MITEF Enterprise Forum Pan Arab Innovate for Refugees Competition 2018 (240,000 USD in equity free investments)

Application Deadline: November 2nd 2018

Innovate for Refugees Competition (IFR) is a global competition for the best tech-driven solutions addressing the challenges faced by refugees across the globe. Launched on World Refugee Day in 2016 by the MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab, the competition awarded 12 solutions with over 240,000 USD in equity free investments. The third edition of Innovate for Refugees launches August 2018.

Founded in 2005 and affiliated with the prestigious MIT University, the MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab is a not for profit avid promoter of entrepreneurship and innovation worldwide. With offices in Beirut and Dubai, our mission is to develop and nurture a culture of entrepreneurship across the Arab region. The MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab has a proven track record in promoting MIT-style entrepreneurship through its solid platform that was developed over 10 years, enabling it to empower entrepreneurs by providing opportunities for networking, knowledge sharing, showcasing businesses, coaching, and mentoring.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • At least two members per team
  • At least one Arab national on the team
  • Solution is tech-driven
  • Addresses a challenge faced by displaced populations


  • Coaching and Mentorship
  • Regional and International Exposure
  • Networking Opportunities
  • Cash Prizes

Judging Criteria:


A creative technology based solution or business process


A solution easily replicated and implemented regionally and globally


The experience, added value, and relevance of each team member

Financial Sustainability

The ability to maintain the solution financially on the long term


The extent to which the product positively benefits the lives of refugees across the globe


For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the MITEF Enterprise Forum Pan Arab Innovate for Refugees Competition 2018


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