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
Your submission to the Startup Battle competition is a two-phase application:
Step1: Fill in the form for the Startup Database, a public online reference for web and mobile startups in the region. This allows us to profile your startup.
Step 2: Fill in the Startup Battle competition form, which gives more information about your business model, strategy, etc.
Please be patient; take your time filling in the form and follow the guidelines to ensure a complete submission. Incomplete submissions may not be approved.
Submit to your local Startup Battle for a chance to compete at the Startup Championship using this link

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


Christina Chehade
Director, Endeavor Lebanon
Fadi Bishara
Founder, BlackBox
Fares Ghandour
Partner, Wamda Capital
Farshad Nowshadi
​VP at Saman Bank, VC at Level39 FinTech-London

​Jad Salameh
​Co-founder & Managing Partner, Phoenician Funds
Lara Ammar
Digital & Innovation Specialist, Touch
​Patrick Thiriet
Chief Strategy Officer, Choueiri Group
Philippe Toutoungi
Investment Associate, Cedar Mundi Capital

Riyad Abou Jaoudeh
Executive Director, Middle East Venture Partners (MEVP)
Sami Abou Saab
Chief Executive Officer, Speed Lebanon
Sorusch Amiri
Associate, BECO Capital
Tarek Fahim
Managing Partner at Endure Capital,
Partner at Tamkeen Capital

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: 03 February

- 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

- 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 will receive:
- Free booth at the 2017 ArabNet Digital Summit in Dubai
- 2 free passes to the Digital Summit
- Flight to Dubai + accommodation
- Enrollment in the championship pitches at the Summit for a chance to win $20,000
- Access to the Matchup and world class investors
- Access to international media
- 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: 29 February
On site registration is available at the door during the conference.
StartUp Battle and Ideathon Finalists pitch on stage at ArabNet Beirut 2017 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:

ArabNet Beirut 2016 Winners:
1st Place: ChefXChange; An online marketplace that connects Chefs to Foodies.
2nd Place: Sympaticus; Therapy and wellbeing platform.
3rd Place: ReAble; An enterprise that develops apps that empower people with special needs.

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