• Arab Startup Competition

Registration and Startups Exhibition

2.00 - 3.00 pm


3:00 - 6:00 pm

Welcome Remarks

3:00 - 3:30 pm

Panel Discussion | Role of Governments in Fostering Growth of Digital Economies

Moderator: Amira Mourad

Panelists: Nashwa Hussein Aly, Dr. Simon Galpin, Ferid Belhaj

3:30 - 4:15 pm

Keynote Address | How Deep Learning is Shifting Digital Economies

Huma Abidi

4:15 - 4:45 pm

Coffee Break

4:45 - 5:00 pm

Panel Discussion | Building on AI in Education to Prepare Tomorrow’s Workforce

Moderator: Prof. Bernard Ghanem

Panelists: Hanan Salam, Dr. Sana Farid, Rob McCargow, Dr. Teresa Escrig

5:00 - 5:40 pm

Panel Discussion | The Role of Fintech in Advancing Digital Economies

Moderator: Anthony Hobeika

Panelists: Rami El-Dokany, Mirna Sleiman

5:40 - 6:00 pm


6:00 - 6:30 pm

Award Ceremony

6:30 - 8:30 pm

Keynote Speech By Naguib Sawiris

6:30 - 6:45 pm

Keynote Fireside Chat

Panelists: Charbel Farhat, Hala Fadel

6:45 - 7:00 pm

Fireside | Battling Global Competition and Prospects for Growth

Moderator: Philip Bahoshy

Panelists: Elie Habib, Ibrahim Manna

7:00 - 7:45 pm

Announcement of Winners

7:45 - 8:30 pm

Networking Reception

Starting 8:30


About The Competition

MIT Enterprise Forum Arab Startup Competition (ASC) is a yearly competition initiated by the MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab since 2006. This annual competition is designed to empower entrepreneurs and foster an eco-system of innovation and entrepreneurship in the Arab Region. ASC pits entrepreneurs in three different tracks: Ideas, Startups and Social Entrepreneurship Track. The winning teams are awarded 160K USD in equity free fund and benefit from a range of other activities including top tier trainings, mentorship, coaching, media exposure and great networking opportunities.


Why Apply

  • Top Tier Trainings
    Top Tier Trainings
  • Mentorship
  • Media Exposure
    Media Exposure
  • Networking Opportunities
    Networking Opportunities
  • Equity Free Prize Money
    Equity Free Prize Money
Entrepreneurs Received Top Tier Trainings
Startups Established
Jobs Created By The Competition's Alumni
Equity-free funding

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