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Middle East Startup Awards Regional Finale

Take a look at how it went at Middle East Startup Awards 2022-23! This annual event honored the trailblazers, disruptors, and visionaries shaping the entrepreneurial landscape in the Middle East.

Date: January 17th – 18th 2024

Location: American University of Ras Al Khaimah

General Information

The Middle East Startup Awards Recognized And Applauded The Exceptional Achievements Of Innovation & Tech Startups And Entrepreneurs From United Arab Emirates, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Lebanon & Jordan. This Event Brought Together The Brightest Minds, Investors, And Industry Leaders For An Unforgettable Celebration Of Innovation And Entrepreneurship.

What Was Part Of The Event?

  • Award Ceremonies: Participants were able to witness the recognition of outstanding startups and entrepreneurs who have demonstrated remarkable innovation and success.
  • Networking Opportunities: Participants had the chance to network with industry leaders, investors, and fellow entrepreneurs to expand their network and explore potential collaborations.
  • Keynote Speeches & Panel Discussions: Gaining insights from thought leaders who are pioneers in their respective fields, shared valuable knowledge and experiences.
  • Exhibition of Innovation: Explored groundbreaking technologies and solutions showcased by startups at the forefront of innovation.
  • Youth Innovation Challenge: Young minds showcased their innovative projects to a distinguished panel.

  • Entrepreneurs and Startup Founders
  • Investors and Venture Capitalists
  • Business Professionals and Innovators
  • Industry Enthusiasts and Supporters of Entrepreneurship

This is your chance to immerse yourself in the vibrant startup ecosystem of the Middle East, celebrate innovation, and forge meaningful connections that can propel your business forward.

Don’t miss this opportunity to be a part of an inspiring cohort celebrating the spirit of entrepreneurship in the Middle East!

Secure your spot now and join us for an unforgettable evening at the Middle East Startup Awards 2022-23!

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Regional Winners 2023


Startup Of The Year

Saudi Arabia

Reachware is a leading integration platform in the region that allows systems and data to connect and flow seamlessly.


Best Newcomer 2023


A data driven machine learning platform for food and beverage goods to predict products distrubition at custommer level.

Altaf AlThekair

Founder of the Year 2023


Founder of Circle which is a marketplace app revolutionizing fast grocery shopping in Kuwait.

Hamid Alibeiki

Ecosystem Hero of the Year 2023


Successful track record of management of full investment-cycle, team building and external stakeholder management. Furthermore, a jury committee member and startup mentor in more than 150 events and a qualified Global Mentor by G20.

Pioneer Investors International

Best VC 2023


A Venture Capital which is screening different industries and seeking opportunities for investment with a concentration on subjects like IT/ICT, Health and Lifestyle.


Best Coworking Space 2023


AstroLabs thrives on being MENA’s trusted partner in solving innovation challenges, building self-sustaining ecosystems, and accelerating the growth of the digital economy by driving impactful large-scale programs

Misk Foundation Entrepreneurship Track

Best Accelerator/Incubator Program 2023


Misk Foundation Entrepreneurship Track aim to empower entrepreneurs to build impactful and ambitious companies by establishing an incubating environment that adopts, nourishes, and accelerates creative ideas through diverse initiatives and programs that will create opportunities for entrepreneurs to build a better future.

Seham Yateem

Diversity Role Model of the Year 2023


Seham Yateem is a multidisciplinary Bahraini creative, with a passion for developing sustainable communities through innovation.

ION Microsystems

Best GreenTech 2023


ION’s vision is to build EV charging networks that capitalize on and catalyze the shift from combustion-powered kilometers to electric kilometers by placing stations where consumers live, work, shop and play.

DUDI Sports Technologies

Best HealthTech 2023


Connecting sports enthusiasts via cutting-edge technology and uplifting lifestyles through unprecedented social sports experiences.


Best Web3.0 / AI Startup 2023


PaybyBit is seamlessly integrated and user-friendly, enabling easy and fast transactions without the need for prior cryptocurrency knowledge

Al Zarooni Emirates Investments (ZEI)

Best Family Office


Al Zarooni Emirates Investments (ZEI) is the UAE holding company managing Al Zarooni family assets in private equity, public equity, investments funds and Real Estate.


