London Business School

MENA Startup Competition 2023

LBS venture competition in the MENA region. Raise money and gain exposure in front of a prestigious panel.

What is the competition about?

Prominent LBS Startup competition in the MENA region, supported by the Institute of Entrepreneurship and Private Capital (IEPC). Anticipated to become one of the most reputed startup competitions, this second edition will connect aspiring entrepreneurs with VCs and investors in the region.

  • Have an idea, a team, and an MVP with some initial traction?
  • Struggling to find an audience of VCs? Maybe your pitching needs some polishing?
  • Need a monetary boost with sizeable cash prizes?
  • Need some powerful free media exposure?


  • Significant Cash Prizes
  • Matchmaking with the most prominent regional investors
  • High media exposure (i.e., IEPC, LBS Websites, Media, Podcasts, Earned Media)
  • Mentoring by leading industry experts
  • And much more…

Who Can Participate?

  • All Entrepreneur founders based and/or operating in the MENA region
  • Possess a solid MVP and/or completed a Pre-seed or Seed Round
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Key Dates

May 1 – July 28

Call for Applicants


2-month mentorship for selected semi-finalists (25 startups)

September 14

Semi-Final Pitch (virtual)

October 19

Final Pitch Competition in Dubai (in presence of top investors and LBS Faculty)


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