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MICE Lebanon


Beirut , Lebanon


Apr 28, 2018

2018-04-28 00:00:00 2018-04-28 00:00:00 Asia/Beirut GET IN THE RING BEIRUT Lebanon Erwin Retel


Get In The Ring Beirut is a selection event for the Global Startup Competition of the Get in the Ring Foundation.
This pitch competition challenges you to show what you’ve got in an actual ring. Through 1-on-1 battles, you will compete for awards, a place in the Global Meetup, and the attention of potential investors and fans.
Get In The Ring Beirut is sponsored by touch.

Why participate?
For every participant, we have great opportunities:

Millions of fans
Connect with potential fans such as investors, corporates, talent and experts involved
Global exposure
Get global exposure and contacts through a network in 100+ countries
Pitch Perfect
Participate in a fun and educating process to perfect your pitch with the support of Speed@BDD
Global Meetup
Win awards and a ticket to the final at the Global Meetup in Portugal in May 2018

Startup Requirements
Can you imagine yourself, standing in the ring, battling head-to-head, and making fans? Do you meet the requirements below? Then you're good to go!

  •  Innovative and scalable business idea/model
  •  Launched less than 8 years ago
  •  Pitch fluently in English

  • “This was a really amazing event, high energy, high impact and the stakes as an entrepreneur pitching have never been higher” - Justin Coetzee, Founder GoMetro 

    Why attend?
    Attendees will get the chance to participate in meet ups and get to know what local tech founders are working on and learn how they are creating a new future for everyone! They will also be able to assist the Champion jury in choosing the final winner who will be traveling to the finals at the Global Meetup to represent Lebanon.


    16:00 - 16:30

    Registration starts at 16:00.

    16:30 - 18:30

    Participate in one-on-one pre-matched speed dating sessions with innovators and investors. Whether you are a tech enthusiast or an investor, check out the participating companies and request the matchups!

    18:45 - 19:30

    Take the opportunity to meet everyone at Get in the Ring before the award shows starts. Get your network ready for the next step!

    19:30 - 21:00

    The highlight of every Get in the Ring event. During the award show, the best startups will battle on the main stage and compete for the attention of potential fans and a ticket to the global final.


    Compete against thousands of startups globally, win awards, get exposure and connect with fans to scale up your business.

    Get in the Ring is cross-industry. We live by the rule that the future is uncertain and innovation comes from areas you can't foresee. Whether you are in robotics, software, agriculture or medtech, for us, it's all good. We do, however, have a preference for startups that are aiming to make a positive impact in this world.

    "I just did one month of working... ... in only one afternoon!" - Marios Chryssolouris, Co-Founder & CEO Fresh Strips 


    Participating in Get in the Ring is not only about winning the competition. We have a great program in store for you:

    24 April (D-5) at Speed@BDD

    Get ready

    Pitch Training

    Practice your pitch together with peers and get feedback from the Speed@BDD team during the training session. 



    During the selection round, you will pitch for a spot on the main stage of the selection event. You will have to pitch in front of an experienced jury and convince them why you should proceed to the next round.

    28 April at SmartEx



    Participate in one-on-one pre-matched speed dating sessions with investors and business leaders and discover business opportunities together.



    The highlight of every Get in the Ring event. During the award show, the best startups will battle on the main stage, show what they’ve got, and compete for the attention of potential fans and a ticket to the global final.

    Jury members

    Dr Nicolas Rouhana

    GM of IM Capital

    Priscilla Elora Sharuk

    Co-founder of MyKi and Startup Pitching coach

    Asma Zein

    GM & Founder at Crypta sal and Angel Investor

    Fadi Bizri

    Partner at BY VP

    Abdallah Jabbour

    Managing Director at Lebanon for Entrepreneurs (LFE)

