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Official Judges

Alexander Soroka
Managing Partner at Network VC
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Ian Ziddah
Operating Partner at Chanzo Capital
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Tal Catran
Accelerators Guru, Startup Ecosystems Builder
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Narayanan Ganapathy
CEO at Angivest Ventures, CFA.
I run an angel investment firm based in Bahrain. We are launching our own securities token issuance platform in the Middle East.
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Uwem Uwemakpan
VP, Fund Operations at Ingressive Capital
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Selcuk Ergin
Managing Partner at Boza Ventures
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Walied Albasheer
Founding Partner at Intuitio Ventures
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Mckevin Ayaba
Founder and CEO of Setup A Startup
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Expert Board

Vikrant Varshney
Cofounder & Managing Partner – SucSEED Innovation Fund
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Steven Yung
Managing Partner at Glocal LLC
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Osama AlSalloum
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John Kojiro Moriwaka
Venture Partner of Mendoza Ventures,
Venture Partner of BE Health Ventures,
Advisor of CVVC,
Advisor of Arka Venture Labs,
Director of Startup Grind Tokyo/ Nagoya/Fukuoka
Official columnist of Forbes JAPAN
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Daniel Ivanov
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Burak Yılmaz
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Louiza Chitour
Program & Partnerships Manager at Plug and Play MENA
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Allan Ananura Ananura
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Gaurav Shah
Managing Partner at Arete Ventures
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Nick Laursen
Managing Partner at Laursen van Swieten
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Nirjhor Rahman
CEO at Bangladesh Angels
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Thomas Abraham
Founder at T-Ventures and HR2Tech
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Dalal AlGhawas
Program Director at Big Idea Ventures
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Nader Shenouda
Managing Partner of Canas Capital, Dubai, focused on investment advisory and early stage direct investments.
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Subrata Patra
Managing Partner at IdeaCapital Ventures
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Dr. Jamal Al Akkad
CEO of TamkeenCSP, LLC, Dubai
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Scarlett Chen
Managing Director at Prudential Corporation Asia, Healthtech Investor
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Mr Gajo Vanka
Group Chief Financial Officer at Fashion Union Limited
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Marc Mogalle
Managing Director at Business Buddies
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Russ Neu
Venture Partner at Quest Ventures
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Ketevan Ebanoidze
Co-founder and Co-CEO of Impact Hub Tbilisi
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Naka (Akihiko Nakashima)
CEO of Impact Innovation Japan LLC
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Omar Abedin
Founder at PTH Venture Studio
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Umair Sheikh
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Mel Larrosa
CEO | Schneider Innovation & Tech Partnerships Center
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Ali Fidvi
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Moid Shaikh
CEO – TPL eVentures
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Varad Krishna
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Kelvin Chikezie
CEO and Co-founder at Digital Growth Boost | Director Startup Grind Helsinki
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Michael Conniff
Chairman and CEO at Murray Lane Ventures
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Bhargav Prajapati
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Enis Hulli
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Ashish Taneja
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Rico Pang
Managing Director at Sanctum Ventures
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Hempal Shrestha
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Startups pitching live

Global partners

Unicorn Battle,
June 2, 2022

Welcome to the online Unicorn Battle MENA – part of the World's Largest by Geography Startup Pitch Contest where famous international VCs and Business Angels meet extraordinary startups from all over the world! 

$345+ mln was received in funding by our WINNERS

Whether you are an Investor looking for the future Unicorns to invest in, a Corporation looking for a solution that will ensure you outperforming the competitors or a Startup with outstanding solution-seeking funds for the next round – JOIN UNICORN BATTLES! 

The audience of 125K people (VCs, Angels, investment analysts and all proactive people) from 67 countries will watch your presentation ONLINE.

FREE pitching at the Unicorn Battle allows you: 

- Meet personally famous venture funds, business angels and private investors; 

- Acquire practical advice from experienced VC professionals; 

- Expand your network and show yourself to the world 

- Present your startup to the investment community. 

- Raise your next round in 2022!

Apply with your startup before May 29: 

1. Visit the landing page and click ATTEND button at the top.

2. Select your STARTUP role and fill in all the required fields. 

3. Wait for the selection results 3 days before the event.

If you have any questions during the registration, please use the guideline –

The winner, the startup with the highest score in the judges' vote, will be guaranteed a spot in the Unicorn Cup Finals.

Please notice, only 10 startups will be selected for pitching live. So do not leave your application for the last minute. 

* We accept startups at any stage, but having traction and paying customers will be a plus. 

Guests can attend the event by purchasing an Eventbrite ticket.


June 2, 2022, 3 PM (Dubai time – UTC+4).


Online, on Zoom. Whether you are judge, guest or startup, you will receive your personal link 1 day before the event .

Any questions, please, contact /

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1 Session
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Please, note the approximate agenda for the UAE Time Zone – GMT+4:

14:50 - 15:00 : Connecting

15:00 - 15:15 : Introduction by Organizers 

15:15 - 15:30 : Jury Performance 

15:30 – 17:00 : Startup Pitch Session 

Each founder will have 3 minutes for a pitch, and another 3 minutes for questions, comments, and suggestions by Judges. 

17:00 - 17:30 : Winners announcement and networking


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