Afkar.me and in5 announced today that they will be co-hosting the UAE edition of 'Get

 

Afkar.me and in5 announced today that they will be co-hosting the UAE edition of ‘Get in the Ring’, part of the Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship (ECE) competition. The UAE ‘Olympics for startups’ will be held at in5 on October 11th, where a UAE national champion will be chosen. The UAE champion will battle against other promising startups and its entrepreneur from across the region in the regional final in Riyadh, ultimately winning the opportunity to pitch for an investment of up to €1,000,000 in the global final in Rotterdam.

Afkar.me, the region’s first full spectrum digital oriented product incubator run by Intigral, and in5, a Dubai-based innovation hub which supports start-up ICT and digital media entrepreneurs, are hosting the ‘Get in the Ring’ competition as part of their commitment to support the growth of MENA’s startup ecosystem and promoting Dubai as the region’s start-up hub.

“A million Euros and international visibility is going to dramatically transform anybody’s business,” said JJ De La Torre, VP of Digital at Intigral and founder of Afkar.me, “We have seen that it can be difficult for successful startups in the Middle East to gain access to international angel investment, by partnering with in5 and bringing this highly-acclaimed worldwide startup platform to the UAE, we are giving a home grown startup the opportunity to compete on the global stage.”

Majed Al Suwaidi, Managing Director of Dubai Internet City and Dubai Outsource Zone, said: “At in5, we support ICT and Digital media start-ups from idea creation, to implementation and right through to the commercial launch, and this joint initiative with Intigral is very much aligned with our business incubation goals. The availability of the right framework of mentorship, funds, and expert support form the most vital elements for success of a start-up. ‘Get in the Ring’ addresses all these points and provides a comprehensive platform to transform a good business model into a great business model. It is a great opportunity for talented entrepreneurs to showcase their skills and take their businesses to the next level.”

Competition rules state that the companies eligible to take part must be less than five years old, leaving applications open for those businesses which may already be on the path to success, but believe they can play a more significant role in their own market or sector.

The full criteria are:

– Start-up exists no longer than five years
– Entrepreneur is proficient in English language
– Start-up is seeking an investment of up to EUR 1,000,000
– Scalable and innovative business idea and or model
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Three steps to success:
– Fill in the application on www.GITR.co/MiddleEast by the 5th of October.
– If pre-selected, you will be invited to pitch in front of an expert judging panel in the UAE GITR Startup Clash on the 11th of October. One national champion will be funded* to attend the regional finals (competing with eight teams from the wider Middle East) in Riyadh.
– Regional final will take place in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on 5th November. The regional winner will receive USD 5,000 which includes an all-expenses paid trip to international finals in Rotterdam, The Netherlands on the 21st of November

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