Ideathon Competition

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 Beirut.

Eligibility Criteria

- The Idea has to be related to web and mobile

- The Idea should not be a functional startup

Submission closed. Stay Tuned for the results on November 17!


Christos Mastoras
Founder & Managing Partner, Iliad Partners
Doaa ElEraqy
Founder, Arab WomenPreneurs
Khalid Suleimani
Head of Venture Capital Funds, Alkhabeer Capital
Lana Al-Saleh
Co-Founder & Board Member, Saudi Business Incubator Makeen
Mohammed Sowaileh
President, Youth Businessmen Committee
Nima Adelkhani
Innovation Evangelist, IdeaMarket
Nicola Bettio
Manager, KAUST Innovation Fund, King Abdullah University of Science & Technology
Osama Natto
Founder, AccMakk
Salem Bagami
Executive Director, The Founder Institute
Yousef Hammad
Investment Associate, BECO 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 and innovation.

Based on the results, 10 finalists and 5 runners-up will be chosen.

Finalists will be announced: November 17


- 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 forum]

- 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 16 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 forum . Only Startup Demo and Ideathon applicants will be eligible for the Entrepreneur rate.

Deadline for Early Bird Registration: October 20
Deadline for Regular Registration:  November 30
Late Bird Registration Deadline: December 13
On site registration is available at the door during the forum.


StartUp Demo and Ideathon Finalists pitch on stage at the ArabNet Riyadh on December 15, and are required to be there one day in advance, December 14, for the last round of pitch training at the forum venue:  Four Seasons Hotel, Kingdom Tower, Riyadh.

Winners will be announced during the closing ceremony on December 16.

For visa-request invitation letters kindly send an email to:

ArabNet Riyadh 2014 Winners:

1st Place: B8ak - app for home & building owners to order quality maintenance and buildings' energy and water optimization services.
2nd Place: On Road Notify - app for car accident management & reporting service to facilitate the communication between the citizens, police and the insurance companies through an intelligent system.
3rd Place: Frisk - search engine that detects the publication of copyrighted audio and video files.

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