MIT Enterprise Forum's Arab Startup Competition

by Annahar Staff

22 March 2019 | 09:36

  • by Annahar Staff
  • Last update: 22 March 2019 | 09:36

Arab Startup Cometition

BEIRUT: On Friday, March 29, MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab will be having the final award ceremony and conference for the 12th Arab Startup Competition in Beirut, Lebanon.

The conference will be held at the Hilton Habtoor Grand Hotel in Sin El Fil, starting at 2 PM.

This year’s edition of the competition is made possible through the collaborative efforts between several of the ecosystem stakeholders: Main Partner Community Jameel, International Partner The World Bank, Strategic Partner Touch, Governmental Partner Investment Development Authority of Lebanon (IDAL), Innovation Partner King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Beirut Digital District, CMA CGM, and Roland Berger.

Ahead of the official kick-off of the conference, this year’s semifinalists will exhibit their projects to the attending public, allowing the entrepreneurs to pitch and present their businesses to a global audience.

The conference will feature three discussion panels, titled: “Role of Governments in Fostering Growth of Digital Economies”, “Building on AI in Education to Prepare Tomorrow’s Workforce”, and “The Role of Fintech in Advancing Digital Economies”. The discussion panels will bring speakers and action leaders from all over the world to share the latest on data, research, and industry trends.

Also, the conference featured two keynote addresses, one by Huma Abidi (Director of Machine Learning/Deep Learning Software Engineering at Intel Corp.) titled “How Deep Learning is Shifting Digital Economies”, and the second by Naguib Sawiris (Executive Chairman of Gemini Holding). Moreover, the conference featured 2 fireside chats.

Moreover, MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab Chair Hala Fadel had a fireside keynote chat with Prof. Charbel Farhat titled ‘Recent Trends in Aeronautics, Astronautics and Drones’. Moreover, MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab will publicly launch its inaugural annual impact report, which aims to look at the impact of Arab Startup Competition on job creation and Arab macroeconomy over the past 12 years. You will be able to get a copy of the Impact Report on MITEF’s blog after the announcement.

Following the conference, the part everyone has been eagerly anticipating for the past few months starts The Award Ceremony. During this part, MIT Enterprise Forum and partners will announce the winners of this year’s competition, who will be benefiting from numerous awards like the cash prize, media exposure, acceleration opportunities, networking, and much more!

Register today to attend the conference and final award ceremony on www.mitarabcompetition.com - for those who cannot make it to Beirut, you can tune in to watch the live stream on MIT Enterprise Forum’s Facebook page (you will also be able to ask your questions to the panelists).

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