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LIVE From #ATMDubai 2022 - Day 2 has been all about inspiration!

The ATM Draper-Aladdin Start-up Competition, is an exciting, new forum designed to showcase the very latest technology innovations from some of the brightest minds in the travel and hospitality industry.
Pitch against your peers, network with investors and present your business to a global audience at the leading B2B travel & hospitality exhibition in the Middle East.

Up to 15 top start-ups will be selected by a prestigious panel of judges to present their pitch on the ATM Travel Tech stage to an audience of investors and judges. 

The winner will receive a minimum of $30,000 up to a maximum of $500,000 investment along with the chance to appear on Tim Draper’s TV show, Meet the Drapers, where they compete for another $500,000 while gaining access to a crowdfunding network of 12 million viewers.

The ATM Draper-Aladdin Start-up Competition is a joint project run by ATM in partnership with AladdinB2B
and Draper Associates. Aladdin B2B is the matchmaking and meetings technology of choice for most of the local and international exhibitions organizers where the Aladdin app users can access to a bespoke meetings booking platform. For ATM show Aladdin is the technology of choice for Investors and startups matchmaking and meetings platform.

Up to just 15 shortlisted ATM Draper-Aladdin Start-up Competition finalists will then take part in Arabian Travel Market 2022, which will include:

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Alaa Ismail

Alaa Ismail

A serial entrepreneur, strategist, startup mentor, pitch competition judge and advisor with more than 16 years of experience in the trade and exhibition industry. The crux of his entrepreneurial career has been in the trade industry, most notably, founding and running AladdinB2B, an online platform that is transforming the trade show industry with online, hybrid, and in-person solutions.

Alaa founded his first company SalesMENA, at the age of 26, which today is the #1 B2B outsource sales solution in the MENA region. SalesMENA has played a key role in the success of international companies in the region for 10 years. Recently, Alaa partnered with Tim Draper to establish Draper-Aladdin Startup Competition, which aims to fund the winning startup with up to 500k USD.


Hadi Saeed AlShakhori

A Business Incubation Manager at Wa’ed, the Saudi Aramco Entrepreneurship Centre, where he brings his passion for technology and entrepreneurship to support Saudi founders through their growth journey. An Innovation Advocate and technology consultant, Hadi took part in a number of leading startup events in the region, including being a judge in the Evaluation Committee at the Expo2020 in Dubai, a judge at the Tech Champions Accelerator (2nd edition, 2021), and a speaker at both Gitex (Dubai, 2019) and the Entrepreneurship World Cup.

Walid Tarabih

A former Digital Transformation Advisor at the UAE's Prime Minister's Office. A Technology and Digital Transformation Expert with hands-on experience in Public and Private sectors, with federal employment background and extensive expertise in Digital Transformation, Blockchain, A.I and Data Science. Digital transformation is no longer a buzzword but a necessity. And this is where Walid and the team can make a big difference when dealing with governments and organizations. His main focus as an Entrepreneur is to bridge the gap between the physical and digital worlds by using technology to increase human’s ability rather than limiting it.

Matthew Gardiner

Matthew is focused on developing a sustainable and inclusive future driven by digital finance.

He sits on several advisory boards and has invested in and advised FTSE 100 companies, financial institutions AI, crypto, Web3 & DeFi platforms & exchanges, VCs, CVs and institutional investors on scaling with token presales, ICOs, & Tradfi instruments in excess of $2bn.

Matthew has a deep network of established and emerging leaders. In ESG, AI, Web3, NFTs, DeFi, , financial institutions and their regulators in N America, Europe, APAC & GCC.

He has given keynote speeches on and moderated panels with senior industry figures at central banks, financial institutions and international conferences including Money2020, Institutional Investor, AIM Summit and The Global Leaders Forum.

Bashar El-Khasawneh

Bashar El-Khasawneh

Dr. Bashar El-Khasawneh is the Founder and Chair of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Professional UAE Section. A founder of the Dexter Robotics startup company. He is currently an associate professor of mechanical engineering at Khalifa University. He served as the chair of the graduate program at the Mechanical Engineering Department from 2016-2019. He served as the Associate Chair for the department from 2013-2016. Before that he acted as an academic advisor for the British University in Dubai to develop an accredited industrial engineering program.

His current research is focused on developing new concepts of advanced machining centers based on parallel kinematics mechanism and machining in harsh environments by adapting to the environment/geometry and be able to perform machining/welding tasks and developing robotic platforms for 3D printing of structures.

Our 15 Shortlisted Startups to go on stage


Lee S. Clark

works with online, news media, creative and publishing organizations to maximize the impact of their visual content. He brings his perspective on imagery to the team. Experienced in working with art directors, creatives and writers to produce their vision and to use images to enhance their message. With over ten years editing experience at the New York Daily News in the fast-paced world of New York City photojournalism, as well as monthly magazine production, book editing and online photo sales, he can work with your designers and writers to find the perfect image to meet their creative or editorial needs.


Calling all great startups, if you’re looking to expand your company with the support of the right investors, we’d like to hear from you.

Investors and Judges

If you are an investor or a judge looking to network with other investors and get involved in leading startup events, we’d love to invite you!

Network, learn, do business!

Are you ready to start meeting? Startups and investors can browse the guest list to find contacts they are interested in meeting at the event.
AladdinB2B app allows users to request and accept meetings, preparing a personalized meetings agenda for each participant.
Schedule your meetings and be ready for the show by downloading the Aladdin app here:
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Calling all great startups, if you’re looking to expand your company with the support of the right investors, we’d like to hear from you.

Investors and Judges

If you are an investor or a judge looking to network with other investors and get involved in leading startup events, we’d love to invite you!