    Diala Zeinoun

    Corporate Services Team Leader at touch Lebanon

    Matchup Mentors

    Fawzi Rahal

    MD of Flat6Labs Beirut

    Ali Zein

    Founder and CEO of IdeatoLife

    Naila Saba

    MCIM and Senior Marketing Consultant

    Ramy Boujawdeh

    Deputy GM of Berytech

    Elah Abi Saab

    Business Strategy Consultant at Hivos

    Souhail Khoury

    Investment Associate at Berytech Fund II

    Rawad Assaf

    CTO of UK Lebanon Tech Hub

    Previous Global Winners


    Global Winner Get in the Ring ’12


    Global Winner Get in the Ring ’13


    Global Winner Get in the Ring ’14


    Global Lightweight Winner Get in the Ring ’15/’16


    Global Middleweight Winner Get in the Ring ’15/’16


    Global Heavyweight Winner Get in the Ring ’15/’16


    Global Lightweight Winner Get in the Ring ’16/’17


    Global Middleweight Winner Get in the Ring ’16/’17


    Global Heavyweight Winner Get in the Ring ’16/’17




    About M.I.C.E Lebanon

    M.I.C.E. Lebanon enhances the local exhibition industry through constant innovation and international know-how and provides world-class exhibitions, that meet international standards, influence industry players, create market opportunities, and enhance business relations. Our main aim is to reposition Lebanon as a leading exhibition destination in the Levant, Middle East and North Africa region.

    About SmartEx

    In 2017, M.I.C.E. Lebanon hosted SmartEx, a dedicated exhibition under the patronage of the Ministry of Telecommunications alongside with the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture of Beirut and Mount-Lebanon. The Innovation platform gathered over 5,559 industry professionals under one roof, and featured hundreds of leading brands among various technological fields and industries including Security, MIS, Automation, Retail,and Telecom profiles.

    entrepreneurship PARTNER

    About Speed@BDD

    Speed@BDD is a Beirut-based tech startup accelerator that strives to create an elite community for top-notch startups in Lebanon. It accepts startups at the idea and early stages, and is tasked with producing the region’s next high-growth businesses, particularly in the software, digital, and Web/mobile industries. Speed@BDD is a collaborative effort between Lebanon’s leading investment funds and entrepreneurship support organizations: Middle East Venture Partners (MEVP), Berytech Fund II, IM Capital, Lebanon For Entrepreneurs (LFE), and Bader.

    MAIN Sponsor

    About Touch

    touch is the leading mobile operator in Lebanon, managed by Zain Group, the pioneering mobile and data services operator in the Middle East and Africa. touch has racked up numerous successes following the commencement of management by Zain in 2004, and has been providing cutting-edge services and technology to its consumers since. The operator is guided by a consumer-centric strategy, which has allowed it to gain a 54% market share serving more than 2.3 million customers. touch values the local community; its mission and vision reflect a dedication to humanitarian, social, and cultural causes, which are integral to advancing its social responsibility program.

    Moving forward, touch’s strategy is to become the Digital Network Ambassador (DNA) and hopes for 2018 to not only meet market demands, but also elevate Lebanon as a regional innovator, taking the country to the forefront of telecommunications’ technology. Touch’s digital transformation strategy is rooted in innovation, contributing to a networked society and fostering a strong entrepreneurial ecosystem in Lebanon. Supporting and introducing futuristic concepts touch is innovating in house while also locking down powerful partnerships that allow the unfolding of the digital era.

    touch aspires to offer Lebanese entrepreneurs the tools and support that they need to realize their ambitions and kick-start their very own startups. Touch is continuously pushing for Lebanese talents by partnering with key startup competitions and business accelerators in the country and the region and has opened up its network and business to entrepreneurs. touch recently launched the touch Innovation Program (TIP). Through this program, the company will be hosting six startups and entrepreneurs every six months, providing them with mentoring and access to its network, services and people so that they can test and grow their ideas. To complement all the company’s efforts in supporting the startup ecosystem in the country, touch participated in MIC Ventures, a venture capital fund that will be investing in promising entrepreneurs in Lebanon.

    For all those reasons and more, touch found in Beirut Get In The Ring competition, which is a selection event for the Global Startup Competition, co-located with SmartEx Exhibition, another opportunity to actively show its support to young Lebanese innovators and entrepreneurs participating in this competition.


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