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FAQ

To be eligible to apply to the competition, your idea/startup should consist of at least 2 team members, knowing that team member profiles are crucial criteria in evaluating an application.

Entrepreneurs from all ages may apply.

No, each team/entrepreneur is allowed one entry.

No, you may only apply through the track most relevant to you. The MITEF Pan Arab team reserves the right to place you in a different track than what you have selected if deemed more suitable.

To be eligible to apply to the Startups Track, the startup has to have sales and a database of user traction.

If your startup is not registered in an Arab country but operates in one, then you can still apply.

Our judges are requested to sign a confidentiality clause before reviewing the applications.
Any information provided by the teams will not be shared with any third party without the consent and approval of the concerned team.

MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab does not claim any proprietary rights over the initiatives, technologies, or ideas that are submitted to the competition. All ideas and technologies are the sole property of the submitters.

The winners of the competition are granted an equity-free prize money, hence the MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab does not have any ownership entitlements to the startup.

You must apply through our website https://www.mitarabcompetition.com/

  1. Create an account or log in if you already have one
  2. Select the language in which you wish to apply with
  3. Select the track
  4. Fill out the application form
  5. Submit the application before the deadline

Note that you may save your application answers without submitting.

A total of around 70 teams get selected from the 3 tracks - Startups, Ideas and Social Enterprises.

MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab announces the names of the selected semifinalists on the competition’s website and social media channels.
On the day of the announcement, all teams (selected and non selected) will be notified by email about the result.

Selected semifinalist teams will participate in a 2-day boot camp designed by MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab. Almost 1 month from the boot camp training, all semifinalist teams will compete during the final event where they will pitch to judges from different professional backgrounds.
Teams will also be provided with 2 mentorship activities where they get the chance to network with professionals and investors.

The boot camp is an intensive 2-day training designed to bootstrap teams for the final judging rounds. Participation is mandatory for at least 1 member from the founding (or management) team of the startup.

MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab will cover the travel expenses for up to 2 members per semifinalist team. The travel expenses covered include flight tickets, accommodation, and transportation from/to the boot camp venue (if needed).
MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab does not guarantee to help with the Visas.

During the final event, all semifinalists will pitch to the Round 2 judges. Each Track has a different panel of judges. The judges will then select 30 finalists.
The 30 finalist teams will pitch to the Round 3 judges, who will then choose 9 winners: 3 from each track.
Participation is mandatory for at least 1 member from the founding team of the startup who attends the boot camp.

Participants are expected to pay for their own flight tickets. MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab will cover accommodation and ground transportation (to/from hotel/event venue) expenses for up to two members per team. Other team members attending the event can benefit from our special rates.

Yes, they can. However, MITEF Pan Arab only covers expenses for up to 2 members per team.
The trainings and final event are mandatory: at least one team member from the founding team must attend.

If your team qualified for the semifinals, the team will have to wait for another 2 editions before applying again.

If a participating team does not respect the rules of the competition, and is not being responsive with the MITEF Pan Arab team over a period of time, or if a team member is behaving in an unprofessional and disturbing manner, the MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab reserves the right to disqualify the team from the competition without prior notice.