Lebanese startup Myki chosen to participate in Disrupt SF 2016 Startup Battlefield

Lynn Bizri, Sep 13 2016

This year, TechCrunch have selected 23 startups to participate in the Disrupt SF 2016Startup Battlefield, including Lebanon-based Myki, the only startup from the MENA region.

The TechCrunch Disrupt conference is hosted annually by TechCrunch, an online publisher of technology industry news, in San Francisco, New York City, London and Beijing and attracts thousands of attendees. The Startup Battlefield competition takes place at every conference and selection is highly competitive, with the acceptance rate ranging from 3 to 6% per event. Selected startups pitch to top judges in front of a live audience and compete for the coveted Disrupt Cup, a $50,000 prize and the attention of media and investors.

Myki is a Beirut-based cyber-security startup that has developed the first advanced password and online identity manager in the region providing smartphone users with secured access to online services without the need to manually type in their credentials every time they long into a different account online. Myki also gives team administrators full visibility on when and where team members access their online accounts and allows them to set custom location, time and IP-based rules.

Earlier this year, the startup received a seed investment from BECO Capital, which Antoine Jebara, co-founder of Myki, said they will use to accelerate product development and go-to-market time. Unlike other cyber-security apps, Myki requires no integration and does not store sensitive information in the cloud.

During the preliminary round of Startup Battlefield, Myki will be given six minutes to pitch to top investors, entrepreneurs, technologists, prominent Silicon Valley figures among many others. The judges will then have six minutes to ask questions. When not on stage, Myki will be showcasing in the Startup Alley exhibition space all three days of the conference. At the end of the preliminary rounds, TechCrunch will announce 4-6 finalist companies who will pitch to a fresh group of finalist judges on the final day of the show. Following the last pitch, the judges will go off stage to decide the winner.

You can watch Myki pitching live tomorrow at 2:00 am (4:30 pm PTD). 

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