• Arab Startup Competition

About Arab Startup Competition

The Arab Startup Competition is a yearly competition run by the MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab that pits entrepreneurs in 3 different tracks: Ideas Track, Startups Track and Social Entrepreneurship Track. The winning entrepreneurs are awarded prizes worth more than USD 160K and benefit from a range of other activities, including top tier training, mentorship, coaching, media exposure, and great networking opportunities.

Startups Track

Caters to legally registered companies. Applicants should have a working prototype and ideally some user traction and some sales.

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Ideas Track

Caters to entrepreneurs with innovative ideas. Applicants are not required to have a prototype, sales or have their service registered as a company.

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Social Entrepreneurship Track

Caters to companies whose core product or service addresses a social problem.

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Why Apply

  • Top tier trainings
  • Mentorship
  • Media exposure
  • Networking opportunities
  • Equity free prize money
Entrepreneurs received top tier trainings
Startups established
Jobs created by the competition's alumni
Applicants since 2006
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Timeline

27 November 2017

Application submission deadline

12 January 2018

Announcement of semifinalists

To be determined

Final event

Last Year's Winners

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Technology Partners

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