Competition and Hackathon Finals

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Early Stage Startup Competition
Judges: Mike Butcher, Loic Le Meur, Leila Janah, Ville Miettenen, Sanjay Sabnani

The below are the finalists and the final scores they received from the judges:

Altitude want to start distributing their air quality sensor in the Middle East, the perfect environment.
Altitude’s air quality sensor was first a consumer product, but they hope to take it to oil rigs and big enterprises.

Judges grades: 7, 10, 7, 8, 7.

Early stage startup ChefXChangeCXC from UKLebHub bring you the personal chef experience to your own home. Through ChefXChangeCXC, chefs increase their exposure and their income. Foodies get a hassle-free personal chef experience. They started in 2014 and expanded in 2015 to Dubai and will bring headquarters to Lebanon to increase employment opportunities.

Judges grades: 9, 9, 8, 8, 8

Krimston Two:
Early stage startup Krimston Two are pitching their dual sim and hotspot add-on device, a beautifully designed phone cover and app which offer dual sim and hotspot with dialer & synced contacts. Krimston Two consulted a group of experts including Nicholas Sehnaoui to develop and perfect their dual sim cover. They  expect $2M gross profit by the year 2017.

Judges grades: 10,10,10, 9, 9

Early stage startup Concepts, part of TopHatch are pitching their app that designs and builds your ideas using the most accessible, accurate, and flexible sketching. The app is flexible and also allows you to write notes.

Judges grades: 9, 9, 9, 8, 8

Early stage startup ReAble are pitching their financial app specially designed for those with cognitive challenges. The inspiration of ReAble is Emile’s brother who is autistic. There are 73 million people living with autism today, 35 million of which fit their target. They have consulted with experts to help them develop an app that would allow functional autistic people use at ease. The app improves accountability and communication between those with cognitive disabilities and their parents. The app allows centers to realistically educate users on how to manage their finances.

Judges grades: 10, 10, 10, 9, 9

There was a tie between Krimston and ReAble. The crowd got to break the tie but cheering for their favorite startup between the two.

The winner of the Early Stage Startup Competition is: ReAble!

The winning prize is $10,000! This is thanks to Banque du Liban and Chivas – The Venture.


Idea Stage Startup Competition
Judges: Mansour Salameh, Mira Kaddoura, Liz fleming, Andra Larin, Jamil Corbani.

Aspiring to educate and inspire youth, Banque du Liban is hosting an Idea Stage Startup workshop series and competition themed Reimagining Lebanon. Inspired by youth driving change in Lebanon, the series of design-thinking workshops offered by SETT, a think tank focused on enabling emerging startup companies, is going to empower applicants with the entrepreneurial skills to develop solutions for a better Lebanon.

The below are the finalists and the final scores they received from the judges:

They converted the garbage crisis in Lebanon into an opportunity – turn your trash into cash. They would reward your recycling activities with online currency.

Judges: 7, 7, 7, 6, 7

This team tackling how to facilitate game development in Lebanon. Game Mbrabba (game jam). It’s a network site with incentives for game developers that also allows people to try the games. It encourages people to make games, network with other game developers, and give people access to play Lebanese video games.

Judges: 7, 6, 7, 7, 6

Using Medsuite, a user finds a doctor and surrounding health facilities to ease the process of getting healthcare. Moreover, if a patient has an emergency they can contact red cross and send them their GPS location and the Red Cross can find the closest available hospital for their condition as well.

Judges:  8, 8, 7, 7, 6

The winner of the Idea Stage Startup Competition is: ReAble!

The winning prize is $5,000! This is thanks to Banque du Liban and Daher Capital.


Announcement of Hackathon winners:
Web & Mobile Hackathon
3rd place: GreenLab – $1,000
2nd place: Edupath – $2,000
WINNERS: Coordonate – $3,000

Wearable Hackathon powered by Innovo a DNY Group
3rd place: Tennis Core – $1,000
2nd place: Lag – $2,000
1st place: Dream Team $3,000


Banque du Liban Accelerate