ArabNet, one of the leading events and media company focused on digital businesses and entrepreneurship in the region is coming back to Kuwait with its two-day Conference, next month. The conference that will be held on October 17 & 18 will have three forums; AdTech, Innovation & Investment, and Digital Commerce. Two-day event will be focused on Kuwaiti and Gulf market. It’s the second time for ArabNet to organize a conference in Kuwait. ArabNet Kuwait 2016, company’s first conference in the country was very well received by the startup community there.
This year, ArabNet Kuwait aims to shed light on latest trends and opportunities that have emerged in the country and introduce participants to Kuwait’s most promising startups. The conference will consist of the TechFair, an exhibition area for more than thirty digital companies and rising startups to connect with over 800 delegates. It will also feature a full day of keynotes and panels covering different topics including digital banking, the state of ecommerce in Kuwait, the latest hardware technology and innovations. Kuwait is not as large of a market as Saudi or UAE, but the tech startups in the country have been thriving with some very high profile exits which is not very common in the region.
ArabNet Kuwait is a great opportunity for entrepreneurs not only to connect with investors and industry experts but also to take part in the following competitions at the conference.
Ideathon competition by ArabNet, is for regional entrepreneurs with great ideas. It will help them share their ideas with a crowd of investors, incubators, media and digital professionals. The competition will also serve as an opportunity to connect them witht he latest developments in digital world. The only criteria for submission is that the idea has to be related to web or mobile and it must not be a functional startup. This is a great opportunity for all the entrepreneurs who are still brainstorming and haven’t started building their MVP yet. There are not many opportunities in the region that let you compete only with you idea. The last date to submit your ideas to Ideathon competition is September 17th. You can learn more and apply for Ideathon here.
Startup Battle competition is for the early stage startups of the region. It will showcase the best of early-stage startups to investors, incubators and industry professionals from all over the region.
Eligibility criteria for startups to apply is as follows:
It must be less than 2 years old
It must have less than 30 employees
It must have less than $2M in investment
It must be functional before the deadline of the competition
It must be a web or mobile application
The 10 selected startups will get a chance to deliver a five-minute pitch at the conference. They will also be trained for their pitches a day before the event. A panel of judges will select three winners who will get free air-tickets and accommodation to attend ArabNet Digital Summit 2018 in Dubai. They will get a chance to compete with best regional startups in the Startup Championship at the Summit.
The deadline to apply for competition is September 17. Follow this link to learn more and submit your startup.