In light of the
strategic partnership between Orange Group and Seedstars World – a
global seed-stage startup competition -- Orange Jordan recently
hosted the Seedstars Amman annual pitching competition. The event was
held at Orange’s BIG (Business Innovation Growth) building at the
King Hussein Business Park and saw the participation of 11 of the
most successful local startups in the Kingdom.
hosting Seedstars Amman, which aims to both support and cultivate
entrepreneurial potential through identifying the best startups in 56
different countries, including those in the Middle East, and allowing
them to pitch their ideas at a higher level to key decision makers
and investors in the industry, Orange Jordan provided participants
with the opportunity to showcase their entrepreneurial projects in
front of a judging panel comprised of prominent businessmen and
women. At the pitching competition, the founders of each startup
explained their respective businesses, aiming to receive investment
and development opportunities by connecting with potential investors,
partners, and customers.
the closing ceremony of the competition, three winners were crowned
and honored with the title of “Seedstars Amman.” Coming in first
place was Mind Rockets Inc., named the best emerging startup in
Jordan of 2016. The Audiogram came in second place, and Arabot
received third. Placements were decided based on the comments of the
judging panel which consisted of the Ambassador of Seedstars to
Jordan, Majd Afghani; Senior Associate at Seedstars World,
Tiffany Obser; Managing Partner of Silicon Badia, Emile Cubeisy;
Associate at DASH Ventures, Mohamed Malik; and CSR and CER Manager at
Orange Jordan, Orayb Akeel.
the first place winner, Mind Rockets Inc. will get the opportunity to
participate in regional and global Seedstars summits, which hold a
number of training workshops and investment sessions, and serve as
catalytic platforms for the participating high-growth emerging-market
startups. These next-level participants will then have the chance to
compete with winning startups from other countries in front of a
global judging panel, and will contend for the title of “Best
Global Startup in the World,” striving to attract large-scale
investments in their company operations.
hosting of the local edition of this international competition came
due to its continuous commitment to stimulate emerging startups and
entrepreneurship, especially when related to the telecommunications
and information technology sectors. Additionally, support of
Seedstars Amman falls directly in line with the objectives of its own
growth-mode startup accelerator program, BIG, and with its five-year
corporate strategy, Essentials 2020, which focuses on supporting and
developing enterprise customers in a professional and structured way,
allowing them to take advantage of the company’s diverse resources,
one of the most prominent of these being Orange’s application
program interface (API).
Through its variety of APIs, Orange Jordan is committed to providing
entrepreneurs with extra services that benefit them in developing new
solutions and services that are harmonious with local and regional
markets, and that directly serve the needs of users.
Launched in May 2015, BIG targets
startups that need guidance, support, and the right business
environment to grow their companies. The program also focuses on
developing many important business aspects such investment needs,
product improvement, and customer development, among others.