Expo 2020 and SME exit strategies to be focal points of next Startup Academy
By Shane McGinley / Arabian Business
Many people dream of being their own boss, but going out on your own and surviving as an entrepreneur requires a big commitment.
Irishman Trefor Murphy moved to Dubai in 2012 to lead the Middle East division of international recruitment firm Morgan McKinley. Four years later he decided to make the leap and put together a management buyout of his company’s regional business, rebranding it as Cooper Fitch and installing himself as sole founder and CEO.
Murphy will describe his journey from employee to entrepreneur during the latest Arabian Business Startup Academy, which will take place on March 27 at the Grosvenor House hotel.
Once entrepreneurs start down the road to being their own boss, one of the biggest decisions they will eventually have to make is determining when is the right time to step back from the company they have created and let external investors come in and run things. To sell or not to sell: the right time to exit your start-up will be the hot topic for our panel discussion at March’s academy.
The participants will include Mohammed Alsehli, a serial entrepreneur, innovation strategist and service management expert; Musfique Ahmed, the co-founder of online real estate crowdfunding platform Smart Crowd and Hosam Arab, the CEO of Namshi.com, who recently announced he was stepping down from the online retailer after it was bought out by Noon.com