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Two Bahraini teams among semi-finalists of startup contest

MANAMA, January 25, 2018

Two teams from Bahrain were named amongst the semi-finalists of the 11th edition of MIT Enterprise Forum of the Pan Arab Region, to be held later this year, in Oman.

A total of 84 teams from 14 Arab countries are set to compete in the final round of the MITEF Arab Startup Competition on April 19.

Zain Group has been the competition’s digital partner for the last four years alongside Community Jameel, which has been a founding partner for 10 years. Local strategic partners in Oman include Riyada and Omantel.

The competition includes three tracks – ideas, startups, and social entrepreneurship, with respectively 26, 34 and 24 semi-finalist projects in each, said a statement.

The Bahrain finalists include the Glare team competing in the Ideas track and DualNetworks SA competing in the Startups track. Cash prizes exceeding $160,000 will be distributed among nine lucky winners, three per track.

Beyond the cash prizes, all 84 semifinalists will benefit from advanced training sessions, personal mentorship and guidance, as well as media visibility, and excellent networking opportunities.

The semi-finalists hailed from 14 Arab countries, as follows: Lebanon (20), Egypt (14), the UAE (10), Saudi Arabia (9), Jordan (7), Palestine (6), Morocco (4), Tunisia (6), Bahrain (2), Sudan (2), Kuwait (1), Qatar (1), Algeria (1) and Oman (1).

This year’s edition received more than 5,300 applications, representing a range of sectors, including Internet services, software, education, healthcare, and creative industries.

Zain Bahrain general manager Mohammed Zainalabedin said: “The competition has become an established platform to foster innovation and youth development, and we are proud to extend our support to the competition and to the youth of our region.”

“We are particularly proud of the two Bahraini teams which are set to participate in this year’s competition and we wish them the best of luck,” he said.

“As a leader in the digital space, Zain Bahrain believes in the power of innovation to drive economic prosperity and improve lives. Given the right environment, Bahrain could well produce the world’s next Facebook or Uber, and we believe it is our responsibility to encourage the next generation of talents in the country,” he added.

Hala Fadel, chair of the board of MIT EF Pan Arab, said: “Every year, our confidence and belief in the importance of this competition in supporting and nurturing the culture of entrepreneurship grows. Developing the ideas and projects of the Arab youth and empowering them to transform these pioneering ideas into success stories couldn’t make us prouder.”

Fady Jameel, president of Community Jameel International, said: “We are happy to present the opportunity for innovation and creativity to entrepreneurs across the Arab world.”

“We see new promising business models each year, all coming from diverse backgrounds. This reinforces the fact that the Arab world is full of talent and creativity,” Jameel added.

The MIT Arab Startup Competition will culminate in a two-day event on April 18 and 19, 2018 in Oman, with the announcement of this year’s winners, set to take place during the final award ceremony. – TradeArabia News Service




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