Introducing: The MENA Startup Challenge

Do You Have What It Takes to be Crowned MENA's Top Startup?

We're thrilled to announce Amazon Web Services has teamed up with innovation festival Unbound Bahrain as this year’s Platinum Sponsor. AWS has shown it's committed to delivering cloud services to the region and is helping to pave the way for innovation.


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It's Your Turn to Join the Growth Journey 🚀

What is The MENA Startup Challenge

Sponsored by AWS, Unbound is hosting a MENA wide startup competition, and you’re invited.

Kicking off with four heats in MENA's leading tech hubs, six competitors will go head-to-head pitching their business to an audience and panel of expert judges. The three entrepreneurs who deliver the winning pitch will qualify for the Grand Finale, held at Unbound Bahrain this March 6 & 7.  

How Do I Get Involved?

The regional heats will take place in Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and The UAE. Six entrepreneurs will deliver a three minute pitch followed by a two minute Q&A with the judges.

Three winners from each heat will be invited to showcase their startup at Unbound Bahrain as part of the AWS Pavilion, be awarded delegate passes for their team and pitch in the Grand Finale on the Main Stage.
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It's Heating Up: Apply to Compete in the Regional Heats Today

Are You Final Showdown Material?

The Grand Finale will see all 12 regional qualifiers battling it out live on the Main Stage. The winner will be showered with glory and AWS Credits beyond their wildest dreams. Think you’ve got what it takes? Know an incredible entrepreneur who’ll make a ripple? This is your exclusive opportunity to showcase your business to one of the world's most influential companies - how could you miss out? Apply for your regional heat below and good luck! 


Monday 18 February
Flat6 Labs, Cairo


Wednesday 27 February
StartAD @ NYU Abu Dhabi

Saudi Arabia

Sunday 3 March
Dhahran Techno Valley


Wednesday 6 March
Future Stage, Unbound Bahrain


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