“Zain” is the digital partner of the MIT Forum for Entrepreneurship … in the Arab world


The MIT Forum for Entrepreneurship in the Arab World launched the 14th digital edition of the MIT Forum competition for Arab startups, inviting Arab entrepreneurs from all sectors to submit applications for participation through the website of the annual competition, the oldest of its kind, in the Middle East and North Africa Specially designed to support Arab innovations.

The competition is organized in partnership with “Community Jameel”, the global charitable organization that runs several initiatives aimed at creating positive change in society and achieving economic sustainability, and in cooperation with the “MIT” Entrepreneurship Forum with Zain as a strategic digital partner.

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For 14 years, the competition has offered cash prizes worth more than $ 1.28 million to winning entrepreneurs, providing them with a platform to present and implement their ideas.

Registration opened on August 29 on the competition’s official website, and will last until December 15, and the organizers will run a series of introductory and promotional tours that introduce entrepreneurs to the competition and help them with their requests. Those interested can register for the next introductory session, which will take place, through the competition’s website, when it is announced.

The MIT Forum Arab Startup Competition has turned into an annual event that is awaited by thousands of young entrepreneurs in the Arab world, who consider it a platform that allows them to present, test and develop their creative ideas. The competition takes place every year under 3 tracks: the Ideas Track, the Startups Track, and the Social Entrepreneurship Track. The competition awards cash prizes totaling $ 160,000, and the teams that qualified for the semi-finals will participate in a series of preparatory activities, which include training courses, mentoring sessions and workshops. In the final stages of the competition, the jury will select 9 final winners (3 teams for Each track).

Maya Rahal, Executive Director of the MIT Forum for Entrepreneurship in the Arab World, said, “We are pleased to organize the 14th edition of the MIT Forum competition as an integrated digital program, specifically designed to attract innovators from around the world. We invite entrepreneurs who have built their companies to develop their societies to progress and benefit from training and opportunities. Available, our being one of the organizations supporting the environment incubating entrepreneurship. ”

“We are convinced that the partnership with Community Jameel and Zain will help us raise awareness about the need for sustainable innovation and entrepreneurship in the fields of environment, society and governance (ESG),” she added.

She pointed out that the MIT Forum competition for Arab startups has had a significant impact on local economies, which is being discovered more every day, as it appears that the Arab region has all the ingredients and potentials for growth, indicating that today is the time when we seize the opportunity to rise and face challenges .

Malek Hammoud, CEO of Investment and Digital Services at Zain Group, said, “We have supported this competition since 2015, because we believe that today’s innovators are the owners of the ideas of change in the future, and we look forward to encouraging opportunities that enhance the power of innovation and contribute to the introduction of entrepreneurs We are able to create a better place. ”

Hammoud added, “Moreover, supporting such events that attract digital ideas and innovations is in line with Zain’s hopes and aspirations to become the digital lifestyle operator in the Middle East and African markets.”

In a related context, Head of Community Jameel International Initiatives Fadi Muhammad Jameel said, “We continue our efforts to support the entrepreneurial environment in the Arab world, and we seek to provide more assistance to entrepreneurs in the region to overcome the current circumstances.”

He added, “We believe that the 14th edition of the MIT Forum competition for Arab startups, which will be organized in exceptional circumstances imposed by the global health crisis, will be similar to previous sessions that provided an important gain for all participants, and we invite every entrepreneur in the Arab world to discover his capabilities through This platform is to help him provide added value to Arab societies. The 14th edition of the MIT Forum competition for Arab startups will culminate in a virtual conference and award ceremony organized in March 2021, where the winners will be announced in an official award ceremony.

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