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6 Startup Opportunities Not to Miss This Summer in the Middle East

From the region's first EdTech VC, to Jordan's gaming summit, to Startup Weekend Beirut, here's some of the coolest chances to get started this season.

Inching closer to the delirious month of August, the MENA region is already on fire. But the heat is not getting in the way of the startup landscape; from seminars to workshops all across the MENA region, we bring you six opportunities you need to check out this summer:

EdVentures is gearing up to get new startups / Deadline: July 23rd

EdVentures is an opportunity that provides a bridge that gets you to kickstart startups working in the fields of education and culture. Equipping educational and culture startups with the technical know-how, resources, trainings, and the investment they need to further grow and expand in the market, EdVentures wants to add to your arsenal. This is their second cycle, and yet their first cycle saw the inception of startups like Entreprenelle and Greenish. You are required to have a prebuilt product to be eligible for the programme.

Click here to apply. 

TechUp is looking for “Geeks’ to exchange knowledge / Deadline: July 24th

This particular opportunity is a software wonderland. Providing a series of meetups and gatherings, Instabug's first TechUp is where the best backend developers come to exchange knowledge, connect and mingle with brilliant talents, share experiences and know more expert details about the latest trends in software development. This is where you belong if you are interested in the software scene, and if you are eager to grow and evolve  as a developer.

Click here to register. 

Game developers, prepare yourselves for the Jordan Gaming Summit / Deadline: July 30th

This is a chance to compete and show off your game developing skills at this year’s Jordan Gaming Summit. Keep in mind that in order to qualify to summit, your games must have been realized after May 2017. The International Mobile Gaming Awards will be celebrating the winning mobile games in France! Looking for the top game developers in MENA, this summit proves that our corner of world has a few cards up their sleeves. Supported by mobile game development and publishing company, Maysalward, and mobile network operator Zain.

Click here for more information.

StartAD is on the hunt for seed stage AI and IoT startups / Deadline: August 30th

StartAD’s AI Venture Launchpad, a 10-day accelerator, will be selecting around 15 to 20 startups to participate in the Launchpad’s first cycle. The entire duration of the accelerator is mandatory for the participating teams. This would include series of training and mentorship sessions will take place as part of the programme, along with investor roundtables, pitches, interviews, local customer discovery, validation activities, as well as being trained to develop go-to market strategies.

Click here to apply.

Startup Weekend Beirut is looking for applicants / Deadline: August 31st

Startup Weekend is taking the globe by storm with around 3,000 past events in 150 countries, the beautiful city of Beirut appears to be next on the list. This opportunity gives you a chance to discuss the ups and downs of entrepreneurship. Prepare yourself for a weekend for mingling with some of the most experienced mentors, eager investors, co-founders, sponsors, and passionate entrepreneurs. Learn more about the entrepreneurship scene, how to create a real company. In just 54 hours, you might learn how to build the empire you've always dreamt of. 

Click here to get a ticket.

2018 MEIRA Annual Conference and Awards / Deadline: September 26th

Serving as the largest investor relations event in MENA, the Middle East Investor Relations Association (MEIRA) Annual Conference is taking place in Dubai just as summer sets off to leave the skies for fall. With aims to bridge the participants and stakeholders by educating them as to the importance of transparency, Investor Relations and corporate governance, as well as providing delegates with a networking platform, and encouraging dialogue around market challenges.

Click here to register. 

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