Startup Q8 Event

The main reason for me to start this blog is to help in creating a startup community here in Kuwait. My first move was to start this blog, the second was starting an a monthly event called Sartup Q8 (Q8 is a short cut for Kuwait, it’s a phrase first created by Kuwait Petroleum Co.) . The objective of this event is for us to learn from each other experiences and to get to know each other to create a startup community.

I’m thinking that each event should be divided into two parts:
1- Two talks, 20 min each: Get two entrepreneurs to share with us their experiences or by doing a dialogue with them (Q&A). Each talk should not last more than 20 min. The concept will be very similar to a meetup event called Startup Grind (photo below)

2- After the 2 talks we will have a networking event to get to know each other. This networking even will probably help attendances to find their future partner, designer, programmer or even investor. (Note: I hate formal networking events that happens after a conference or a formal talk. We will try to make this networking event less formal and more fun)

The event will be open to everyone, but I believe that founders of current or future online  startups will benefit the most. Moreover, I’d like to reconfirm that the event is not restricted to Kuwaitis, its for all nationalities and for anyone that happens to be in kuwait. Thus, most parts of the event will be held in English. We are also focusing to attract designers, programmers and investors to attend the event.

The event will most likely be held during the last week of Sep and hosted in a coffee shop in Kuwait City. If you are excited and willing to attend the event, please show your support by leaving a comment. We also need some help organizing the event, if you are interested to help, please contact us at (we will give you a free t-shirt as . I’ll post some more details about the event later, please follow this blog either by subscribing to the email list (click on Follow via email in the right bar) or by following me in twitter @a_alshalabi.

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  1. Chris Barkley

     /  August 28, 2012

    I wish I was in Kuwait to attend these StartUp events. This is a really great initiative.

    • Hey mate, yeah I wish you were here. BTW are you still in South Africa? I kind of need your help with something. Super happy to know that you’re following the blog 🙂

  2. I will be very interested in attending these events, good luck

    • Thanks 🙂

    • MyGreenSofa, why you didn’t attend our event last Wednesday?
      I realized that you are the only frequent contributor to StartupQ8 blog that didn’t attend!

      • MyGreenSofa

         /  October 9, 2012

        sorry for the late reply, I was out of the country at that time, but I will not miss your upcoming events for sure!

        Ive checked the coverage of the event in the some blogs, it was very successful, I really wanted to be part of that. keepup the good work

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