Launch of Enjazi Competition for Entrepreneurs

Tripoli, Libya - April 7th, 2017
As part of its efforts to hone the skills and abilities of youth, Tatweer Research, in partnership with MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab, launch the first edition of Enjazi Startup Competition in Libya to foster innovation and strengthening the economy in Libya. It is the first competition of its kind to be ever held in Libya and is aimed to support and help innovators implement their projects. The competition opens on April 8th, 2017 and deadline for applications is on June 1st 2017. Finals to be held on December 14th, 2017 and the winners will be awarded a trip to London' Startup Hub.
“We are very pleased to launch the ENJAZI Competition in partnership with MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab as it will boost development and support of entrepreneurs in Libya”, said Dr. Khaled Al Mufti, CEO and GM of Tatweer Research.
This competition, organized by Tatweer Research in partnership with MIT Enterprise Forum – Pan Arab, aims to support entrepreneurs and help them tackle challenges they might face while implementing their projects, thus ensuring that these projects are feasible, able to develop, and socially responsible. This competition targets youth aspiring to start their technology projects which support the knowledge economy, now considered a main pillar of other economies.
The Competition will be launched in Libya on April 8, 2017, and will select from all submitted projects through its website, the top 30 projects. Submission deadline is on June 1, 2017 and will be followed by a round of pitching before a jury selects the best projects.
Following the final round, Tatweer will offer high-quality training to qualifying teams in Libya and abroad provided by a group of experts and specialists in the field. After the training phase, the winners will be hosted by an entrepreneurship development incubator to be established by end of this year. "It's about time to start watching out for the entrepreneurs of Libya, and now is their chance to show the Arab World their talents. The MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab is proud to be the first to partner with Tatweer Research on launching the Enjazi competition. We have supported the Arab youth and their entrepreneurial ideas for the past 10 years, and we have full confidence in the entrepreneurs of Libya and their ability to develop creative ideas." said Hala Fadel, MIT EF – Pan Arab Chairwoman and founding member.

Enjazi launches in Benghazi

Short Video of the launch of Enjazi which took place at the Radisson Blu hotel, Wednesday 12th April 2017

The finalist teams will participate in a two-week intensive training program held in Lebanon attended by experts and entrepreneurs who will provide support and guidance to Libyan teams. Furthermore, the teams will take part of the Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) held in Beirut.
The final ceremony of the first edition of ENJAZI will be held in Beirut and attended by all qualifying teams, in addition to trainers and partners involved in all phases of the competition. The winning teams will be announced during the event on December 15.
Competition Timeline 8 April 2017 Website opens for applications submission
1 June 2017
Deadline for submitting online applications 6 June 2017 Grading starts
13 July 2017
Deliberations to select Semi-Finalist teams 17 July 2017 Semi-Finalists are announced
1 August 2017
Training in Libya 3 September 2017 Announcement of the Finalist Teams
4 September 2017
Finalist Teams coaching starts 9 November 2017 Intensive Training for Finalist Teams (Beirut – Lebanon)
15 December 2017
Final Pitching Round, Final Ceremony and Announcement of Winners (Beirut – Lebanon)
Eligibility Criteria:
• To be between 18 and 40 years of age
• The team should include at least two members (at least one member should be a Libyan national).
• The idea may be a product or service. The idea can be relevant to any field, but preferably in the field of technology.

About Tatweer Research

At Tatweer Research our mission is to foster a new Knowledge Economy outside of the Libyan oil & gas industry. We are doing this by nurturing the brightest young minds in Libya; incubating the ideas of ambitious homegrown entrepreneurs; and attracting international investments that can help us lead the way in fields such as renewable energy, climate change, healthcare and financial services.

About MIT Enterprise Forum – Pan Arab

Founded in 2005, the MIT Enterprise Forum of the Pan Arab Region is one of the 28 worldwide chapters of the MIT Enterprise Forum Global, an avid promoter of entrepreneurship and innovation worldwide. The MIT Enterprise Forum- Pan Arab has a proven record in promoting MIT-style entrepreneurship by organizing each year the MIT Enterprise Forum Arab Startup Competition targeting 21 countries of the Arab region and receives more than 8 thousand applications every year. The MIT Enterprise Forum Arab Startup Competition has helped in creating more than 300 startups and 2000 job opportunities and contributed in providing 685 thousand dollars and more in seed funding.
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