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

Eligibility Criteria
- Startup must be less than 2 years old
- Startup must have less than 30 employees
- Startup must have less than $2M in investment
- Startup must be functional before the deadline of the competition
- Startup must be a web or mobile application

Submitting Your Startup
Your submission to the Startup Battle is a two-phase application:
Step1: Fill in the form for the Startup Database, a public online reference for web and mobile startups in the region. This allows us to profile your startup.
Step 2: Fill in the Startup Battle form, which gives more information about your business model, strategy, etc.
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.
Submit to your local Startup Battle for a chance to compete at the Startup Championship using this link

Applications for Riyadh are closed; Finalists will be announced on November 15


Christos Mastoras
‎Founder and Managing Partner, ILIAD PARTNERS
​Faris Al Rashid
​Founder & Chairman, Oqal group
​Rakan el Eidi
​Venture Partner, 500 startups
​Nasser A. Alsaadon
​Business Development and Innovation GM, STC

​Riyadh Ruwais
Partner, STC Ventures
​Sonia Weymuller
​Founding Partner, VentureSouq
Tarek Fahim
Managing Partner at Endure Capital, Partner at Tamkeen Capital
​Walid Faza
​Partner and Investment Principal, Wamda 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, innovation, team qualifications and market/sales strategy.
Based on the results, 10 finalists and 5 runner-ups will be chosen.
Finalists will be announced: November 15

- Receive 2 free passes for the full event
- Present their startup for 5 minutes at the ArabNet Riyadh Conference. [Finalists will be given several rounds of guided training and feedback on their presentation for the Conference]
- A table top at the TechFair during the Forum Days
- Being part of ArabNet Alumni Club and benefiting from all its offerings

- Receive 2 free passes for the Conference
- A table top at the TechFair during the Forum Days

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 receive a free booth at the Digital Showcase at the ArabNet Digital Summit 2017 in Dubai, May 16-17.

Registering to Attend the Conference
When you submit to the Startup Battle, your application gets processed by our team to make sure it is complete and meets the eligibility criteria.
Upon approval, you will receive an email titled "Your Startup Battle 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 ArabNet Riyadh 2016 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: Non Edu - Non is dedicated to deliver effective and engaging education like never before. It innovatively craft smart, social, and fun learning experiences.
2nd Place: Buildify - peer-to-peer marketplace to rent construction equipment.
3rd Place: B8ak - B8ak is an smartphone app-based home maintenance delivery company, in Saudi Arabia, that allow users to order home maintenance services conveniently with only few clicks on B8ak's mobile app.

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