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AMCC 2016


Faith, Values, & Innovation

October 1st, 2016 from
10am – 5:30pm in Elizabeth, NJ

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We love entrepreneurs, and we love great companies. Join us this year at our conference as we explore the role entrepreneurs are playing to develop the American Muslim market, the global influence of the millennial Muslim consumer, and the trends of innovation at the intersections of this market. Explore the future with us at AMCC 2016.

Highlights from our 2014 conference

See what went on at our 2014 conference. You'll see testimonials, highlights of our conference, and other cool things. We're excited for you to come see what we have in store for 2016.

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AMCC helped me not only as a marketer, but personally, very gratifying to see so many brands, entrepreneurs, agencies, and company’s realizing that the Muslim consumer is part of the US economy and one that yields power and great opportunity.

Nausheena Hussain, Multicultural Marketing at Best Buy

The conference was a huge success, a kind of coming-of-age for the Muslim Community here as an economic force.

Miles Young, CEO at Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide

I have not attended a more impressive event, with a more enthusiastic, attentive audience than AMCC 2014. The program, the audience, and the speakers — from the opening remarks through to the last keynote address — were all outstanding.

Larry Richards, Ontario Ministry of Economic Development


The conference will happen on October 1st, 2016 from 10am - 5:30pm in Elizabeth, New Jersey.

It'll take place at the Renaissance Marriott Hotel at Newark Airport. You can book a room at the hotel for a discounted rate at the link below.

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These are the incredible indviduals that'll be speaking at the conference. We're honored they're coming.

Dalia Mogahed
Dalia Mogahed

Director of Research at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU)

Chris Blauvelt
Chris Abdur-Rahman Blauvelt

Founder & CEO, LaunchGood

Khaled Hussein
Khaled Hussein

Founder & CTO,

Hina Chaudhry
Hina Chaudhry

Founder & Chief Scientific Officer, VentriNova

Khaled Elsayed
Khaled Elsayed

President & CEO, Guidance Financial Group

Ahmad Ashkar
Ahmad Ashkar

Founder & CEO, Hult Prize

Samina Akram
Samina Akram

Managing Director, Samak Ethical Finance

Michael Strong
Michael Strong

Co-Founder, Conscious Capitalism

Larry Richards
Larry Richards

Founder, BEX Global

Maryam Eskandari
Maryam Eskandari

Founder, MIIM Designs

Arun Saraswat
Arun Saraswat

CEO, MindPropel;
Former VP, Bayyinah

Bilal Khan
Bilal Khan

Managing Director, OneEleven

Naushad Virji
Naushad Virji

CEO, ShariaPortfolio

Karen Hunt Ahmed
Karen Hunt Ahmed

Director of Institutional Advancement at East West University, Chicago

Aamir A. Rehman
Aamir A. Rehman

Managing Director, Fajr Capital

Sabiha Ansari
Sabiha Ansari

Co-Founder & Vice President, AMCC

Dustin Craun
Dustin Craun

Founder & CEO, Ummah Wide

Reem El Shafaki
Reem El Shafaki

Senior Associate, DinarStandard

Faisal Masood
Faisal Masood

Founder & President, AMCC

Dr. Mohamed Issa
Dr. Mohamed Issa

Founder & CEO, Noor Pharmaceuticals

Sadiq Shariff
Sadiq Shariff

Co-Founder & Director of Entrepreneurial Development, AMCC

Saad Malik
Saad Malik

Co-Founder & Board Chairman, AMCC

Faraz Khan
Faraz Khan

Founder, Faraz Khan Art Studio


  • Registration and Networking

    10:00 AM – 10:30 AM

  • Opening

    Faraz Khan, Founder, Faraz Khan Art Studio
    [MC] Reem El-Shafaki, Senior Associate, DinarStandard

    10:30 AM – 10:40 AM

  • AMCC Welcome

    Saad Malik, Co-Founder & Board Chairman, AMCC

    10:40 AM – 10:50 AM

  • Session I // The Emerging Paradigm: Faith, Values & Innovation

    Equitable and healthy business practices serve as a central theme of values driven economic principles. This session will focus on the emerging paradigm of how faith and values are changing the economic narrative. An interactive discussion will explore current market trends, the global influence of the millennial Muslim consumer, and the trends of innovation at the intersections of this market.

