Winning Entrepreneurs, Startups, and Creatives - ArabNet Beirut 2016

ArabNet , Mar 08 2016

ArabNet Beirut 2016 was the biggest edition of the event to date, with more startups, more entrepreneurs, more investors, more speakers, and more professional attendees than ever.

In addition to live streaming and on-site coverage of the event by the editorial team, we will continue to provide you with updates and insights from the conference’s panels and talks.

But for now, the question on everybody’s mind is: Who were the competition winners at ArabNet Beirut 2016?

The wait is over. If you didn’t have a chance to attend the conference and closing ceremony, you can now meet the winners:

Startup Demo Winners           

11 MENA startups competed in the Startup Demo competition sponsored by Touch. Both the judges and the people made their choice, and here are the winners:

1st Place: ChefXChange 

Developed by Karl Naim and Marc Washington (UAE), ChefXChange is an online marketplace that connects chefs to foodies looking for an exclusive culinary experience in the comfort of their home or desired venue.  

2nd Place: Sympaticus

Sympaticus is a psychotherapy and wellbeing platform for women in the MENA with emotional challenges. The platform was developed by Joe Zaarour, Ramzi Nohra, and Dr. Nicole Braun; it provides tools such as learning modules, coping techniques, and resilience building while connecting users seeking psychological advise with professional therapists and medical doctors.

3rd Place: ReAble

This app is the brain child of Emile Sawaya (Lebanon) and aims to facilitate day-to-day financial transactions and other work and time management processes for people with cognitive difficulties or physical disabilities, hence the name ReAble. 

People's Choice Award: Spoke

Developed by Ramzi Jamil (Lebanon), Spoke is a follow-based vocal social network that allows users to record and share 12 second voice notes.

Each of the winners earned a booth at the upcoming Digital Summit 2016 in Dubai. 

Ideathon Winners

The winners of the Ideathon competition, sponsored by Touch, could actually be the startups of tomorrow:

1st Place: MomAdvice

Momadvice is an online platform developed by Rita Deek (Lebanon) that provides mothers with an easy and secure method to connect and chat instantly with child psychologists and therapists to find solutions for the problems they are facing with their children.

2nd Place: Future Energy Management

This controller teaches users how to save money on their electricity bills by detecting excess energy consumption or waste at home or in the office. The solution is developed by Ian Hoffbeck (Lebanon).

3rd Place AND People’s Choice Award: BilArabiyah

Roa Younes set out to develop the first Arabic writing enhancement tool that corrects your contextual spelling and grammar mistakes, and teaches you about them so that you become a better writer. BilArabiyah aims to promote writing in Arabic by making it easier and clearer.

The 3 winners received cash prizes of $2,500, $1,500, and $1,000 respectively.

Creative Combat

TheCreative Combat competition targeted marketers and advisors in the media industries, whereby teams of 2-3 students or professionals had to come up with a digital marketing plan in just 10 days.

The winning team consisted of Sara Baba and Sharif Haddad (The Greens), who earned a $5,000 prize from Alfa.


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