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To be eligible to apply to the competition, your idea/startup should consist of at least 2 team members, knowing that team member profiles are crucial criteria in evaluating an application.

Entrepreneurs from all ages may apply.

No, each team/entrepreneur is only allowed one entry.

No, you may only apply to the track that is most relevant to you. The MITEF Pan Arab & Saudi Arabia teams reserve the right to place you in a different track than what you have selected if deemed more suitable.

To be eligible to apply to the Startups Track, the startup has to have sales and a database of user traction.

If your startup is not registered in an Arab country but operates in one, then you can still apply.

Our judges are requested to sign a confidentiality clause before reviewing the applications.
Any information provided by the teams will not be shared with any third party without the consent and approval of the concerned team.

MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab & Saudi Arabia do not claim any proprietary rights over the initiatives, technologies, or ideas that are submitted to the competition. All ideas and technologies are the sole property of the submitters.

The winners of the competition are granted an equity-free prize money, hence the MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab & Saudi Arabia do not have any ownership entitlements to the startup.

You must apply through our website https://www.mitarabcompetition.com/

  1. Create an account or log in if you already have one
  2. Select the language in which you wish to apply with
  3. Select the track
  4. Fill out the application form
  5. Submit the application before the deadline

Note that you may save your application answers at any time and submit it once finalized.

A total of around 60 teams get selected from the 3 tracks - Startups, Ideas and Social Enterprises.

MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab & Saudi Arabia announce the names of the selected semifinalists on the competition’s websites and social media channels.
On the day of the announcement, all teams (selected and non selected) will be notified by email about the result.

Selected semifinalist teams will participate in a total of 6-days event in Medinah, Saudi Arabia. Starting with a 3-days bootcamp designed by MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab & Saudi Arabia. All semifinalist teams will take part in the “Startup Investment Forum” (SIF) and compete during the final event where they will pitch to judges from different professional backgrounds.
Teams will also be provided with mentorship activities where they get the chance to network with professionals and investors.

The bootcamp is an intensive 3-day training program designed to bootstrap teams for the final judging rounds. Participation is mandatory for at least 1 member from the founding (or management) team of the startup.

MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab & Saudi Arabia will cover the travel expenses for up to 2 members per semi finalist team. The travel expenses covered include flight tickets, accommodation, and transportation from/to the bootcamp venue (if needed).
MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab & Saudi Arabia do not guarantee to help with the Visas.

During the final event, all semi finalists will pitch to the Round 2 judges. Each Track has a different panel of judges. The judges will then select 30 finalists.
The 30 finalist teams will pitch to the Round 3 judges, who will then choose 9 winners: 3 from each track.
Participation is mandatory for at least 1 member from the founding team of the startup who attends the bootcamp.

Yes, they can. However, MITEF Pan Arab & Saudi Arabia only cover expenses for up to 2 members per team.
The bootcamp training, SIF, and Final event and awards ceremony are mandatory: at least one team member from the founding team must attend.

If your team has qualified for the semifinals in the last competition’s edition, the team will have to wait for another 2 editions before applying again.

If a participating team does not respect the rules of the competition, and is not being responsive with the MITEF Pan Arab & Saudi Arabia teams over a period of time, or if a team member is behaving in an unprofessional and disturbing manner, MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab & Saudi Arabia reserve the right to disqualify the team from the competition without prior notice.

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