Rise of the Innovation Kingdom
December 12-13 2018

Submit your startup to the Startup Battle competition for a chance to pitch on stage at the Arabnet Riyadh!

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!

Submitting Your Startup

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
  • Startup must be Saudi


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: November 28

Take part in the Startup Battle

Your submission to the Startup Battle competition is a two-phase application:
Step 1
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.

Submit to your local Startup Battle for a chance to compete at the Startup Championship using this link

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

Deadline to submit: November 18
Submit Your Startup



  • 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.



Three winners will be announced during the closing ceremony on December 13.
Winners will get to compete at the Startup Championship and assert their startup among the best in the region.
The Championship winner will receive a $20,000 cash prize, scholarship for acceleration in Silicon Valley, along with other in-kind prizes from partners.
  • $ 20,000
  • Acceleration scholarship in Silicon Valley
  • 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.

On site registration is available at the door during the conference.


Startup Battle and Ideathon Finalists pitch on stage at Arabnet Riyadh 2018 on (Date TBC) and are required to be there one day in advance for the last round of pitch training at the Conference venue.
Winners will be announced during the closing ceremony on.
For visa-request invitation letters kindly send an email to: startupdb@arabnet.me

Arabnet Riyadh 2017 Winners

  • 1st Place:
    Sadeem - The world’s first multi-patented flood and traffic information system with active networks to save lives and money in real time.
  • 2nd Place:
    Labayh - project that helps individuals who are suffering from family and psychology problems by useful free contents and providing a consultations sessions through our mobile app which works as a point of connection between Consultants and Users.

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