People's Choice


PaybyBit is seamlessly integrated and user-friendly, enabling easy and fast transactions without the need for prior cryptocurrency knowledge


Middle East Startup Awards, focuses on celebrating the spirit of entrepreneurship and promote bridging boundaries using innovation in our regions comprising of Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates by appreciating them with our most coveted awards program which will be attended by the top notch entrepreneurs, corporates, investors and ecosystem builders from Nordic, Central Europe, EuroAsia, SAARC and ASEAN.

United Arab Emirates

Saudi Arabia








Startup of the Year


A startup that inspires the next generation of founders while positively impacting the economy and the world in general. It is a product and/or service which is already a success on the market, disrupting its industry with an innovative approach.

Criteria: The startup must be maximum 5 years of age (calculated from establishment date until public nominations open).

Best Newcomer


A startup up to 2 years of age with the potential to become Startup of the Year in the future. Its product and/or service is already on the market on a path to disrupt its industry and positively impact the economy and the world.

Criteria: The startup must be maximum 2 years of age (calculated from establishment date until public nominations open).

Founder of the Year


A startup founder or co-founder who has shown strong leadership skills and achieved exceptional business results while being an inspiration to their team and a role model for the next generation of founders.

Criteria: The individual must be a founder or co-founder of a startup that is a maximum of 5 years of age (calculated from establishment date until public nominations open).

Best Family Office

Celebrating the Family Offices within the region that are enabling Middle East’s dynamic rise as the region with innovative startups and businesses across various industries.

Criteria:  The VC must be established in the country it is participating in.

VC of the Year


A VC who has created impressive financial results while investing bravely in innovative companies which can positively impact the economy as well as the world, supporting them also with resources other than just financial.

Criteria: The VC must be established in the country it is participating in.

Best Co-working Space


A co-working space that deserves recognition for its services, support, and resources to fast-growth startups, and for creating a culture and environment that fosters innovation and focuses on positively impacting the world.

Criteria: The co-working space must be established in the country it is participating in.

Best Accelerator/Incubator Program


A fixed-term, cohort-based, mentorship-driven program that helps and empowers entrepreneurs to foster the growth of their innovative companies by providing tools, resources, connections, knowledge and expertise.

Criteria: The Accelerator/Incubator Program must be established in the country it is participating in.

Ecosystem Hero of the Year


An individual known by its passion for entrepreneurship and ability as well as willingness to help startups and entrepreneurship grow.

Criteria: The individual must perform their activity in the country that they are participating in.

Best Green Tech Startup

A startup with a good business model that has a green impact on the world with its product and/or service that reduces energy consumption, creates renewable energy and/or makes process optimization.

Criteria: The startup must be maximum 5 years of age (calcuated from establisment date until public nominations open). The product and/or service needs to fall into one of the following areas; energy saving, renewable energy or resource optimization.

Best HealthTech Startup


A startup that is on the path to disrupt the healthcare industry through the use of technology and by developing new business models improving the lives of patients. The startup’s product and/or service is already showing early traction on the market.

The product and or service has to fall under one or more of these areas: Clinical efficiency, Patient engagement, Medical devices, Digital health, Predictive analytics, New technology solution, Fitness and wellness.

Best WEB 3.0 and AI Startup


A startup with an innovative addition to the global Web 3.0 or AI Scene that incorporates decentralization, blockchain technologies, and token-based economics at the core of its added value, in addition to a commitment to increased data security, scalability, and enhanced privacy.

Criteria: The product and or service needs to contain one of the following technologies: Smart contracts, Blockchain solutions, Crypto wallets, Tokenisation and NFTs, AI / Machine Learning.

Diversity Role Model of the Year


An individual who is known for their outstanding achievements and contribution to the mission of empowering more women and/or members of underrepresented groups to become founders, investors and leaders in their local and/or international startup and innovation ecosystem.

Criteria: The individual leads a specific organization and/or an activity to promote and enable more women and/or members of underrepresented groups to become professionals in the startup and innovation ecosystem.

People's Choice


A company that got the most accumulated votes throughout the regional round.