Arab Startup Competition alumni speak of its success and impact

07 Jan 2019

4 MIN READ

Interview

After happening for the past eleven years, MITEF Arab Startup Competition has turned into a brand of itself, one that promotes entrepreneurship and innovation in a competitive and fun environment. The competition had already taken place across various Arab cities and therefore attracting the attention of diverse partners, entrepreneurs, and various stakeholders from the regional startup ecosystem.

As a matter of fact, the main driver of the competition has not only been the speakers, or the mentors, or the judges, or even our partners but also our alumni who were participating in these competitions and spreading the word about its benefits and merit. Our alumni network continues to reach various parts of the Arab world, where entrepreneurs and innovators might not have had the opportunity to showcase their projects and give them.

Our biggest asset is not only the successful startups that have gone through our programs; it is actually the people impacted by these innovations, whether in healthcare, edtech, fintech, or even ecommerce.

We asked a number of our alumni to share their thoughts on their ‘Arab Startup Competition’ experience, and this is what they had to say.

Alaa Hamadto, Solar Foods, Sudan

“Being an ASC alumnus means being part of a community that supports, encourages, and gives you all the resources needed to be a successful entrepreneur...I gained the determination and daily discipline to do what needs to be done even when I don’t feel like doing it.”

Souheil Guessoum, Proven Med, Tunisia

Souheil Guessoum, Proven Med, Tunisia

“Building, launching and growing a business can only be learned in strong learning competitions such as Arab Startup Competition … it’s the engine that’ll drive innovation by creating a competitive spirit among startups, leading them to improve and excel.”

Guarav Biswas, Trukker Technologies, UAE

Guarav Biswas, Trukker Technologies, UAE

“ASC serves as a yardstick for startups to gauge where they stand among the competition [...] with that kind of notoriety comes a lot of press coverage and exposure to an audience far larger than you’d be able to reach with typical marketing strategies.”

Ibrahim Shams, Kiliim, Egypt

Ibrahim Shams, Kiliim, Egypt

“The social entrepreneurship track was the first of its kind to help entrepreneurs further develop and measure their social impact to make sure startups’ growth isn’t purely commercial, but also based on the impact on society”

Mohammad Shakhtareh, Smart Data Logger, Jordan

Mohammad Shakhtare, Smart Data Logger, Jordan

“ASC is an important player in promoting and supporting entrepreneurs in the Arab region … we applied with an idea and a prototype, which led us to the semifinals, and eventually encouraged us to work harder to pursue our dream”

Priscilla Elora Sharuk, Myki, Lebanon

Priscilla Elora Sharuk, Myki, Lebanon

“There is no lack of innovators in the region, ASC is a major investment in getting young professionals’ ideas recognized and empowering them to further develop their businesses. This is what will boost our economy in the long run.”

Maria Abi Hanna, Plotos, UAE

Maria Abi Hanna, Plotos, UAE

“We learned immensely from the trainers during the bootcamp … the mentors helped us understand the elements of a [good] pitch, how to write one, and how to pitch it with more self-confidence.”

Learn all about this year’s competition on the official website: www.mitarabcompetition.com

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