Connecting the Kingdom
December 10-11 2019

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


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 14

Submitting Your Brilliant Idea!

Step 1
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
Step 2: Fill in the Startup Battle form, which gives more information about your business model and strategy, etc.

Take your time filling in the form and follow the guidelines to ensure a complete submission. Incomplete submissions may not be approved. 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.

Deadline for applications is November 10

Application Closed


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 11.
Winners will get to compete at the Startup Championship and assert their startup among the best in the region.
  • Acceleration scholarship in Silicon Valley
  • In-kind prizes from partners


Startup Battle and Ideathon Finalists pitch on stage at Arabnet Riyadh 2019 on December 10 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 December 11

Arabnet Riyadh 2018 Winners

  • 1st Place:
    UnitX - Platform as a Service for Supercomputing on-demand
  • 2nd Place:
    Homoola - Homoola is a tech-powered transportation solution company, we connect customers who want to ship (shippers) with the service providers who deliver (carriers) by offering them an easy way to connect and complete transactions.
  • 3rd Place:
    Bakala - Bakala is a SaaS business intelligence tool that provides Fast Moving Consumer Goods companies with real-time access to analytics on market shares, distribution, pricing, promotion & much more. FMCGs can accordingly make better & faster business decisions to improve their product, supply chain, distribution & sales.

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