The Ideathon competition aims to showcase the best of regional entrepreneurs with great ideas to an enthusiastic crowd of investors, incubators, media and digital professionals, and connect them with the latest developments in the digital world. Submit your idea to the Ideathon competition for a chance to pitch on stage at the ArabNet Beirut.

Eligibility Criteria
- The Idea has to be related to web and mobile
- The Idea should not be a functional startup

Submitting Your Brilliant Idea

Applications for Beirut are closed; Finalists will be announced on February 3rd


Antoine El Boustany
Investment Manager, SANED Equity Partners
​Elie Akhrass
​Programme Manager, UK Lebanon Tech Hub
​Fadi Bizri
Partner, B&Y Venture Partners
Fares Samara
Chief Technology Officer, Speed Lebanon

Fawzi Rahal
Managing Director, Flat6Labs Beirut
Hanadi Saad
Assistant General Manager, Creditbank
Mai Daher
Investment Director, Cedar Mundi Ventures
Nermine Chatila
​Investment Associate, WOMENA

Ramy Boujawdeh
Deputy General Manager, Berytech
Rita Kerbaj
Program Manager, Bootcamp

A panel of judges will review the submissions and shortlist the finalists for the competition. Judging will be based on the following criteria: value proposition, target market, competitive advantage, business model and innovation.
Based on the results, 10 finalists and 5 runners-up will be chosen.
Finalists will be announced on February 3rd

- Receive 1 free pass for the full event.
- Present their idea for 2 minutes at ArabNet Beirut. [Finalists will be given several rounds of guided training and feedback on their presentation for the conference]
- Being part of ArabNet Alumni Club and benefiting from all its offerings

In the event that a finalist can't make it to the event, gets disqualified, or withdraws, the runners up will be contacted to replace finalists based on their order.

Winners will be announced during the closing ceremony on February 22, and receive cash prizes to help them make their ideas come true.

Registering to Attend the Conference
When you submit to the Ideathon competitions, your application gets processed by our team to make sure it’s complete and meets the eligibility criteria.
Upon approval, you will receive an email titled "Your Ideathon Submission Has Been Approved!", which contains a promo-code that looks like this: X3QHHKZLmJ0. The promo-code is valid for one use only.

Go to the registration page and enter the promo-code to receive the discounted Entrepreneur rate for the conference.
Only Startup Demo and Ideathon applicants will be eligible for the Entrepreneur rate.

StartUp Battle and Ideathon Finalists pitch on stage at the ArabNet Beirut on February 21, and are required to be there one day in advance, February 20, for the last round of pitch training at the conference venue: Hilton Beirut, Habtoor Grand Hotel

Winners will be announced during the closing ceremony on February 22.
For visa-request invitation letters kindly send an email to:

ArabNet Beirut 2016 Winners:
1st Place: MomAdvice; Platform provides mother with needed child consultancy.
2nd Place: Future Energy Management; A distributed energy controller that teaches the user how to save money on electricity.
3rd Place: BelArabiyah; Arabic writing enhancement tool

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