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The SME Insights Forum: Nurturing Innovation
Digital Forum | Available On-Demand

Vijay Tirathrai
Techstars at Entrepreneur. Impact Investor. Mentor


Vijay is a seasoned CEO, a serial entrepreneur and an early stage technology investor.

Vijay is one of the pioneers in the development of the Middle East startup ecosystem. He launched several accelerator programs in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Riyadh; partnering with the likes of the Dubai Future Foundation, GINCO, Mubadala, RAED Ventures and the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology of KSA.

Prior to Techstars, he was the former Global CEO and Chairman of the Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO) based in Washington D.C.; where he led the growth of 20,000+ leading entrepreneurs represented in 165 cities worldwide

.As a seasoned CEO and a serial entrepreneur, he has 40 years of hands-on experience building and growing several companies, spread over 7 different industries; including Fashion Retail, Clothing Manufacturing, Hi-Tech Safety Helmets, Association Management, Events Production, Property Development and Venture Capital.

Vijay is a visionary community builder and a thought leader on the world stage. Over the past 25 years, he continues to serve Techstars, Entrepreneurs Organization and Young Presidents Organization; 3 of the world’s leading entrepreneurial network-based organizations as a leader in various leadership capacities. Vijay has served non-for-profit organizations around the world, Founding Advisor to Scholars of Finance (U.S.), Trustee at Richmond University (U.K.), the 16thCommonwealth Games organizing committee and Treasurer at the Retailers Association of Malaysia.

A global citizen and a father of two adult sons, he is now based in Dubai, having previously lived and worked in Abu Dhabi, Riyadh, Washington D.C, London, HongKong, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. Other than being an avid cyclist and an explorer of world heritage sites, he is passionate about connecting people through entrepreneurship across the world.

Agenda Sessions

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