Jusoor’s 3rd Entrepreneurship Competition - Winners Unveiled!

Nadine Kahaleh , Apr 14 2017

Jusoor concluded its Third Annual Entrepreneurship Competition, with three new startups on its winners’ list – they were rewarded for their innovative business ideas in the sectors of technology, education, and art.

About Jusoor’s Entrepreneurship Competition
Jusoor’s Entrepreneurship Competition is addressed to Syrian entrepreneurs who are interested in developing their ideas, and who are looking for accelerators and seed investors to help them move forward in their entrepreneurial journey.

The competition was open for applications until March 24 – 13 teams were shortlisted. Its program included a one-week Bootcamp in Beirut, and closed with an Entrepreneurship Gathering and Demo Day. Jusoor brought the whole program together with the support of Wamda, ArabNet, BDD, along with other industry partners – Techstars, Step Conference, and Techfugees.

Training Prior to Pitching
Further to their arrival on the 3rd of April, the 13 teams received a one-week of intensive training and interactive sessions -- conducted by Syrian and Lebanese professionals and entrepreneurs at BDD. The sessions covered topics related to market fit and growth; mastering a pitch; setting up a marketing, operations, and legal plan.

Pitching to the Judges
On the Entrepreneurship Gathering and Demo Day, the contestants pitched their business idea to a panel of judges – Maya Rahal, the Editor in Chief at Wamda; Ashaman Zein, the General Manager of InfoFort Lebanon; Karim Samakie, the Head of Business Development at Sajilni; Abdelsalam Haykal, CEO of Haykal Media; Adnan Tarabishy, Managing Director Y2Ad/Impact BBDO; Dania Ismail, Director of Jusoor’s Entrepreneurship Program and Co-Founder of Jusoor.

Declaring the Winners
Out of the 13 teams, three startups were declared winners. Find them below:

Mujeeb came in first place – a chatbot for customer support that utilizes machine learning technology to process and answer inquiries in Arabic. The startup was awarded $10K.  

Artilla came in second place – an entertainment and educational platform that teaches the fundamentals of drawing and visual arts. The startup was awarded $7K.

LieBeiroot came in third place – an application that allows travelers to customize trip requests and matches them to drivers and trips between different cities in Syria and Lebanon. The startup was awarded $5K.

 

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