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 are closed! Finalists will be announced: 02 February


Corine Kiame
Investment Manager, IM Capital
David Munir Nabti
CEO (Chief Entrepreneur & Organizer), AltCity - General Director, Boot Camp
Elie Akhras
Director of International Research Center, UK Lebanon Tech Hub
Fares Samara
Chief Technology Officer, Speed Lebanon

​Fawzi Rahal
Managing Director, Flat6Labs, Beirut
Firas Ezzeddine
Investment Manager, Cedar Mundi
Ghaith Yafi
Managing Partner, B&Y Venture Partners
Hanadi Saad
Assistant General Manager, Creditbank

Khaled Ismail
Chairman, HIMangel
​Meghan Rose Warner
Regional Manager for MENA ,Seedstars
​Nadim Salha
Managing Partner, Vestra Capital
​Nermine Chatila
​Investment Associate, WOMENA

Suneel Gokhale
Partner, VentureSouq

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: 02 February

- 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 Battle 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 2018 Winners:
1st Place: Lemonade Fashion- an online platform that allows people to take complete control over their fashion by giving them a trendy, high quality, and custom-made designer pieces.
2nd Place: The Advisory Company - an online white label robo-advisor provider.
3rd Place: Ilham - a web platform designed to provide teachers with the necessary tools and tips to personalize their exams for dyslexic students.

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