About Entrepreneurship Rally


The Arab Entrepreneurship Rally is a competition organized by the AAST Center of Entrepreneurship and powered by the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport for youth who wants to start their own business.

The Arab Rally Competition was initiated in 2019 by the AAST Center of Entrepreneurship with the aim to provide guidance, mentorship and investment opportunities to individuals and teams who are eager to follow their dreams and kick-off their business.

The Arab Entrepreneurship Rally provides competition tracks for both university students and startup founders in a wide range of industries focusing on innovation and technology. The competition is a full pre-incubation program that takes participants from the ideation phase to generating the prototype within 6 months. Participants get to discuss their ideas with experts in their field of business and attend various entrepreneurship training events, then they get a chance to pitch their startup ideas to business leaders, investors and members from the entrepreneurship eco-system.

  • The first Arab Entrepreneurship Rally Competition was held in November 2019 on a regional scale.
  • We have experienced a booming expansion where over 18 Arab countries participated, and it has became the largest entrepreneurship competition in the Arab region, with over 750 registered startup ideas.
  • The last round was held by the AAST Entrepreneurship Center in partnership with UNIDO ITPO, the UAC, AICEI, and the Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry; under the patronage of the League of Arab States (LAS).
  • The final round of the competition was held during the World Entrepreneurs Investment Forum, and the 18th Arab Businessmen and Investors Conference in Bahrain.
  • The top 3 ideas of the 18 finalists received awards with total cash prizes of $85,000.
  • The startups’ ideas were pitched in front of many attendees from the 18th Arab Businessmen and Investors Conference, and the Union of Arab Chambers; which led to many grants and support opportunities, with additional cash awards of $220,000.
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    2019 Competition Winners

    Competition Tracks

    Applicants are required to provide startup ideas/prototypes specialized in any of these fields:

    1. Technology Track (Students Only)
      A track for startup ideas specialized in modern technology to improve the quality of life, and provide a safer working environment on how robotics, ROVs, programming applications, AI AR, VR, and smart technology can play a positive role in.

      • Industry 4.1
      • Tourism , trade and heritage
      • Food security and agricultural technologies
      • Green and blue economy
    3. Spin offs Track
    4. University spin-offs: this track is targeting Spin-off companies that are based on a university innovation, research commercialization, or any innovative solution that came out of a university student or faculty and turned into a successful and scalable business.
      Spin offs are companies that transform technological inventions developed from university research that are likely to remain unexploited otherwise.

    Cash Awards

    1st Place


    2nd Place

    3rd Place

    25000 $
    10000 $

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