MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab, the regional chapter of MIT Enterprise Forum Global hosted the final awards ceremony and conference for the 12th Arab Startup Competition on March 29th in Beirut, Lebanon. The competition featured three different tracks; ideas, startups, and social entrepreneurship.

From thousands of applications MIT Enterprise Forum receives every year, Moroccan startup La Gare made it to the final and its Oujdi Founder & CEO Issam Darui’s pitch, vision, and interaction with the jury left a great impression.

Issam Darui – CEO & Founder of Moroccan Startup La Gare

As Issam describes it, La Gare is the best way to find, compare and book inter-city bus tickets online allowing passengers to choose from a selection of cheap bus tickets for travel between cities all over Morocco. Its web and mobile apps allow passengers to compare prices, bus schedules, and pay for their tickets online. With La Gare, there is no more waiting in line at the bus station to buy a ticket in Morocco.

At this year’s gathering, MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab launched its inaugural annual impact report which highlights the impact of Arab Startup Competition on job creation and contribution to the development of the Arab technology startups ecosystem over the past 12 years.

The event also featured quality discussion panels around the Role of Governments in Fostering Growth of Digital Economies, Building on AI in Education to Prepare Tomorrow’s Workforce and The Role of Fintech in Advancing Digital Economies.

Many finalists of previous editions of the competition have made it big, raising millions in investment and creating thousands of jobs. Hence, Moroccan Startup La Gare, although not having won the $160,000 award but gained visibility, mentorship, coaching, media exposure, and networking opportunities.

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