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Tunisian Startups: TechCrunch Startup Battlefield lands in the MENA region !

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TechCrunch just announced its first-ever Startup Battlefield MENA taking place in Beirut, Lebanon on October 3rd, 2018. This brings along the opportunity to startups from the MENA (Middle-East and North Africa) region countries to compete for a grand prize of US 25.000$ in no-equity cash and a trip for two to compete in the Startup Battlefield at TechCrunch Disrupt event in 2019.

 

About TechCrunch’s Startup Battlefield 

Operating since 2007, TechCrunch’s Startup Battlefield is the world’s preeminent startup competition; featuring 15-30 top early stage startups pitching to top judges in front of a vast live audience, present in person and online.

Regional Startup Battlefields take place all around the world putting together prominent startups. Winners not only take away valuable prize money but also get a ticket to compete in the Startup Battlefield at TechCrunch Disrupt for the grand prize and enjoy the immense press, investor and partner attention.

The Startup Battlefield alumni community comprises almost 765 companies that have raised more than 8$ billion US Dollars and produced over 105 successful exists and IPOs (Initial Public Offering) as of December 2017.

Companies that launched on Startup Battlefield stage include Vurb, Trello, Mint, Dropbox, Yammer, Tripit, and a lot more. You can check out TechCrunch’s complete details of past Battlefields and participants on the Battlefield Leaderboard.

TechCrunch Disrupt London 2015. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media.

 

TechCrunch Startup Battlefield MENA, sponsored by Facebook

« We’ve wanted to bring TechCrunch to the (MENA) region for along time, and now thanks to our sponsor, Facebook, TechCrunch is bringing the Startup Battlefield competition, to Beirut on October 3rd this year. The day-long event will be hosted in the Beirut Digital District, the heart of Lebanon’s startup scene. » – Samantha Stein, Director of TechCrunch Startup Battlefield.

 

Does my startup qualify to apply ?

Eligibility conditions for pre-Series A startups* wanting to compete are as following:

  • Have an early-stage company in « launch » stage,
  • Be headquartered in one theses eligible countries: Algeria, Armenia, Bahrain, Egypt, Georgia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, UAE, Yemen.
  • Have a fully working product or a beta version that is reasonably close to, or in, production,
  • Have received limited press or publicity to date, and
  • Have no known intellectual property conflicts.
Series A round: A company's first significant round of venture capital financing. 
The name refers to the class of preferred stock sold to investors in exchange for their 
investment.

 

Startup Battlefield MENA competition, the process explained !

The applications’ review process is the very first step of the process. 15 startups will then be selected to vie for the top prize.

The competition begins with three preliminary rounds, five startups per round each having six minutes to pitch and present their demo. The judges have six minutes following each pitch to ask the team questions. Five of the 15 startups will be chosen to move on to the finals and pitch a second time and, from that elite group, the judges will name the winner of the very first TechCrunch Startup Battlefield MENA 2018.

The founders of the winning startup will receive 25.000$ in no-equity cash, plus a trip for two to compete in the Startup Battlefield at TechCrunch’s Distrupt in 2019.

Wingly: Winner of the 2018 Startup Battlefield Europe

 

How to apply ? 

Applications are now open, and founders can apply until July 31. For questions, the contact email is: battlefield@techcrunch.com.

Application link: https://apply.techcrunch.com/ .

 

 

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En quête de la ponctualité de ses vols : Tunisair express lance ses avions «ATR72-600»

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Ce mardi 19 Novembre, le ministre du tourisme René Trabelsi ainsi que le chef du gouvernement Youssef Chahed se sont déplacés jusqu’à l’aéroport de Tunis-Carthage, dans le cadre de la célébration d’une nouvelle aire d’avancée technologique portée par l’économie tunisienne : L’atterrissage du premier avion «ATR72-600» de la compagnie aérienne Tunisair Express, le « Bulla Regia ».

Muni de turbopropulseurs, cette nouvelle perle de l’aéronautique dépeint le summum de l’innovation pour la Tunisie.  Réduire les retards liés aux vols internes, restreindre la consommation de carburant parallèlement à l’émission du CO2, voilà ce que propose initialement Tunisair Express afin de préserver son empreinte écologique.

Tout droit venu de son usine de fabrication à Toulouse, l’«ATR72-600» offre une expérience unique assurant le confort de ses passagers. Entre autres, il y a le système de CabinStream qui donne accès à un large choix de contenus multimédias via les appareils électroniques des passagers.  Tout ceci constitue un nouveau moyen pour le pays de relancer les dés sur le développement du tourisme après les multiples attentats qui lui ont porté préjudice.

D’ici Avril 2020, la filiale accueillera deux autres appareils du même type. Avec un coût total estimé à 150 millions de dinars, cet investissement devrait davantage mettre en exergue la compétitivité et le dynamisme du pays à l’échelle régionale et internationale.

 

Écrit par Selima Zghal.

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