About the Competition

About the Competition

The MIT Enterprise Forum (MITEF) for the Pan Arab Region, in partnership with Community Jameel, the Corporate Social Responsibility arm of Abdul Latif Jameel, and Zain Group, a leading mobile telecom innovator across the Middle East and Africa, and with year’s strategic partner Tamkeen, a semi-government organization in Bahrain with the task of making the private sector as the key driver of sustainable economic development announces the launch of the tenth edition of the MIT Enterprise Forum Arab Startup Competition.

As with last year’s edition, this year’s competition includes three different tracks: Ideas, Startups, and Social Entrepreneurship, with total prize money on offer totalling USD $160,000. Each of the three tracks will award the first three ranked winners with cash prizes in addition to many other benefits including: top tier training, mentorship, coaching, media exposure, and great networking opportunities.

The competition’s website www.mitefarab.org opened for applications on October 13, 2016 with the deadline for receipt of applications on January 4, 2017. Informative roadshows promoting the competition were held in Bahrain, Egypt, Kuwait, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Qatar and the UAE, and seventy nine semi-finalist teams will be announced on February 10, 2017.

The semi-finalists will be invited to attend pre-bootcamp activities scheduled to take place in February and March, 2017 in Egypt, Jordan and UAE. The competition will culminate in a three-day event from April 25 to April 27, 2017, with the announcement of the competition winners scheduled to take place during the final award ceremony on April 27, 2017.