Two Days Filled with Opportunities

The Fincluders Startup Challenge will offer the competing startups two intense days of mentoring and getting to know each other (Day 1) and the pitching event itself with the chance to network with the attending registered guests (Day 2).

Day One – 3 May 2017

The Mentoring Day: Learn, Discuss, Exchange

(For the 15 Selected Startup Finalists)

09:00 – 09:30 Registration at ZINC – ZAIN Innovation Campus

Meet and greet between startups and mentors

09:30 – 09:45 Welcome Remarks, find your Mentoring sessions

09:45 – 13:15 Mentoring Sessions 

Mentoring sessions will be held on topics as diverse as fund raising, regulation, KYC, pitching on stage, when not to raise funds, etc. Sessions will be held in an interactive format with industry leaders, experienced investors, successful entrepreneurs, and more

13:15 – 14:15 Lunch Break

Re-energize and get ready for the second part of an intensive day.

14:15 – 15:15 Mentoring Session

A final mentoring session for the day equipping the participants with the essentials for finding partners, investors and customers


15:30 – 16:30 Company Showcases

Listen to the experiences and insights of successful startup entrepreneurs in the MENA Region

16:30 – 20:00 Return to hotel 


20:00 – 22:00 Investor Dinner – Sponsored by Silicon Badia and Dash Ventures

A great opportunity for investors and startups to mix and mingle ahead of the pitching event


The mentoring sessions will be held at ZAIN Innovation Campus – ZINC.

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Day Two – 4 May 2017

Pitch, Meet, Network

(For all Attendees & Registered Guests)

10:45 – 11:30 Registration & Coffee at Columbia Research Center

11:30 – 11:50 Welcome & Opening Remarks

11:50 – 12:10 Key Note

Innovations in fintech and financial inclusion

12:10 – 13:20 Round 1 of Startup Pitches

The first batch of startup participants pitch their business in four minutes and then face questions from the jury

13:20 – 14:20 Lunch

14:20 – 15:30 Round 2 of Startup Pitches
The second batch of startup participants pitch their business in four minutes and then face questions from the jury

15:30 – 15:50 Coffee Break & Networking                                            

15:50 – 16:40 Panel Discussion
Fintech and financial inclusion in the MENA Region

16:40 – 17:00 Announcement of Winners & Award Ceremony

17:00 – 20:00 Dinner & Networking


The second day of the event will be held at Columbia Research Center.

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Please note that the competition event on Day Two can only accommodate a limited number of guests. If you would like to attend please register with us for confirmation.