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|12 September, 2018

TechCrunch Hosts First Ever Startup Battlefield in MENA

Biggest start up competition in the world will take place in Beirut Digital District in partnership with FBstart

Dubai: The first TechCrunch Startup Battlefield in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), presented by FBstart, will be hosted on October 3rd 2018 in the heart of the vibrant startup ecosystem at Beirut Digital District (BDD).

TechCrunch Startup Battlefield, whose alumni community of 763 companies have raised over $8 billion, will be bringing early stage startups together across the region including Lebanon, Jordan, Kuwait, Saudi, UAE, Bahrain, Egypt, Algeria and others.

The Battlefield will present start-ups the opportunity to compete and win a $25,000 prize, as well as being exposed to a big global investment community. Additionally, two members from the winning startup will receive an all-expenses paid trip to participate in a future TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco.

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Mike Butcher, Editor at Large, TechCrunch said “We are looking forward to bringing TechCrunch Startup Battlefield to Beirut for our first event in the Middle East and North Africa. The startup and tech scene in the region is moving incredibly quickly and we are excited that Startup Battlefield might just find the world’s next unicorns.”

Ari Kesisoglu, Vice President, Middle East, Turkey, and Africa at Facebook said: “As Facebook we recognize the potential of entrepreneurial talent in the region and we want to help them develop their digital skills, so they expand their businesses and create new jobs. When the startup community and small businesses grow our economies, our communities, and all of us benefit. That’s why we are very excited about TechCrunch Startup Battlefield MENA.”

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About TechCrunch

TechCrunch is a leading technology media property, dedicated to obsessively profiling startups, reviewing new internet products, and breaking tech news. Founded in June 2005, TechCrunch now reaches over 16 million unique visitors per month and draws more than 42 million-page views per month. The TechCrunch community includes millions of friends and followers on social media.

About Beirut Digital District

Beirut Digital District (BDD) is a cluster for the digital and creative industries in Lebanon. It is the epicenter of the entrepreneurial and startup ecosystem and hosts four startup accelerators, two venture capital firms and over 100 companies and 1,500 community members. BDD combines value added services and state-of-the-art infrastructure to increase the productivity of BDD’s community and enhance their positive sense of well-being. One of BDD’s key objectives is to strengthen Lebanon as a talent pool and help slow down the talent drain. As such, BDD proactively forms partnerships such as with FbStart and Techcrunch, and design initiatives such as the BDD Academy to support the growth of the ecosystem.

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