Arab Mobile App Challenge
Looking to introduce young Arabs to the concept of entrepreneurship and the path to business start-up, in 2013 Silatech joined with the Applied Innovation Institute to organize the first Arab Mobile App Competition (AMAC).
Over 150 teams from Tunisia, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and the UAE participated in the contest, developing mobile apps to address specific needs in education, healthcare, entrepreneurship or employability, and entertainment. Teams competed for a share of USD 100,000 in prize money. Prize winners included Loujee, the first Arabic-speaking mobile app educational toy for children, Crowd Analyzer, the region's first fully-automated Arabic social media monitoring platform, and Markabaty, which helps car owners troubleshoot problems and find car workshops.
Teams went through an acceleration process, multiple workshops, and had access to experienced mentors to provide coaching and advice in how to turn good ideas into viable businesses. Starting as a pilot challenge in 2013 in only five countries, the intent is to roll the contest out to the entire region in the future.
Other entrepreneurship promotion events organized or sponsored by Silatech include Global Entrepreneurship Week (Qatar and Libya), the Fekrati Award for Entrepreneurship, Palestine StartUp Cup, Deal Makers Weekend, Doha Venture Day, to name a few.