Meet the Startup Demo and Ideathon Finalists! ArabNet Kuwait 2016

ArabNet Team, Sep 25 2016

We are thrilled to announce the finalists of the ArabNet Kuwait 2016 Startup Demo and Ideathon competitions!

We received over 100 applications from entrepreneurs and startups in their early growth stages, and while we would have loved to showcase them all, we had the difficult task of choosing only 5 finalists for each competition (as well as 2 runners-up).

But enough talking, meet the finalists:

Startup Demo Finalists
The 5 finalists (and 2 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.

These promising startups will get the chance to pitch in front of investors at ArabNet Kuwait 2016, and the  winner will receive a free booth at the Digital Showcase during next year’s ArabNet Digital Summit in Dubai (May 2017):

  • Ahmad Al-Benali from Pricinity (Kuwait), a search engine for products, prices and stores throughout Kuwait and the region.
  • Haris Aghadi from Meddy (Qatar), which helps people find best doctors based on patient reviews and credentials.
  • Bahaa Abdel Latif from iOmra (Egypt), which enables people to delegate others to do Omras for them without the need to go to Mecca in person to do the pilgrimage.
  • Kamel Kabbani from SoukDesigner (Lebanon), an online platform that enables people to sell products in their personalised online store easily and economically.
  • Athbi Al-Enezi from Masbagti (Kuwait), Kuwait's first laundry market place available on your phone.

And the runner-ups are: 

  • Mohamed Shawky from KanaryGifts (UAE), the first luxury Islamic fashion and accessories marketplace in MENA.
  • Noor Al Sulaiti from Snaapy (Kuwait), a market place for services focused on providing small businesses with growth tools.

Ideathon Finalists
Judges selected the 5 finalists of the Ideathon competition (and 2 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 Kuwait 2016, and the winner will earn a cash prize of $5,000 to help translate her/his idea into an up-and-coming startup:

  • Mohamed Ahmed Elkateb from FelSekka (Egypt), a crowd-sourced delivery system that aims to provide on demand delivery service for goods and packages from SMEs.
  • Jaffer Mohamad Mahdi from My Spot (Kuwait), is a platform to connect people who need parking spaces to people who are willing to rent some out.
  • Khaled Noaaman from Petsbook App (Egypt), which collects all useful information about pets that are shared within the app.
  • Ryan Abdullah from Share Life (Kuwait), which provides a personalized solution for refugee education, socialization and employment.
  • Oday Samad from Speetrol (Kuwait), which is a safety app.

And the runner-ups are: 

  • Mohammad Innes Shaheen from Temps-on (Egypt), the quick and effective way to find temporary qualified staff urgently for your service in the health and educational sector using a safe and transparent platform.
  • Noha Ahmed Bassiouny from MobiBills (Egypt), the first global network of restaurants and cafés, providing users discounted prices from favorite places while providing merchants the most efficient CRM and Marketing tool.

Stay tuned to find out who the winners will be next week here.

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