About the Competition

About the Competition

The MITEF Arab Startup Competition is a yearly competition that pits entrepreneurs in 3 different tracks: Ideas Track, Startups Track and Social Entrepreneurship track. 
 
The competitors go through 3 rounds of judging, after which three winners are selected from each track. The winning entrepreneurs are awarded prizes worth more than USD 160K and benefit from a range of other activities, including top tier training, mentorship, coaching, media exposure, and great networking opportunities.
 
The competition received 8,272 applications in 2017. The number of applications has been constantly on the rise since the first edition in 2006. In total, the competition has received more that 88,000 applications since its launch.
 
So far the competitions have awarded more than USD 710,000 in seed funding; its alumni have gone on to establish over 300 successful startups, which have created over 1860 jobs.