On June 24, MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab will announce the winners of the 13th edition of Arab Startup Competition during a Virtual Conference & Award Ceremony, in partnership with Community Jameel (Main Partner), King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) (Innovation Partner), and Zain Group (Digital Partner).
This year's 16 Social Entrepreneurhsip Track semifinalists come from 9 different countries around the world (either with an Arab founder, or directly operating in the MENA). Also, all semifinalists have already received an intensive training module, which was conducted remotely by the team at KAUST and addressed various topics around resiliency, adapting to new market behavior, business model canvas, and more.
The semifinalists will pitch to the judges remotely, who will be determining the winners based on our long-standing judging criteria.
Meet the Social EntrepreneurshipTrack semifinalists for the 13th edition of MITEF Arab Startup Competition:
- Baramoda (Egypt): Baramoda is the first agri-tech start-up in the Middle East and Africa specialized in sustainable agricultural innovations, develops biofertilizers from agri-waste based on the land , crops needs and The goal of agriculture.
- Beanboat (Bahrain): Beanboat bridges the gap between coffee farmers and consumers. It works with the family owned coffee farms of Colombia giving them direct and fair access to the GCC market through its e-commerce platform. Beanboat's business model allows the farmers to earn more and the consumers to pay less.
- Blatt Boutique (Lebanon): Blatt Boutique functions as a curated distributer of sustainable construction finish materials (panels and tiles) and agent for home accessory designers from the MENA region.
- Creative Space (Lebanon): Creative Space is a social enterprise with free education, inclusivity and job creation at the heart of its mission. The enterprise includes a revenue-generating arm that has in-house brands and an online shop, csb-shop.com, all of which aim to support, grow and sustain Creative Space Beirut - the first free fashion design school in the Middle East.
- EAZYTRON (Syria): Eazytron is the first establishment of its kind in the Arab world that manufactures and develops quality tech solutions that enable special needs individuals to engage and interact with technology.
- Entaleq (Egypt): Entaleq App is a crowdsourcing platform that utilizes the power of the masses to share accessibility information for persons with disabilities, aiming to maximize independence and choice for them in accessing places based on their specific needs and accommodation.
- FlowLess (Palestine): FlowLess provides a comprehensive system for water networks management, consisting of IoT devices to collect data about the network & smart web platform that utilizes artificial intelligence to analyze this data to provide interpretations about the network status and detect water leaks.
- Green WATECH (Morocco): Green WATECH offers a new low cost, efficient and practical solution of sanitation. The technology is designed to be used to manage and reuse domestic wastewater in rural communities and decentralized sites. It consists of water filtration using available and low cost materials such as soil, gravel, sawdust and iron metal.
- Kashat (Egypt): Kashat is a first of its kind mobile application developed to deliver instant nano loans to the unbanked and underserved population in Egypt.
- PraxiLabs (Egypt): PraxiLabs aims to provide equal opportunity for an enhanced STEM education for students everywhere by providing 3D interactive virtual simulations of science labs that are accessible, usable, and affordable for educational institutions and students alike.
- ReBootKamp (Tunisia): ReBootKamp (RBK) is a career accelerator producing highly skilled Software Engineers from vulnerable populations. Due to its innovative education technology, RBK is able to launch to industry in 4 months, highly skilled engineers with five technical and non-technical core skill sets.
- Robotna (Jordan): Robotna aims to enhance creative thinking skills, spread future sciences, and integrate it with academic curriculums through several training programs, each consisting of several stages focused on creating a tech driven entrepreneurial generation. Training is carried out using robots and modern technology.
- Sadeq (Jordan): Sadeq is a company that aims to help adults deal with kids with their learning and development through edutainment activities using the resources around them (households).
- Jaleesa (KSA): We are a platform that connects mothers and fathers to babysitters who are qualified and accredited as per international standards. Babysitters can be hired at any time and any place on hourly or monthly basis.
- SYAG (KSA): SYAG is an organization that aims to create a platform between the entities that provide opportunities and the youth that seek them. We currently have 500 members and counting from around Saudi Arabia, who have been evaluated through applications. We have offered many opportunities, including 10,000 volunteering hours in less than a year and internship programs.
- Aya Animations (KSA):AYA Animations is a production company bringing values-based content to children everywhere. Through engaging animations, we create early childhood edutainment promoting universal values and moral education inspired by the Qur'an.