March 20-24, 2019

Al-Bayan Bilingual School

Participants Ages 15-19


Startup With Purpose is excited to announce the addition of an inaugural program in Kuwait.  The program will officially begin on Wednesday March 20th, and end on Sunday March 24th.  The program is open to anyone who has finished his or her first year of high school, has not yet started college, and is eager to create value.  While there are business aspects to the program, we strongly encourage people from a variety of backgrounds, including: art and design, engineering, sales and marketing, and aspiring business leaders. Over the course of the program, participants will work in groups of 5 to identify a problem and to come up with an economically viable solution to that problem (build a business plan around that solution).  There are 2-3 hours of lectures each day and 5-7 hours of project work with teammates, so participants should come prepared to work on their ideas.

The program has been tailored specifically for Kuwait, with themes that are: the creation of value with limited resources and working with the numerous incentives Kuwait offers for young entrepreneurs.  These themes will be consistent throughout the program in guiding participants towards creating impactful and scalable products and services.

The program instructors are seasoned entrepreneurs, with lecturing experience at the University of California, Berkeley, Stanford University, and the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.  Assisting the instructors will be industrial experts from Kuwait, Oracle, Google, and other successful entrepreneurs and investors from around the world.  As space is limited, only 60 participants will be accepted into the program on a first come first serve basis.  We are looking for participants who are hungry to enhance the world, and we do not significantly weigh GPA in the registration process.


Steve Adelman


Steve Adelman is the founder and Managing Director of Nexus Partners, a Silicon Valley-based consultancy that works with clients on innovation, customer discovery, market entry, strategic partnerships, and revenue growth. He is an expert on Lean Startup and has been a mentor for Steve Blank’s Lean LaunchPad course at UC Berkeley and Stanford University, and has led Lean Startup sessions for Citrix’s Corporate Accelerator and the Wharton School of Business. Steve has worked with high technology and financial services companies and entrepreneurs for over twenty years.  Steve holds a BS in computer science from Columbia University and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.

Chris Burry


Chris Burry serves as the CEO of US Market Access Center. Previously, Mr. Burry served as a Founding Member of Avanade. Prior to Avanade, he served as a Senior Executive of Andersen Consulting and a Senior Technology Consultant of EDS. He served as a Columnist of Operating Systems and Infrastructure at ComputerWorld Magazine and an Adviser of Research Division at IDC (publisher of a number of technology magazines) on cloud computing and the future of technology. He served as a Regular Speaker of Industry Conferences at Microsoft and IDC. He serves as a Director of US Market Access Center. Mr. Burry holds a Degree in Political Science (with honors) from Swarthmore College.

Sara N AlAteeqi

Lead Mentor

Sara has 13 years of experience both as an entrepreneur and in Private Equity. She is passionate about Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship. She is an MBA holder from the University of Chicago Booth and has recently worked on a re-drafting a law affecting social security of entrepreneurs that passed in March 2019. She currently works at Kuwait Ventures. 









The Berkeley Method of Entrepreneurship (BMoE) is a holistic teaching and learning approach, primarily developed at the University of California, Berkeley, that enables participants from a variety of backgrounds to be more entrepreneurial. It encompasses three main elements: frameworksmindset, and networks.

In addition to the BMoE curricula, expert guest speakers from Kuwait, Silicon Valley, and around the world will bring their real-world experience to the program.  The program themes have also been tailored to suit the unique opportunities of doing business in the MENA region.

Tailored Themes

  • Transitioning to a Renewable Energy Economy

  • Harnessing Human Capital

Day 1: Introduction

Overview: Introduction, meeting others and focusing on idea generation and team formation.

  • Welcome, Introductions & Bootcamp Overview
  • Opportunity Recognition & Market Validation
  • Cultural Lessons Learned by a Silicon Valley Entrepreneur
  • Trust & Taking Risks
  • Getting to Entrepreneurship & Venture Fundamentals
  • Compelling Ideas for Products/Services
  • How To Captivate Any Audience
  • Selection of Project Ideas – students pitch ideas and choose teams to join
  • Team Building Exercise

Day 2: Team Building

Overview: Concepts about team, customer-focused product design, promoting your products/services, and innovation in developing business models. A networking session to mingle, followed by workshop with mentors.

  • Beyond Concepts, How To Execute
  • Building a Winning Team
  • Customer-Focused Product & Services: Giving the Customer What They Want
  • Review Team Exercise
  • Value Proposition: Innovation in Value Extraction
  • Selling Your Product or Service

Day 3: Business Design

Overview: Concepts of business design, getting to market, growing a global company, resources and funding. Practice pitching your venture.

  • Business Design & Models
  • Leadership & Intro to Marketing
  • Overcoming Failures to Success
  • Promoting Your Product
  • Elevator Pitch

Day 4: Presentations

Overview: Overcoming failure, practice presentations & round 1 of final presentations.

  • Getting a Start-up Off the Ground
  • Practice & Final Presentation Logistics
  • From Entrepreneur to Venture Capitalist

Day 5: Pitch Day

Overview: Final presentations, keynote speech, and networking.

  • Program Reflections
  • BMoE Mindset Concepts
  • Venture Presentations

Kuwait City

Program Location

Al-Bayan Bilingual School

Program Venue

Sheraton Four Points

Evening Mentoring Sessions



Participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from the program and to the evening mentoring sessions on a daily basis.


For information regarding program enrollment and fees, please contact Al-Bayan Bilingual School directly, or register here.