet organises the leading conferences for the digital sector in MENA including annual events in Beirut, Dubai and Riyadh. ArabNet also publishes news and analysis of the web and mobile industry on its online portal and print magazine, The ArabNet Quarterly.

Before founding ArabNet, Christidis worked in private wealth management at a family office in New York on a small team. Prior to that, he was a consultant at Booz & Co in the MENA, and worked on varied projects across industries, including energy, technology, media and the public sector.

Over 50 entrepreneurs, students and young professionals joined the event at Innovation Factory space in Knowledge Oasis.

Christidis said, “Measuring our impact is crucial to our operations. We’ve heard many stories of how Arabnet has affected people’s lives. For example, one of Careem’s co-founders met the other two co-founders at an ArabNet event. However, we also know that 40 per cent of companies have met investors, 60 per cent have met clients and 70 per cent have received significant media exposure through our conferences.”

He added, “The main challenge we are now faced with at the moment is addressing scale versus innovation. It’s important for us to be able to repeat processes to scale, however, at the same time remaining innovative enough to compete and provide value.

Startup Oman co-founder, Ali Daud, said, “We are thrilled to feature an experienced tech entrepreneur such as Christidis on the Startup Grind stage. With his experience in shaping the scene of the media and events industry, he had many insights to share on how to grow a successful e-commerce company in a niche market.”

Startup Oman is back with another edition of Startup Grind on September 24.

Startup Grind is a global entrepreneurial community made up of 400,000 entrepreneurs in 200 cities and 85 countries around the world. Founded by Derek Anderson in Silicon Valley, Startup Grind educates, inspires and connects entrepreneurs around the globe.

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