Last Year's Winners

Last Year's Winners

Winning teams hailed from Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco share other prizes

Over 500 key socio-economic Saudi and regional figures attend award ceremony and conference at the King Abdullah Economic City in Saudi Arabia -MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab, in partnership with founding partner Community Jameel and the Zain Group, announced the winners of the MIT Enterprise Forum Arab Startup Competition from a total of 76 contesting teams from 15 Arab countries. The competition’s final award ceremony was held at the Bay La Sun Hotel & Marina in the King Abdullah Economic City on April 14, 2016. This year’s event was also supported by government partner the Economic Cities Authority and hosting partner the King Abdullah Economic City along with global technology provider Huawei.

The competition was preceded by the Time to Invest in Arab Youth and Their Innovations Conference, organized by MIT Technology Review Arab Edition. During the conference, MIT Technology Review Arab Edition’s five innovators under 35 in the Arab world were announced.

The ninth edition of this year's competition received an outstanding 5,967 individual and team applications from 21 Arab countries, up from 4,275 last year, and representing a record participation of over 16,500 entrepreneurs up from 12,000 last year. The nine winning teams across three tracks - Ideas, Startups, and Social Entrepreneurship - hail from Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco.

The US$50,000 top prize for the best start up track was awarded to Kuwait’s Ghinwa, who are building a mobile application that can be used by users to perform Karaoke where songs are licensed from the copyright owners to ensure legality, allowing users to share and promote their talents across different social media platforms.

Apart from the winner’s prize money, each of the Ideas, Startups, and Social Entrepreneurship tracks semi-finalists benefitted from top tier training, mentorship, coaching, media exposure, and great networking opportunities throughout the competition.

Startups Track:

Winner: Ghinwa from Kuwait - $50,000
2nd place: Zamen from Egypt - $15,000
3rd place: B8ak from Saudi Arabia - $10,000

Ideas Track:

Winner: Tutorama from Egypt - $15,000
2nd place: Deep OR from Morocco - $10,000
3rd place: Ostor Lab from Morocco- $5,000

Social Entrepreneurship Track:

Winner: Hydropneumatic Flushing System from Tunisia - $15,000
2nd place: Pathfinder from Lebanon - $10,000
3rd place: Low Cost PPC from Jordan - $5,000