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Seedstars World startup competition

Seedstars World is an exclusive startup competition in emerging markets. Only high quality startups can receive an invitation and are chosen following a strict selection process. The winner is crowned with the prestigious denomination Seedstars World Best Startup.

To apply for the competition in Dubai, please follow the link:

Invitation code for Dubai is: ssw-dubai

Startup criteria

* Maximum 2 years from founding date

* Minimum 0.5 mln USD funding

* Minimum valuable product (MVP)


10.00am - 10:45am  Registration, Morning Coffee

10.45am - 11:00am   Introduction, motivational speaker's speech

11.00am - 13:00pm   First 10 teams' pitching

13:00pm - 14:15pm   Lunch and networking

14.15pm - 14.30pm   Second speaker

14.30pm - 16:30pm  Second 10 teams' pitching

16:30pm - 17.30pm   Jury deliberation / Audience networking

17.30pm - 18.00pm  Winning teams announcement, prizes, interviews

Each presenter will be given 6 minutes pitch + 4 min Q&A


1st place winner will get a ticket to Geneva, Switzerland for the bigger competition which will be in February 2015. 

2nd prize - More @The Cribb membership valid for 2 months worth AED 2,498

3rd prize - Grab @The Cribb membership valid for 2 months worth AED 1,398.

Mentors & Judges

Tarek Amin

Tarek Amin is a successful serial entrepreneur and Angel Investor who founded the first online recruitment and career development portal in the MENA region now ( in 1999, acquired by OT Ventures.  Amongst his ventures Tarek establishing Connect Ads the first regional Digital Media House bringing the likes of MSN Messenger and Hotmail to the Digital ad space. 

With a passion in creating and nurturing a vibrant ecosystem for entrepreneurship, Tarek has served as a mentor, advisor, speaker & judge in numerous events and networks including Seedstartup, startupweekend, Turn8 Accelerator and the AUC School of Business Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program amongst others, and continues to mentor startups and entrepreneurs from various parts of the world.

Currently, Tarek is Group Head of Digital in Adline Media Network one of the biggest independent media-marketing networks with strong local operations in all major Arab markets.

Mohammed Hamdy

Investor and Mentor at TURN8

Mohamed Hamdy was the investment and business development director for a family Office in Abu Dhabi for 7 years, primarily managing a private equity portfolio and sourcing investment opportunities in diverse industries. He also founded and was the General Manager of Tadawul, a stock brokerage company.  Following the start up space closely, his interest now is getting involved in venture capital in the region. Mohamed is an investor in the FundersClub based out of San Franciso, and Corvus Energy, a lithium battery company based out of Vancouver that focuses on building energy storage systems.

Startup Scout at Seedstars World - Nellie Horn

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  • Sachin A.

    Whats the criteria to attend the event . Thanks

    May 1, 2014

  • Vinod M.

    Look forward to the buzz

    April 30, 2014

  • Jason G.

    How much is.... Minimum USD 0.5 USD funding? is that fifty cents or more :)

    1 · March 31, 2014

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