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 Riyadh.

Eligibility Criteria
- The Idea has to be related to web and mobile
- The Idea should not be a functional startup

Submitting Your Brilliant Idea
You can submit to the Ideathon competition by filling out the application form linked here.
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.
Submitting your idea should take approximately 20 minutes. Submit your idea here. You can find more information on how to apply here: (عربيEnglish)

Deadline for applications is November 16


​Ahmad Al-Rifaie
Managing Partner, Seeds Partners
​Apostolos Binomakis
Partner, Iliad Partners
Esraa Aseery
Managing Director, eTree
Mohannad Alnabulsi
Program Manager, Qotuf AlRiyadah

Omar Hashem
Executive Vice President and Head, Digital Banking Division, The National Commercial Bank
​Samer S. Samman
Investment Manager, KAUST Innovation Fund, KAUST
​Shabbab Al-Ghamdi

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: November 25

- Receive 1 free pass for the full event.
- Present their idea for 2 minutes at ArabNet Riyadh. [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 December 13 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 Riyadh on December 12, and are required to be there one day in advance, December 11, for the last round of pitch training at the conference venue: Courtyard by Marriott Hotel, Riyadh.

Winners will be announced during the closing ceremony on December 13.
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ArabNet Riyadh 2016 Winners:
1st Place: - An electronic platform for car maintenance workshops that helps you choose the right workshop.
2nd Place: Ranam - An app teaching Oud (musical instrument) through listening to the user, analyzing the audio signal and giving instant performance feedback, as if you’re playing Guitar Hero with the real instrument while having your tutor next to you.
3rd Place: Hebli - A delivery app that delivers "anything" within the neighborhood/district of the customer for SR 5 & 30 minutes average delivery time.

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