ArabNet Riyadh Startup Battle and Ideathon Finalists Announced
We are proud to announce the 10 ArabNet Riyadh Startup Battle Finalists as well as the 10 ArabNet Ideathon Finalists, a group of diverse and talented entrepreneurs. We received over 100 applications from entrepreneurs and startups in their early growth stages, and our judges had the difficult task of choosing only 10 finalists for each competition (as well as 5 runner-ups).
The finalists will join us at ArabNet Riyadh and pitch on stage to a panel of high caliber judges in front of an audience of investors, media, and entrepreneurs. Register to attend ArabNet Riyadh to watch the finalists present and hear about their innovations first hand at their booth in the TechFair.
Startup Battle Finalists
The 10 finalists (and 5 runners-up) were selected by a judging panel based on the following criteria: value proposition, target market, competitive advantage, business model, innovation, team qualifications, and market/sales strategy.
The 3 Riyadh Startup Battle Winners will be flown to Dubai for ArabNet Digital Summit 2017, where they will get to compete for the Startup Championship title and assert their startups among the best in the region. The Startup Championship winner will receive $20,000, along with an acceleration scholarship in Silicon Valley and in-kind prizes from partners, and more.
- Zaina Al Bader from Bookr (Kuwait), a marketplace for users to discover salons, enabling instant booking and gamified with points.
- Fawaz Al-Fraijifrom B-Hive (UAE), the first free social ecommerce network for micro & small business owners to buy, sell, advertise, network, and manage their business online from anywhere and on any smart device.
- Wael A. Kabli from Cura (KSA), an app in the Middle East that enables you to get medical consultations easily from your smart phone by communicating with the best known doctors in all specialties.
- Marwah Nadreen from Gorfah (KSA), an online platform which helps you get the interior design of your dreams within your budget.
- Nadeem Bakhsh from HalaYalla (KSA), is a platform for New Sports and Entertainment Activities handmade for Saudi Arabia.
- Mohamed Shawky from Kanary Gifts (UAE), an eCommerce company that is selling luxury & branded products to the UAE, Gulf, and International markets and is built to be the ultimate eCommerce destination for the top niche online shoppers.
- Ahmed Al Bader from Sihatech (KSA), a provider of technology solutions to the healthcare space to improve the access, accountability and quality in healthcare.
- Abdullah Alghadouni from Spoilee (KSA), a beauty services marketplace that links women with beauty service providers.
- Giacomo Ziani from Serviis (KSA), a platform that makes you realize all the project of your life with the tap of a finger.
- Mahmoud Boksmati from The Influencer (Lebanon), a SAAS platform that automates the Influencer Marketing process in all its aspects.
And the runner-ups are:
- Mohamed Ahmed Abu Baker Al Sibai from Dhad Spell Checker (Jordan), a platform which creates an integrated environment for comprehensive automated Arabic language accuracy for single words and sentences.
- Mohamad Abdeltawab from 3Bont (Egypt), a single tailored football platform targeting more than 45 million fans in the MENA region, built to collect and unite news & social media content, videos, highlights and live scores.
- Hakim Amir from Goo&Back (KSA), a platform that offers comfortable, modern, clean popup mass transit services to urban to make it easier to move around the city.
- Ahmed Hadhri from YallaRead (Tunisia), a book sharing online platform that allows its users to find the books they are looking for either by exchanging their hard copy books with other users' ones for a limited period of time or just by borrowing others from their friends and neighbors.
Judges selected the 10 finalists of the Ideathon competition (and 4 runners-up) based on the following criteria: value proposition, target market, competitive advantage, business model, and innovation.
All finalists will get the chance to pitch in front of investors at ArabNet Riyadh 2016, and the winner will earn a cash prize of $5,000 to help convert her/his idea into an up-and-coming startup:
- Asmaa Salem from Emergency Response App (KSA), an app for calling emergency authorities with a single step.
- Diala Abi Haidar from Database Service App (KSA), a mobile application that will constitute of a single repository for all type of services a customer needs.
- Abdulmajeed Alsaikhan from Hebli (KSA), a marketplace/logistics platform tailored to serve everyone that lives or work in the neighborhood where Hebli is operating.
- Ghada Abbes from Life Guardian (Tunisia), a health self montoring system put artificial intelligence to use in medicine use to identify heart disease and other health disoders, using wearable devices.
- Maha El Abed from Medical Wrist band (KSA), a medical wrist band equipped with an embedded sensor and smart chip connected to a mobile application which continuously monitors and tracks any alarming health signs of patients.
- Baraa Koshak from Ranam (KSA), an interactive app that offers an exciting gamified experience of different colors of music, where users can express themselves and experience what we call beauty.
- Mamdouh Mansour from Noqtah Payments (KSA), provides your POS in your phone.
- Fahd Al Rifai from Dafoor Platform (KSA), a platform that works on coordination between overachieving students in certain activities and underachieving students in the same activities.
- Ismael Omar from Warsha.com (KSA), an electronic platform for car maintenance workshops that helps you choose the right workshop.
- Ibrahim Imam from RoboSolid, an online platform that enable engineers to be professional users of Solidworks.
And the runner-ups are:
- Hisham Hamdi Muhammad from Hatly (Egypt), a mobile application with secured payment methods.
- Nada Al Harbi from Health (KSA), a mobile app that doubles as a platform by connecting patients with hospitals or medical centers.
- Nisreen Al Anzi from Noorseen (KSA), an electronic app is a platform that connects beauty specialists with customers delivering home services with the best possible quality and features.
- Mohamad Omar Abdallah Doghamin from Join In (Palestine), a platform where you can join in, make money, and socialize.
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