How it works

Application

Submit your application form to have the chance to participate in a first of its kind competition.

Selection

Up to 30 start-ups get selected based on Value Proposition, Innovation, Competitive Advantage, Market Potential and Business Model.

Workshops

The finalists will attend trainings and workshops to prepare them for their presentation where they will demonstrate their innovative ideas.

Winners

The finalists will pitch their ideas on television where they will compete for total cash prizes of $50,000.

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Judges

Nicolas Sehnaoui

Former Minister of Telecommunications
Born in 1967 and married with three kids, Nicolas Sehnaoui served as the Minister of Telecommunications of the Republic of Lebanon between June 2011 and February 2014. He successfully upgraded Lebanon’s telecommunications infrastructure rolling out 3G and 4G, securing redundancy on the international connectivity, and Beirut Digital District to name only a few of his accomplishments. He now chairs the UK Lebanon Tech Hub that aims at creating a corridor between Lebanon and England to allow Lebanese ICT entrepreneurs to access the world supply chain through the London platform.

Hala Fadel

Started Booleo, a telecom software business
Hala Fadel is a managing partner at Leap Ventures. Hala has 20 years of experience in finance and entrepreneurship. She started Booleo, a telecom software business. She is the founder and chair of the MIT Enterprise Forum of the pan-Arab region, an organization that promotes entrepreneurship and organizes the MIT Arab start-up competition since 2006. She graduated from HEC in France with a Masters in Financial Economics and attended the Berkeley Haas School of Business, she holds an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Maroun Chammas

entrepreneur with activities ranging from Oil and gas to telecom
Mr. Chammas holds currently the following positions. He is Chairman and C.E.O of Phoenicia Oil Company, Chammas Trading Contracting and Transport Co. and vice Chairman G.M of Medco. He is chairman and C.E.O of ELFMED Aviation (joint venture between Medco and Total aviation). In addition he is the vice President International Catering and Services. He is also the Chairman and C.E.O of (IDM), Berytech s.c.a.l and Berytech Fund I & II. Mr Chammas was elected President of the Association of Petroleum Importing Companies of Lebanon (APIC).

Walid Hanna

founder and Managing Partner of Middle East Venture Partners (MEVP)
Walid is the founder and Managing Partner of Middle East Venture Partners (MEVP). He has been active in venture capital and in new venture development for the past 18 years. He founded, co-founded, invested in, and led more than 35 investments/companies spanning a range of industries, including technology, consumer finance, and hospitality in Dubai, Amman, Cairo and Beirut. Walid holds a Bachelor’s of Economics from McGill University (Canada), and a Master’s in Finance from Hautes Études Commerciales, H.E.C (France).

Mentors

Fouad Fattal

founder and CEO of Krimston SAL and Distimania
With a Computer & Communication Engineering Degree from St Joseph University in Beirut, Fouad started his career as the project manager of a workflow solution dedicated to advertising agencies at Layout Ltd. His strategic role in the business development sector of the company led to the establishment of a solid distribution network across the Middle East, leading to strong relationships in the region. Fouad then decided to move to the entrepreneurship world and founded his first firm, Distimania SARL in 2009. Fouad is currently the founder and CEO of Krimston SAL, leading the project to success.

Fares Samara

CTO OF SPEED@BDD
Fares Samara is currently the CTO of Speed@BDD, Lebanon’s first ecosystem-backed startup accelerator. Fares is responsible for recruiting and evaluating startups, developing the technical program and mentoring startups over their technical strategy and architecture. Fares has over 10 years of experience in the software and technology space. Prior to Speed@BDD, he worked at CME Offshore and KnowledgeView. Fares holds a Bachelor of Computer Science from the American University of Beirut and a Master’s in Business Administration from the Lebanese American University.

Mohamed Ghalayini

founder of Eduplay SAL and Co-founder of Salamah Health-Home Healthcare
Accomplished finance leader and corporate strategist with extensive record of leading major global initiatives in multinational business settings. These include implementations internal controls, ERP systems, and financial reporting structures. Dynamic team leader, strategist, and planner with a proven talent for revamping unsound financial organizations reflecting a high risk of material misstatements. He is the founder of Eduplay SAL and Co-founder of Salamah Health-Home Healthcare.

