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

Submitting Your Brilliant Idea

Applications are closed. Finalists will be announced on November 15


Bader Alzahrani
Managing Director-Saudi Arabia, Endeavor
​Faisal Bitar
​Assistant Investment Manager, Oasis 500
​Hashim Nabulsi
​Managing Partner, Cordoba Partners
​Jenny Ahlzen
​Principal, Silicon Badia

​Kate MacGowan
Programme Manager, ​C5 Cloud 10
Lana Al-Saleh
Co-Founder & Board Member, Saudi Business Incubator Makeen

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 15

- 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 14 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 Demo and Ideathon applicants will be eligible for the Entrepreneur rate.

StartUp Demo and Ideathon Finalists pitch on stage at the ArabNet Riyadh on December 13, and are required to be there one day in advance, December 12, for the last round of pitch training at the conference venue: Four Seasons Hotel, Kingdom Tower, Riyadh.

Winners will be announced during the closing ceremony on December 14.
For visa-request invitation letters kindly send an email to:

ArabNet Riyadh 2015 Winners:
1st Place: Pick Logistics - Delivery platform for e-commerce and small stores.
2nd Place: Walk Me Through - An online walk-through inside existent real malls showing their shops' products, offering virtual shopping experience for shoppers.
3rd Place: Gareboat - Gareboat is "peer to peer" boat rental platform.

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