The top MENA competitions for early stage startups include:
● Riseup Summit is the MENA region's largest innovation and entrepreneurship summit, which takes place in the heart of Cairo every year. The summit is a three-day, entrepreneurship marathon featuring a pitch competition, panel speakers and workshops.
● Seedstars World is a Switzerland based startup competition that takes place in emerging markets identifying the best seed-stage startups around the world. Seedstars offer startups pitch trainings and award the winners with an opportunity to compete in the Seedstars Summit where one startup will be awarded as the Seedstars World Global Winner.
● Arab Startup Competition (ASC) is an annual competition lead by the MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab. ASC pits entrepreneurs in three different tracks: Ideas, Startups and Social Entrepreneurship Track. The winning teams are awarded 120,000 USD in equity free fund and are offered a range of support services such as trainings, mentorship, coaching, media exposure and great networking opportunities.
● Smartpreneur is a Dubai based competition initiated by The Dubai Startup Hub. The competition's judges evaluate candidates under three sectors including blockchain, artificial intelligence and digital transformation. Top performing candidates that reach the final round of the competition get access to workshops, sector specific trainings, mentorship and networking opportunities, as well as cash awards for the top three winners.