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Apply Now to ArabNet’s Startup Battle Competitions

ArabNet Team, Jun 06 2018

Want to turn your dream idea into a reality? Apply now to one of our upcoming Startup Battle competitions and gain exposure, networking opportunities, and the chance to take part in ArabNet’s Startup Championship at the Digital Summit next year.

The Startup Battle Competitions and Championship aim to support early stage startups from across the region and help them grow their businesses. Sihatech was crowned the winner of the first edition of the Startup Championship in 2017, and went on to close a Series A funding round of $1.3M earlier this year. Last month at the second edition of the Championship, Sadeed seized first place, and went home with $20K, a variety of in-kind prizes, as well as a fully paid trip to Silicon Valley to take part in a 3-week acceleration program by TVLP.

The first Startup Battle in Cycle 3 will take place in Kuwait on the 8th of October, and will be followed by Battles in the following 6 markets (in no particular order): Cairo, Muscat, Dubai, Beirut, Riyadh and Casablanca. The deadline to apply for Startup Battle Kuwait is the 4th of September.

What are the qualifications to apply?

To be eligble, you must have a digital startup that is less than 2 years old, is functional prior to the competition’s deadline, has no more than 30 employees, and has not secured $2M in investment.

What do I receive as a Startup Battle finalist?

After applying to a Startup Battle, 10 finalists will be chosen for a chance to locally pitch onstage to a panel of high caliber judges in front of an audience of investors, media, and entrepreneurs. The 10 finalists will receive a free booth at the local conference, 2 free event passes, pitch training, and ArabNet Alumni program membership.

What would I win?

The top 3 winners from each local batch will be flown to Dubai for the ArabNet Digital Summit 2019, where they will get to compete for the Startup Championship title and assert their startup as among the best in the region. The Startup Championship winner will receive $20K, along with an acceleration scholarship in Silicon Valley as well as in-kind prizes from partners, and more!

Where do I sign up?

Submitting your startup doesn’t take more than 20 minutes. Start your application here. 

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