Afkar.me, in5 to host entrepreneur challenge

September 24, 2014

by SPI Group

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The UAE ‘Olympics for startups’ will be held at in5 on October 11, where a UAE national champion will be chosen. 

Juan Jose De La Torre, VP of Digital at Intigral and founder of Afkar.me.

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.

“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,” said Juan Jose De La Torre, VP of Digital at Intigral and founder of Afkar.me.

Majed Al Suwaidi, Managing Director of Dubai Internet City and Dubai Outsource Zone, said: “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.”

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.

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