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 Kuwait.

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 Kuwait are now closed!


​Antoine El Boustany
Investment Manager, Saned Partners
​Hasan Haidar
Partner, 500 Startups
​Hind Al-Ghannam
Independent Researcher and Market Analyst
​Meghan Warner
Regional Associate, Seedstars MENA

​Mohammed AlZubi
Managing Director, Tharwa Capital
​Prashant Gulati
Founder of The Assembly, Founder of The SmartStart Fund
​Samar M. Baqer
Assistant Professor, Kuwait University
Yousif Abdulla Mufeez
Manager, Head of Bahrain Business Incubator Center BBIC, Head of Rukn.ME ICT Based Incubator Center

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.
- Receive 1 free pass for the full event.
- Present their idea for 2 minutes at ArabNet Kuwait. [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 October 18 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 Kuwait on October 17, and are required to be there one day in advance, October 16, for the last round of pitch training at the conference venue: Courtyard by Marriott Hotel, Kuwait.

Winners will be announced during the closing ceremony on October 18.
For visa-request invitation letters kindly send an email to:

ArabNet Kuwait 2016 Winners:
1st Place: My Spot - A platform to connect people who need parking spaces to people who are willing to rent some out.
2nd Place: Share Life - Share Life is a startup that provides a personalized solution for refugee education, socialization and employment.
3rd Place: Speetrol - Safety doesn't happen by accident.

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