MITEF Saudi Startup competition announces winners

The nine top-placing participants have now won the right to participate in the 11th MITEF Pan Arab competition.
Updated 05 March 2018
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MITEF Saudi Startup competition announces winners

MITEF Saudi Arabia, part of the MITEF global network, has announced the winning teams at the finals of the MITEF Saudi Startup competition.
Participants were competing in three tracks — Startup track, Social Enterprise track, and Ideas track. The winners were:
l In the Startup track, the first prize went to Quantum Solutions, with Avokado taking second prize and Ironix third. Quantum Solutions received SR100,000 ($26,666), with second place receiving SR25,000, and third SR15,000.
l Labayh took first prize in the Social Enterprise track, with Aquaponica second and Blooming Bs third. The first prize winners received SR100,000, SR 25,000 for second place, and third place SR 15,000.
l In the Ideas track, first place was awarded to Duleb, with Cucumber second and Qisma third. The first prize winner received SR20,000, with second and third taking SR15,000 and SR10,000 respectively.
The nine top-placing participants have now won the right to participate in the 11th MITEF Pan Arab competition, which will be held in Oman in April, where the best entrepreneurial ideas from across the region will be showcased.
During her welcoming speech, Sarah Ghaleb, senior general manager of education and entrepreneurship initiatives at Community Jameel, expressed her delight at hosting a selection of national and international guests, investors and entrepreneurs at the final event of the MITEF Saudi Arabia. She said this is the third year a new generation of Saudi entrepreneurs have shown their work in the field of ideas, startups and social enterprise.
The Saudi StartSmart conference was also held as part of the finals event, where distinguished speakers such as Princess Banderi Al-Faisal, chief executive officer of King Khalid Foundation, encouraged local entrepreneurs to keep developing successful social and commercial ideas and projects.
The MITEF Saudi Startup competition is staged by MITEF in partnership with Bab Rizq Jameel (a Community Jameel initiative), Zain Saudi Arabia, and Dulani Business Center.
The closing ceremony was held in Riyadh on March 3. The event was attended by Majid bin Abdullah Al-Qasabi, minister of commerce and investment, as well as prominent Saudi and Arab figures, investors, entrepreneurs, and media representatives.


Bupa Arabia makes its mark at Hajj Hackathon

Updated 18 August 2018
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Bupa Arabia makes its mark at Hajj Hackathon

Bupa Arabia for Cooperative Insurance participated as the health care sponsor in the recently concluded Hajj Hackathon in Jeddah. 

The three-day event, which has been declared as the biggest hackathon in the world, was organized by the Saudi Federation for Cybersecurity, Programming and Drones (SAFCSP) and gathered leading developers and programmers to enhance the experience of millions of pilgrims in the Kingdom. 

Bupa Arabia said its strategic partnership in this grand national event is of great significance. Hajj Hackathon brought together thousands of global talents from around the world with a clear objective in line with Saudi Vision 2030. The vision aims at the creation of a vibrant community that enjoys a healthier lifestyle, in addition to increasing the Kingdom’s capacity to welcome more pilgrims so that the holy city can accommodate 6 million Hajj and 30 million Umrah pilgrims by 2030.

Ali Sheneamar, chief business development officer at Bupa Arabia, said: “We are pleased to be part of the Hajj Hackathon in partnership with the Saudi Federation for Cybersecurity, Programming and Drones. We are also keen to support the Kingdom’s drive to motivate Saudi Arabia’s young talents and enrich the Hajj experience using unique innovative solutions. As we look forward to this opportunity, we join hands with the government’s direction for a prosperous pilgrimage journey by setting the foundations for local potential who play a pivotal role in the Kingdom’s current winds of change.”

Bupa Arabia welcomed all participants during the event at its health lounge and ran health checkups involving several medical tests. These included diabetes and blood pressure tests, and diagnostic eye and dental examinations. The company’s staff members were on hand providing valuable guidance and advice on health, diet, and sports, among other topics.

Bupa Arabia also displayed its e-services and digital platforms during the event. Saudi Arabia’s first Hajj Hackathon became the largest ever and entered the Guinness Book of World Records. It brought together 3,000 developers from 50 countries handpicked from among 20,000 applicants.