Zain Group/MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab Innovate for Refugees” Global Competition 2016 ($USD80,000 Cash Prize)

Application Deadline: September 1st 2016

  • A Competition for tech-driven solutions that address the most pressing problems of the refugee crisis #CracktheCrisis

Founded in 2005, the MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab 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:

MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab (MITEF Pan Arab) and the Zain Group have launched the “Innovate for Refugees” global competition, supported by the UN High Commissioner For Refugees (UNHCR) and Jusoor, in honour of World Refugee Day. The aim of the competition is to find and reward tech-driven cutting-edge solutions that address the most acute challenges faced by refugees.

By participating in the IFR Competition, entrepreneurs will benefit on several levels: social reward by helping to alleviate the burden faced by refugees, financial reward through the prizes being offered, regional and international exposure through the media coverage that the IFR competition will be generating as well as credibility to their project if it becomes recognised by MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab, a reputable brand name in the region and beyond.

Eligibility Criteria

  • MITEF Pan Arab is opening up the ‘Innovate for Refugees’ competition to participants from around the world and wants to engage and reach out to entrepreneurs, amongst them refugees
  • At least two members per team
  • Core product/service needs to be technology based
  • Core product/service needs to address a refugee problem
  • We strongly encourage teams of refugees or that include refugees to apply.


  • Four prizes of $20,000 each will be awarded to the most innovative solutions that effectively tackle challenges faced by refugees.
  • Of the four prizes, two are offered by the main sponsors Zain and MBC Hope and are open to solutions across categories including healthcare, energy, food, shelter and security.
  • The third is marked for an educational solution and offered by Jusoor,  an NGO established by Syrian expatriates supporting the country’s development.
  • The fourth prize will be crowd funded and awarded to a solution brought forward by a refugee.
  • The MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab Innovate for Refugees crowdfunding campaign launches on the Generosity by Indiegogo platform today.


  • Monday June 20, 2016: Website opens for applications
  • Thursday September 1, 2016: Deadline for applications submission
  • Tuesday September 20, 2016: Announcement of the 10 finalists teams
  • Monday October 3, 2016: Final award ceremony

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab Innovate for Refugees” Competition


  1. […] The MITEF Enterprise Forum Pan Arab Innovate for Refugees Competition (IFR Competition) is designed to attract the best tech-driven solutions addressing the refugee crisis. Launched on World Refugee Day in 2016, the Innovate for Refugees program is an initiative by the MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab to find and reward innovative and tech-driven solutions for life threatening challenges faced by refugees world wide. […]


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.