Priscilla Elora

Co-Founder of myki
Priscilla is the co-Founder of myki (myki.co), an enterprise identity management solution that eliminates the need for usernames and passwords, and creator of the pitchplease.me initiative that helps entrepreneurs optimize their pitch deck in its visuals, content and delivery. Priscilla believes in sharing with others what she continues to learn on her journey as an entrepreneur.

Sami Abou Saab

CEO of Speed@BDD
He is currently the CEO of Speed@BDD, Lebanon’s first ecosystem-backed startup accelerator. Part of his role has been mentoring startups in Lebanon and the MENA region and helped them grow in their early stages. Prior to Speed@BDD, he worked at Skype and Microsoft Corporation in the US. In Silicon Valley,he started his own company, MobiLock, which aimed at creating a hardware device and mobile application that allows you to unlock your home with your smartphone. Sami holds a Bachelor of Engineering from the American University of Beirut and an MBA from Berkeley-Haas and London Business School.

Walid Mansour

Managing Partner at Middle East Venture Partners
Mr. Walid G. Mansour serves as a Managing Director, Managing Partner, and Member of Board of Directors of Middle East Venture Partners. Mr. Mansour was a Lead Associate at Roland Berger Strategy Consultants within their Middle East team, supporting the implementation and growth in the region with a focus on the telecom and media sectors. Mr. Mansour worked on setting-up entrepreneurship related programs and developing incubation in the Arab World through several Dubai based initiatives such as the Mohammed Bin Rashid Foundation.

Get started now

If you have a solid business idea or you are running a successful startup, apply by July 31st for your chance to take your business to new levels with large cash prizes, best-in-class training, high-impact networking and national exposure.

Timeline & Prizes

Timeline
Launch / Application
July
Workshops
August
Filming
September
Airing
October


Total Prizes: $50,000

About Hyundai

About Century Motor Company

Century Motor Company (CMC) is a leading automotive company in Lebanon and has been the exclusive distributor of Hyundai Passenger and Commercial vehicles since 1993. In 2013, CMC partnered with HMC’s sister company Hyundai Heavy Industries to become the exclusive agent of Hyundai Construction Equipment and Forklifts in Lebanon further diversifying its portfolio of global leading Hyundai products.

Priding itself in providing superior customer service to all its customers, CMC is among the pioneers in After-Sales services and amenities in Lebanon. With 24 hour roadside assistance, home service options, late night services, and keen attention to detail, CMC operates under the notion that the job starts after the sale of a vehicle, not before. Bearing this in mind, CMC teamed up with HMC to take this one step further and build off last year’s incredibly successful Hyundai Start-up Competition. Recognizing the extreme talent and hard work found amongst the Lebanese youth, CMC aims once again to provide a talent haven for those eager, strong-willed, and determined entrepreneurs wishing to propel Lebanon towards the future it very much deserves.

A future where talent is not lost to the rest of the world, but where talent is secured and sustained within our own boarders, providing us all with a bigger and brighter future.

About Hyundai Motor Company

Welcome to our new way of thinking. It's bigger, smarter and driven by the desire to share stylish, high quality and efficient vehicles with everyone. Our slogan embodies the essence of our brand, from its philosophy to its vision and identity.

Hyundai’s brand slogan “NEW THINKING. NEW POSSIBILITIES.” reflects the will of Hyundai Motor Company to create new possibilities to benefit the world and its people by encouraging and developing new thinking. To us, New Thinking means challenging convention and pushing boundaries and New Possibilities means coming up with more forward-thinking ideas and solutions. But whatever we're doing, our responsibilities to our customers, society and the environment remain our priority.

Hyundai Motor Company recognizes the importance and impact that automobiles have on society and mankind. It strives to play a role that extends beyond being a simple car manufacturer to become customers’ lifetime companion. It will build connections with customers by fulfilling its vision to become a “lifetime partner in automobiles and beyond” and participate in working “together for a better future” as a constituent of Hyundai Motor Group.