The Startup Battle aims to showcase the best of regional startups to an enthusiastic crowd of investors, incubators, media and digital professionals, as well as connect entrepreneurs with the digital world. Submit your startup to the Startup Battle for a chance to pitch on stage at the ArabNet Riyadh!

Eligibility Criteria
- Startup must be less than 2 years old
- Startup must have less than 30 employees
- Startup must have less than $2M in investment
- Startup must be functional before the deadline of the competition
- Startup must be a web or mobile application

Submitting Your Startup

Your submission to the Startup Battle is a two-phase application:
Step1: : Fill in the form for the Startup Database, a public online reference for web and mobile startups in the region. This allows us to profile your startup.
Step 2: Fill in the Startup Battle competition form, which gives more information about your business model, strategy, etc.
Please be patient; take your time filling in the form and follow the guidelines to ensure a complete submission. Incomplete submissions may not be approved.
Submitting your startup should take a minimum of 20 minutes.

Start your application here link

Start your application here. You can find more information on how to apply here: (عربيEnglish)

Arabnet Riyadh 2018
Deadline to submit: TBA


Abdullah Altamammi
Head of Investments, iNet
Dr. Taghreed Al-Saraj
Consultant and Head of 9/10th Ambassadors Program, 9/10ths
Fahad Almousa
Founding Partner, Inspire Ventures
​Faris Al Rashid
Founder and Chairman, Oqal group

Fawaz Alobaid
Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Seeds Partners
Furqan Ayub
Vice President of Direct Investments, AlRajhi United
Hadyah Fathalla
Executive Director, C5
Hamoud S. Al-Sabah
​Managing Partner, Sharq Ventures

​Ivo Detelinov
Head of Private Equity Funds, Riyad Capital
​Jassim AlHaroon
Managing Partner, Raed Ventures
Kais Al Essa
Founding Partner & CEO, Vision Ventures
Maan Eshgi
Partner, VentureSouq

Neda Aldihani
Founder and General Manager, BrilliantLab
Riyadh Al Zamil
​Founder and Chairman, Raz Holding Group
​Riyadh Ruwais
Partner, STC Ventures (Iris Capital)

A panel of judges will review the submissions and shortlist the finalists for the competition. Judging will be based on the following criteria: value proposition, target market, competitive advantage, business model, innovation, team qualifications and market/sales strategy.
Based on the results, 10 finalists and 5 runner-ups will be chosen.
Finalists will be announced on November 26 Stay Tuned!

- Receive 2 free passes for the full event.
- Present their startup for 5 minutes at the ArabNet Riyadh Conference. [Finalists will be given several rounds of guided training and feedback on their presentation for the Conference]
- A table top at the TechFair during the Forum Days
- Being part of ArabNet Alumni Club and benefiting from all its offerings

- Receive 2 free passes for the Conference.
- A table top at the TechFair during the Forum Days.

In the event that a finalist can't make it to the event, gets disqualified, or withdraws, the runners up will be contacted to replace finalists based on their order.

WThree winners will be announced during the closing ceremony on December 13. Winners will be flown to Dubai with accommodation for ArabNet Digital Summit 2018 (April 30 - May 1) and will get to compete at the Startup Championship and assert their startup among the best in the region. Winners will also receive two free passes to the Digital Summit, in addition to an exhibition booth space where they will be exposed to world-class investors and international media, and have access to the Matchup sessions.

The Championship winner received a $20,000 cash prize, scholarship for acceleration in Silicon Valley, along with other in-kind prizes from partners.

Registering to Attend the Conference
When you submit to the Startup Battle your application gets processed by our team to make sure it is complete and meets the eligibility criteria.
Upon approval, you will receive an email titled "Your Startup Battle Submission Has Been Approved!",
which contains a promo-code that looks like this: X3QHHKZLmJ0. The promo-code is valid for one use only.

Go to the registration page and enter the promo-code to receive the discounted Entrepreneur rate for the Conference. Only Startup Battle and Ideathon applicants will be eligible for the Entrepreneur rate.

Startup Battle and Ideathon Finalists pitch on stage at ArabNet Riyadh 2017 on December 12 and are required to be there one day in advance, December 11, for the last round of pitch training at the Conference venue: Kempinski, Riyadh.

Winners will be announced during the closing ceremony on December 13.
For visa-request invitation letters kindly send an email to:

ArabNet Riyadh 2016 Winners:
1st Place: Sihatech - A premier single solution to enhance health care services, access, quality and price to provide more beneficial experience to, patients doctors, hospital, insurances.
2nd Place: Spoilee - A beauty Services Marketplace, linking salons with customers.
3rd Place: Cura - Middle East’s First app that provides online medical consultations easily from your smart phone.

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