Posted on March 07, 2015

Bedaya Center for Entrepreneurship and Career Development will be hosting the ambitious Startup MENA regional GCC Pitch Challenge on March 17th and 18th, 2015 in Katara Building 5 (The Art Center). Startup MENA launched the series of intense Pitch Events in the UAE, Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman and Kuwait from February to April 2015to find and boost the best Technology Startups in the GCC.

The GCC pitch challenge isan exclusive series for only the very top TECH startups, ready to raise investments, gain international exposure and receive crucial mentoring and feedback from an exclusive line-up of mentors. Of these, only 10 tech startups will be selected for this program. Out of 10 pitching startups in each country, 2 finalists will be selected to pitch in the Grand Final hosted at Flat6Labs Abu Dhabi on April 29th,2015. Featuring the 12 most exciting and innovative startups from the region, 12 entrepreneurs will present their bullet-proof pitch in front of international investors and VIP guests and the winner will receive a €20,000 cash prize.

Yasmeen Hasan, Entrepreneurship Manager at Bedaya, said: “We are also excited to announce that all startups that make it into the semi-final Pitch Challenge will have the possibility of being selected for a fast-track application to one of the successful Startup bootcamp Accelerator programs in Europe, Asia and US in 2015.” Registration for the GCC startup Challenge in Qatar ends March 12. To apply, tech startups should visit Applications for the GCC Startup at

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Bedaya Center and Startup MENA will also be hosting a one day workshop for students who want to learn about how to become an entrepreneur on March 19th, 2015 at Katara Building 15, given by Mr Jordan Schlipf, an experienced and widely popular entrepreneurship mentor. Through the day the students will get hand-on tools and knowledge to how to start their own business. This workshop is free but with limited spaces. Entrepreneurs have to register for the event by following the link:

StartupMENA aims to help develop infrastructure to create self-sustaining ecosystems that foster innovation and growth in the MENA region. StartupMENA is funded by the Danish Foreign Ministry and the Confederation of Danish Industries and was created by VentureScout, a leading international consultancy sourcing start-ups and innovations to corporates. To date StartupMENA has a database of 2000+ international mentors and investors and a scout network that reaches 40 ecosystems.