Startup Demo Competition

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The Startup Demo competition aims to showcase the best of regional startups to an enthusiastic crowd of investors, incubators, digital professionals, as well as connect entrepreneurs with the world of digital. Submit your startup to the Startup Demo competition for a chance to pitch on stage at ArabNet Beirut 2016!

Eligibility Criteria
- Startup must be less than 2 years old
- Startup must have less than 10 employees
- Startup must have less than $1M in investment
- Startup must be functional before competition deadline
- Startup must be a web or mobile application

Applications Closed.
Stay tuned for the results on February 8


Aurore Belfrage
Head of Together, EQT Ventures
Fadi Bishara
Founder, BlackBox
Fares Ghandour
Investment Manager, Wamda Seed Capital
Kamal Hassan
General Partner, Turn8 Fund

Laith Shukri
Investment Analyst, Oasis500
Nadim Zaazaa
Country Director, UK Lebanon Tech Hub
Tammer Qaddumi
Co-founder, VentureSouq
Turi Menthe
Venture Partner, North Base Media

Walid Mansour
Managing Partner, MEVP

A panel of judges will review submissions and shortlist the finalists. Judging is 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: February 08, 2016

- Receive 2 free passes to the full ArabNet Beirut 2016 event
- Do a 5-min presentation of their startup at the ArabNet Beirut Conference
(Finalists will be given several rounds of guided training and presentation feedback prior to the Conference)
- Exhibit their startup at the TechFair during Forum days

- Receive 2 free passes to the full ArabNet Beirut 2016 event
- Exhibit their startup at the TechFair during Forum days

In the instance where a finalist cannot make it to the event, is disqualified, or withdraws, runners-up will be contacted to replace the missing finalist (in chosen order).

Winners receive a free booth at the Digital Showcase, during the ArabNet Digital Summit 2016 in Dubai, in May.

Registering to attend the Conference
Once you submit to the Startup Demo competition, your application is processed by our team ensuring it is complete and meets the eligibility criteria.
Upon approval, you will receive an email titled "Your Startup Demo Submission Has Been Approved!"
this email contains a promo-code that looks like this: "X3QHHKZLmJ0" valid for one use only.

Go to the registration page and enter the promo-code, in order to receive the discounted Entrepreneur rate for the conference. Startup Demo and Ideathon applicants ONLY are eligible for the Entrepreneur rate.

Deadline for Early Bird Registration: January 11
Deadline for Regular Registration: February 15
Late Bird Registration Deadline: February 29
On-site registration is available at the door during the conference.

StartUp Demo and Ideathon finalists will be pitching on stage on March 2nd, during ArabNet Beirut 2016. They are required to be present at the conference venue (Hilton Habtoor Grand Hotel, Sin el Fil) one day in advance on March 1st for the last round of pitch training.

Winners will be announced during the closing ceremony on March 3rd.
For visa-request invitation letters, kindly send an email to:

ArabNet Beirut 2015 Winners:
1st Place:, online medical booking database in Egypt
2nd Place: ProjectX, 3D visualization and measurement company
3rd Place: RedTroops, the eBay for in-app advertising

Do you wish to contact us regarding the Startup Demo competition? Send an email to

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