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Mobile Challenge Africa is partnering with the Arab Mobile Challenge for 2016 and will be hosted by RiseUp Summit in Cairo Egypt 9-11 December. One of the world’s leading entrepreneurship events, hosting east and west, in downtown Cairo.

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The challenge this year will be BIGGER and BETTER by partnering with the MENA chapter, Arab Mobile Challenge, and under the umbrella of ‘Middle East and Africa’ region we will host participants from both regions to increase the exposure to start-ups from both parts of the world.

The challenge focus on two tracks:

One will be ‘investment ready’ growth stage start-ups, therefore qualified start-ups will be invited directly to a regional event to partake in activities involving investors. We will not run country specific events and bootcamps.

The second will be idea entrepreneurs.


Detail Timeline
Open Registrations of applications (both tracks, investment ready and idea) 25 September 2016
Deadline closing registration 25 October 2016
Announcement of qualified startups and idea entrepreneurs 1 November 2016
RiseUp Summit 2016, Downtown Cairo – Egypt 9 – 11 December 2016

How to Register

The Challenge is running two tracks;

1. Investment ready startups

Are you an established registered startup?
Have you proved your concept and generated revenue?
Are you seeking a cash injection to help with your growth?
You have come to the right place.


Please be prepared to submit the following as part of your application:
• A two minute video representation of the concept and functionality.
• A pitch deck that includes your:
1) Business Model
2) marketing strategy
3) operations
4) financials
5) Funds you are raising

2. Idea Entrepreneurs

Are you an aspiring entrepreneur?
Do you have ideas or thoughts on tackling social challenges such as Climate Change? Renewable Energy? Waste Management? Clean Water? Unemployment?
You have come to the right place.


Rules and Judging

• Participants must hold a passport from the Pan-Arab or African Region, and will only be flown from Middle East or Africa to Cairo.
• All members of your team must be over the age of eighteen (18)
• You should have received no previous funding at all to qualify for the idea track.
• Your team should not have received more than One Hundred Thousand US Dollars ($100,000 USD) in seed funding to qualify for the investment ready track.
How will the teams be judged and evaluated?
Judging and marking categories include:
• Problem solved
• Business model
• The market potential
• The marketing plan, financials and revenue forecasts


Selected start-ups representing different countries to be nominated to compete at the Global Mobile Challenge in Barcelona during Mobile World Congress 2017, where they have the opportunity to connect with investors, customers, partners and other. Winners at the Global Challenge will win acceleration week at IE Business School Venture Lab in Madrid, Spain.

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