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.


Huawei hosts annual Middle East Partner Summit

Updated 24 May 2018
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Huawei hosts annual Middle East Partner Summit

Global ICT solutions provider Huawei recently hosted its annual Middle East Partner Summit in Dubai. Taking place under the theme “Leading New ICT, the Road to a Win-win Ecosystem,” the summit hosted participants from 12 countries across the Middle East. Participants had gathered to form a collaborative platform in order to explore the current requirements for a successful digital transformation and ushering in the artificial intelligence era, exchange ideas, share success stories and best practices, targeted at empowering Huawei’s channel partners in order to increase their ability to cater to the region’s increasingly demanding technology innovation needs, and to establish an open and collaborative ecosystem.
The full-day summit highlighted Huawei’s latest partner programs and outlined the company’s strategic plans for digitalization in the Middle East. Huawei’s channel strategy for 2018 centers on the empowerment of its channel partners to deliver the latest ICT solutions to their customers by embracing a collaborative, win-win approach to partners, competitors, and the industry as a whole.
In partnership with GAPP, a diamond sponsor of the summit, Huawei launched their GTM (“Go To Market”) Strategy, which focuses on catering to Middle East market requirements by building an enhanced service portfolio with GAPP serving as systems integrators.
“We see our long-term enterprise strategy in the region centered around building an ecosystem through which Huawei can help our Middle East channel partners meet their customers’ needs with enhanced connectivity and improved user experience, across different domains,” said Alaa El-Shimy, vice president and managing director, Huawei Enterprise Middle East. “Huawei advocates openness, collaboration, and shared success. Through joint innovation with our customers, partners, and peers, we are increasing the value of ICT in support of a more robust and mutually beneficial industry ecosystem. Our goal is a win-win situation for everyone, and we are dedicated to working together to establish mainstream standards and lay the foundations for this shared success.”
Bander Alfreih, chairman and CEO of GAPP, said: “Integrated, collaborative partnerships like the one we have announced with Huawei are exactly what we need to move the region forward on the path to digital transformation. We are incredibly excited to get to work on building this infrastructure together, and to see how quickly it will produce tangible results for the ecosystem at large, as well as the individual end customer. This will be how we define our success.”