Arab Rally for Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Final in Dubai Expo 2020

The Rally Competition was established in 2016 by the Arab Academy’s Entrepreneurship Center (The Arab League educational organization) for the purpose of impacting youth, entrepreneurs, and startups, not only in Egypt the Arab league headquarters but also to the Arab youth and the entire world.
In 2019 UAC and UNIDO ITPO AICEI Bahrain took the initiative to enhance the ecosystem towards promoting domestic investment boosting Entrepreneurship and Innovation with the goal of leveraging foreign direct investment through various stakeholders namely national Chambers in the Arab Region.
In this context, a partnership was developed between UAC, UNIDO ITPO ACIEI Bahrain and the Arab Academy (The Arab League educational organization) to organize the Arab Entrepreneurship and Innovation Rally This is where a great impact started, thousands of applicants applied for the Arab Rally competition, several match making and business development opportunities, and hundreds of thousands of dollars were granted to many young entrepreneurs from several countries from the Arab region, and what’s most importantly great exposure and showcasing to their startups in the Rally Finale in Bahrain (November 2019 during the World Entrepreneurs investment Forum and 18 th Arab Businessmen and Investors Conference.
The aim of the competition is to provide guidance, mentorship and investment opportunities to individuals and teams who are eager to follow their dreams and kick-off their business.

2019 Competition Winners

  • The first Arab Rally was held in November 2019 on a regional scale.
  • We have experienced a booming expansion where over 18 Arab countries participated, and it has became the largest entrepreneurship competition in the Arab region, with over 750 registered startup ideas.
  • The final round of the competition was held during the World Entrepreneurs Investment Forum, and the 18th Arab Businessmen and Investors Conference in Bahrain.
  • The top 3 ideas of the 18 finalists received awards with total cash prizes of $85,000.
  • The startups’ ideas were pitched in front of many attendees from the 18th Arab Businessmen and Investors Conference, and the Union of Arab Chambers; which led to many grants and support opportunities, with additional cash awards of $220,000.
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Participating Ideas

Arab Rally Partners

The AAST Entrepreneurship Center was established by the Arab Academy for Science Technology & Maritime Transport in 2015 with the main focus of empowering the Arab youth to create a sustainable ecosystem in the Arab region & Africa. After a couple of years of continuous support to the academy community and seeing the returned benefit on the students & Egyptian ecosystem, the AAST Entrepreneurship Center started to go beyond the academy and launched several programs for the Arab youth in different staged of the startup maturity level. The center continues to support young entrepreneurs through their journey to become great business leaders.
AAST Entrepreneurship Center
The UAC is considered to be the legitimate representative of the Arab private sector, and its objectives are as follows: Achieving Arab economic integration within a comprehensive, effective and developed framework. Representing all economic sectors on Arab, regional and international levels from the perspective of the Arab Businessmen where they can express their views and aspirations, and support their role in developing and integrating their national economies.
Union of Arab Chambers (UAC)
UNIDO is the specialized agency of the United Nations that promotes industrial development for poverty reduction, inclusive globalization and environmental sustainability. The mission of the UNIDO, as described in the Lima Declaration adopted at the fifteenth session of the UNIDO General Conference in 2013, is to promote and accelerate Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development (ISID) in Member States. The UNIDO ITPO Bahrain was inaugurated on 22nd April 1996. Its mandate is to mobilize resources (finance, technology, know-how and managerial) from Bahrain and the Arab region to developing countries and economies in transition. AICEI established in 2000 in Bahrain.
The Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry is considered one of the leading Chambers of Commerce and Industry in the region. It has kept pace with economic development in Bahrain since its inception. The Chamber has played an effective role in • Enhancing the importance of the role played by the private commercial and industrial sector in the country's development.
Bahrain Chamber Of Commerce
The League of Arab States (LAS) is a regional organization of Arab states. The League’s main purposes are the creation of a closer relations among its members, the promotion of the collaboration among them, the protection of their independence and sovereignty, and the implementation of a common way for the affairs and interests of the Arab countries.
The League of Arab States
شعار الجامعة-01
Community Partner
is a Palestinian, public, non-profit and independent higher education institution. It was established in 1991 in the Gaza City by a presidential decree issued and signed by the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat to be a non-conventional lighthouse in the course of higher education in Palestine
Al Azhar University-Gaza (AUG)
PPU Business Incubator
Community Partner
The Business Incubator is a unit at Center Of Excellence at Palestine Polytechnic University based in Hebron West Bank Palestine and it was launched at the beginning of the year 2010 What started as a technology based physical incubator facility, now offers business services to Palestinian entrepreneurs especially in Hebron who have mature concepts for unique and innovative projects in various fields assessed to have strong market potential.
PPU Business Incubator
Community Partner
Centre MINE is a very active unit established at the Lebanese University in December 2018 with the support of the EU-funded Erasmus+ project RESUME about a Mediterranean Network for Employability. The Centre has proved itself despite the difficult circumstances of Lebanon and of the Lebanese University as a supporting unit for advising, training and capacity building.
MINE Center

Competition Tracks

(TOP TEAM FROM EACH ARAB COUNTRY SHALL BE SELECTED TO COMPETE IN THE FINAL ROUND – 22 TEAMS) A track for startup ideas specialized in modern technology to improve the quality of life, and provide a safer working environment on how robotics, ROVs, programming applications, AI , AR, VR, and smart technology can play a positive role in

Benefits of The Competition

Pre-Incubation program

The selected teams will participate in a virtual Pre-Incubation boot camp to validate their Business Plans and pitching skills.

Media exposure

Branding and promotional support through our events and network.

One to one mentoring sessions

A chance to Choose your expert mentor to help you to run your startup.

Final in Dubai Expo 2020

Advanced Boot camp

One selected team from each of the 22 countries participating in the Technology Track will be sponsored (ticket and accommodation) to attend the boot camp.

Become a Leader

in your field by sharing your knowledge and strengthening the voice of your country’s creative ecosystem and solve your problems with creativity.

Be The Next Champion of Arab Countries

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Competition Deadline
31 January 2022
Deadline to apply in the competition in all Arab countries
End of February
Top team from each country will be selected to compete in the final round in Dubai Expo
Virtual Pre-Incubation Bootcamp
Mid of February to Mid of March
Training and mentoring for finalists to improve their business and prototype
Final Round and Awarding Ceremony
End of March
1 team member from each team will be provided with accommodation and transportation to present his startup during the Dubai Expo in front of the judging panel and investors.

Final Competition in Dubai Expo

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