The Startup Battle competition aims to showcase the best of regional startups to an enthusiastic crowd of investors, incubators, media and digital professionals, as well as connect entrepreneurs with the digital world. Submit your startup to the Startup Battle competition for a chance to pitch on stage at the ArabNet Beirut!

Eligibility Criteria
- Startup must be less than 2 years old
- Startup must have less than 30 employees
- Startup must have less than $2M in investment
- Startup must be functional before the deadline of the competition
- Startup must be a web or mobile application

Submitting Your Startup

Applications are closed! Finalists will be announced: 02 February

Judging

Ahmad Khatib
CEO, Amana Capital
Antoine El Boustany
Investment Manager, SANED Partners
​Faris Al Rashid
Founder and Chairman, Oqal group
Fadi Osseiran
General Manager, BLOMINVEST BANK

Henri Asseily
Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Leap Ventures
Jad Salameh
Managing Partner, Phoenician Funds
Jean Jabbour
Product and Service Manager, Touch
Dr. Khalid AlTawil
Executive Board Member, International Chamber of Commerce

Mondher Khanfir
Founder & CEO, Wiki Start Up
Neda Aldihani
Founder and General Manager, BrilliantLab
Patrick Thiriet
​Chief Strategy Officer, Choueiri Group
Ramy Boujawdeh
Deputy General Manager, Berytech

Riyad Abou Jaoudeh
Executive Director, MEVP
Saeb Nahas
Portfolio Manager, Phoenician Funds
Sami Abou Saab
​CEO, Speed Lebanon
 

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, innovation, team qualifications and market/sales strategy.
Based on the results, 10 finalists and 5 runner-ups will be chosen.
Finalists will be announced: 02 February

Finalists:
- Receive 2 free passes for the full event.
- Present their startup for 5 minutes at the ArabNet Beirut Conference. [Finalists will be given several rounds of guided training and feedback on their presentation for the Conference]
- A table top at the TechFair during the Forum Days
- Being part of ArabNet Alumni Club and benefiting from all its offerings


Runners-Up:
- Receive 2 free passes for the Conference.
- A table top at the TechFair during the Forum Days.

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
Three winners will be announced during the closing ceremony on on February 22.
Winners will be flown to Dubai with accommodation for ArabNet Digital Summit 2018 (April 30 - May 1) and will get to compete at the Startup Championship and assert their startup among the best in the region. Winners will also receive two free passes to the Digital Summit, in addition to an exhibition booth space where they will be exposed to world-class investors and international media, and have access to the Matchup sessions.

The Championship winner received a $20,000 cash prize, scholarship for acceleration in Silicon Valley, along with other in-kind prizes from partners.

Registering to Attend the Conference
When you submit to the Startup Battle competition, your application gets processed by our team to make sure it is complete and meets the eligibility criteria.
Upon approval, you will receive an email titled "Your Startup Battle 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.

Deadline for Early Bird Registration: 10 January
Deadline for Regular Registration: 15 February
Late Bird Registration Deadline: 19 February
On site registration is available at the door during the conference.

Logistics
StartUp Battle and Ideathon Finalists pitch on stage at ArabNet Beirut 2018 on 21 February, and are required to be there one day in advance, 20 February, 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 22 February.
For visa-request invitation letters kindly send an email to: beirut@arabnet.me

ArabNet Beirut 2017 Winners:
1st Place: Vision in Motion - a software-based platform for businesses to monitor, track and analyze customer behavioral patterns. It uses image processing and computer vision technology.
2nd Place: Synkers - a mobile platform that connects students and tutors. Students or their guardians can search for a tutor online and book.
3rd Place: Blink My Car - an on-demand car care platform that connects users to professionals, bringing the car wash and maintenance shop to the user’s parking spot needs.

Want to contact us regarding the Startup Battle? Send an email to startupdb@arabnet.me

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