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Free ArabNet Ticket!!

Looking for a free ticket to ArabNet’s conference in Lebanon?

Tweet a tip on Entrepreneurship from your own experience or tweet what you think an entrepreneur is and attach #YallaStartup #Tip next to your tweet.

YallaStartup will be giving out one free ticket to the best tip – best defined by quality of tip and number of retweets.

Let’s get those tweets going. This starts NOW and ends on March 20th.








The Perfect Pitch

There is nothing like it. You have an idea, and you have the stage for a minute, or two, or five. You’re on a mission to sell yourself, your vision, and your team. There is no room for error, and no room for mediocrity.

You need to be the number one advocate of your product. You need to love it, and you need to show how much you believe in it. You need to be passionate about it. Passion is contagious, and the only way you are going to win the crowd over.

With passion, you need to deliver a clear vision. You need to show that you are captaining a plane with a clear destination, and that it would be a mistake not to come along for the ride. That means really understanding your product and getting the basics right:

  • Why are you creating the product or service, who is it serving and how big is the market?
  • Why your solution? what’s so magical about it that competition can’t replicate?
  • How will you make the idea a reality?
  • Why your team can take it forward and succeed?

Get those figured out and take the 2 minutes you will have, mix in Passion, Confidence, Clarity and Keep it Simple.

Demo’ers shorten up the above, make it quick and focus on your demo. Show us your product and go through a few scenarios that really showcase your top features. Check out Demo 2011 pitches for some examples. Be very clear and very precise – that means Practice! Practice! Practice!

And now, we will leave you with this –

“If I am to speak ten minutes, I need a week for preparation; if fifteen minutes, three days [of preparation]; if half an hour, two days [of preparation]; if an hour, I am ready now.” – Woodrow Wilson


ArabNet 2011

ArabNet Shift Digital Summit is coming up on March 22- 25 at the Habtoor Hotel in Beirut.

Jump start your ideas and apply to ArabNet’s Ideathon and Startup Demo. The Ideathon gives selected entrepreneurs 2 minutes in the spotlight to pitch their ideas to investors, incubators and others. The top 3 pitches will win cash prizes as a seed grant to help them build a prototype of their product. The Startup Demo allows selected startups that already have customers/users and a revenue stream to showcase their products in 5-minute pitches to a panel of judges. Additionally, startups will be provided with exhibition space for the duration of the conference.

The deadline to apply is on FEBRUARY 27th [Extended to March 6th]. You can find more information on the event and application process here.


YallaStartup to mentor ArabNet Startups!

As a lot of you know by now there is one hot event coming our way, and YallaStartup is a proud supporter ! ArabNet is the first international conference for the Arab web industry and will take place in Beirut on the 25th and 26th of March. It will bring together leaders from across the MENA, Europe and Silicon Valley to discuss cutting-edge trends and emerging opportunities.

The conference will also feature some very cool ideas and startups through pitch and demo sessions. We are happy to announce that YallaStartup will be offer mentorship for selected top startups/ideas. This means we will assign mentors from our pool of experts to closely work and help the startups with their needs.

We hope by doing this that we can help the startups with technical expertise, marketing, strategy and even linking them with the right investors. We hope this would help them achieve their real potential, so what are you waiting for, YallaStartup!

If you would like to also join our pool of mentors please email us at