TechCrunch and Facebook choose Beirut Digital District, Beirut to host their first Startup Battlefield in MENA


In partnership with Facebook, leading tech publisher TechCrunch is bringing its first startup competition for entrepreneurs in the Middle East and North Africa to Beirut Digital District (BDD) on October 3, 2018.

The TechCrunch Startup Battlefield, whose alumni community of 763 companies have raised over $8 billion, will be hosted in the heart of the vibrant startup ecosystem at BDD. The competition brings early stage startups together for a chance to compete and win a $25,000 prize, as well as being exposed to a big global investment community. Two members from the winning startup will additionally get fully sponsored to pitch their idea at the Startup Battlefield in TechCrunch Disrupt 2019 happening in San Francisco.

During the Startup Battlefield, each of the competing teams will get the chance to pitch their startups in front of the TechCrunch community, alongside a massive live audience of the most distinguished technologists, entrepreneurs and investors in Beirut.

TechCrunch will be hosting its first meetup at BDD on July 26 at 5:30 pm to introduce the TechCrunch team and learn more about the Startup Battlefield. Interested entrepreneurs and investors are welcome to register here.

TechCrunch will also be meeting with up to 70 founders and startups in the region to better recruit the most innovative and best technical entrepreneurs in the area. Teams interested in exhibiting at TechCrunch Disrupt can apply here before July 31st, 5pm PST.

Being at the core of an exquisite community of incubators and accelerators, Beirut Digital District, a project by ZRE, is eager to support TechCrunch’s initiative to discover the uprising talents of the entrepreneurs in the MENA region. It is also keen on assisting their vision to help and mentor the future success stories.

The TechCrunch Startup Battlefield will be bringing teams from more than 20 different countries including Lebanon, Jordan, Kuwait, Saudi, UAE, Bahrain, Egypt, Algeria and others.

Startups interested in applying must fulfil the below requirements:

  • Be an early-stage startup in ‘launch’ phase
  • Have headquarters in one of these eligible countries: Algeria, Armenia, Bahrain, Egypt, Georgia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestinian Territories, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, UAE or Yemen
  • Have a fully working product or a functional beta that is ready to launch
  • Have received limited media attention
  • Have no intellectual property conflicts

The TechCrunch team will then select fifteen candidates, who will be coached to improve their pitches and get ready for the Startup Battlefield event.
The TechCrunch Startup Battlefield competition portrays the solid growth and the significant expansion of the ecosystem in Beirut. Following the Lebanon Central Bank’s ‘Circular 331’ initiative to support the local startup economy in 2014, Beirut is growing to become the prime nest for developing startups in the Middle East.

To find out more about the TechCrunch Startup Battlefield MENA 2018, check this link.



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