On November 10, 2021, The Entrepreneurial Nation, in partnership with MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab, announced its pioneer initiative StartUp Leap, a competition specifically targeting global and regional startups who wish to expand to the UAE. More than 1,200 startups from all over the world applied to the competition for a chance to benefit from the incentive package that includes top-tier training, mentorship, media coverage and exposure, office space, residency (for up to 3 founders), and business development support.
After rigorous screening, 20 finalists were shortlisted to qualify for the second part of the competition, training and judging. All the finalists will go through a 2-day intensive Bootcamp on January 17 and 18, where they will receive training in Understanding Venture Capital & Angel Mentality as well as Resource Alignment with CoFounders - Building a Plan B delivered by Ozan Sonmez, Founder of Zillion Pitches; How digital marketing accelerates your growth journey delivered by Rami Deeb, Marketing Executive at Talkwalker; and Pitching delivered by Andre Abi Awad, Founder of Entreprenergy.
On January 19, the finalists will pitch in front of the esteemed panel of judges that’s composed of HE. Dr. Ahmad Belhoul AlFalasi, Minister of State for Entrepreneurship & SMEs at UAE’s Ministry of Economy, Ritesh Tilani, Founding Partner at Enhance Ventures, Dina el-Shenoufy, Chief Investment Officer at Flat6Labs, and Magnus Olsson, Founder & Managing Director at Careem.
The following are the finalists who were handpicked to qualify for the next round:
- Agri Soft - Egypt
- Algebra Intelligence - Jordan
- Alphazed - United Kingdom
- ARSELA Technologies - Tunisia
- Awfar.com - Egypt
- Baramoda - Egypt
- Bessern - United Arab Emirates
- Bots Factory - Morocco
- Cupmena - Egypt
- DentaCarts - Egypt
- el-dokan, Inc. - Egypt
- elmetr inc - Egypt
- FortyGuard Tech Ltd - United Arab Emirates
- Helm - Egypt
- Kanari AI - United States of America
- Sellotion eCommerce Platform - Jordan
- SessionForward Inc. - United States of America
- T2meen insurance technology - Sudan
- TrustiT - Tunisia
- WideBot - Egypt
We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all the entrepreneurs who have made it this far!