    •[Moderator] Dustin Craun, Founder & CEO, Ummah Wide
    •Dalia Mogahed, Director of Research, Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU)
    •Ahmad Ashkar, Founder & CEO, Hult Prize Foundation
    •Maryam Eskandari, Founder, MIIM Designs
    •Michael Strong, Co-Founder, Conscious Capitalism

    10:50 AM – 11:50 AM

  • AMCC Updates

    Faisal Masood, Founder & President, AMCC

    Presentation of the 2016 Multicultural Award

    Sabiha Ansari, Co-Founder & Vice President, AMCC
    Honoree: Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics

    11:50 AM – 12:00 PM

  • Lunch

    (Dhuhr Prayer @ 1:00 PM)

    12:00 PM – 1:15 PM

  • Lunch

    Dhuhr Prayer at 12:30 PM

    12:10 PM – 1:10 PM

  • Session II // Growth Hacking: Scaling to 8-Figures in 24 Months [Workshop]

    Arun Saraswat, CEO, MindPropel (Formerly: VP, Bayyinah)

    Growth hacking is disrupting marketing as we know it. In this workshop, we'll look at a variety of different growth hacks that utilize data, technology, social media and authority to find scalable and repeatable ways to gain customers. We’ll walkthrough a case study of how these “hacks” were used to scale a 6-figure business to 8-figures in just 24 months. This workshop will also teach you how to create a structured framework to find new opportunities and focus these techniques on the areas that will make the biggest difference to your business.

    1:15 PM – 2:00 PM

  • Session III // Responsible Finance and Ethical Investing: Buzzwords or the New Paradigm?

    This session will focus on how to amplify the voices of socially conscious consumers demanding products and services which are driven by social responsibility and ethical values. There is a universal demand for a fair and equitable financial ecosystem. Mainstream finance is also gradually incorporating responsible principles and governance into decision-making. An interactive discussion will focus on current market trends, innovative frameworks, and investing in ethical asset instruments.

    •[Moderator] Naushad Virji, CEO, ShariaPortfolio
    •Samina Akram, Managing Director, Samak Ethical Finance
    •Khaled Elsayed, President & CEO, Guidance Financial Group
    •Karen Hunt-Ahmed, Director of Institutional Advancement at East West University
    •Aamir Rehman, Managing Director, Fajr Capital

    2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

  • Networking & Coffee Break

    3:00 PM – 3:30 PM

  • Session IV // Entrepreneur Showcase Competition

    Five startups compete in a Shark Tank-style event for a chance to win $10,000. Since the launch of the Entrepreneur Showcase in 2010, AMCC has received applications from more than 200 startups of which 20 companies were selected to present their business model to a panel of entrepreneurs and investors in the most prestigious and popular segment of the day. The Showcase has gone on to be the model for the Innovation 4 Impact global entrepreneur competition as part of the Global Islamic Economy Summit in Dubai.

    Companies selected to present: Sprinjene, Navinata Health, Purify Your Gaze, Muzmatch, Divine Connect

    •[Moderator] Hoda Al-Beltagy, Co-Director of Entrepreneur Showcase, AMCC
    •Larry Richards, Founder, BEX Global
    •Dr. Hina Chaudhry, Founder & Chief Scientific Officer, VentriNova
    •Bilal Khan, Managing Director, OneEleven
    •Khaled Hussein, Founder & CTO,
    •Dr. Mohamed Issa, Founder & CEO, Noor Pharmaceuticals

    3:30 PM – 4:45 PM

  • Session V // The Crowdfunding Launch Formula [Workshop]

    Chris Blauvelt, Founder & CEO,

    Crowdfunding is a popular buzzword and while most people today know some aspect of it, few truly understand it. In this workshop, LaunchGood Founder & CEO Chris Blauvelt will teach you how to bring your idea, project or product to life by harnessing the power of crowdfunding. This workshop is designed for both entrepreneurs who want to raise money to fund their ideas as well as non-profit organizations who've realize the old way of doing things isn't working anymore. After winning the AMCC 2014 Entrepreneur Showcase competition, LaunchGood has grown to nearly 60,000 users across 65 countries and raised over $12 million through their platform.

    4:45 PM – 5:30 PM

  • Entrepreneur Showcase Winner Announcement

    Award presented by AMCC and Salaam Insurance, Co-Sponsors of $10,000 Prize

    Hoda Al-Beltagy & Sadiq Shariff, Co-Director of Entrepreneur Showcase, AMCC

    5:30 PM – 5:40 PM

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Our sponsors help us cater to changing consumer behaviors which are driven by their faith and values. We'd like to thank them for their support. 

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The Muslim Green: American Muslim Market Study

A new study launched by AMCC in partnership with DinarStandard providing fact-based insights and actionable strategies to equip businesses to address American Muslim consumers and present global Islamic market opportunity for American businesses. Download the free executive summary.

AMCC 2016 attendees can purchase The Muslim Green: American Muslim Market Study 2014-15 study for $100 at the conference. (Regular price is $1495)

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