Misk Entrepreneurship is launching its 5th cohort of the Misk Accelerator, powered by Plug and Play, where a qualified cohort of 20 startups will participate in the 12-week hybrid program providing MENA’s startups with all the mentorship, resources, and tools aimed at accelerating their growth and expansion in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The accelerator is aimed at seed-stage tech startups operating or expanding into the Saudi market, to put them on a rapid growth path through an intensive training program offering a hybrid experience (in person and virtual), which includes several training modules, including business strategy, product development, growth hacking, pitching, fundraising, and more.
To best understand your needs and objectives for the program so that we can better tailor the experience for you.
You will be trained by exceptional tech leaders and coaches who are experts in areas essential for your startups journey. This includes design-thinking & product development; team & talent development; business & finance strategy, growth hacking, pitching, fundraising, and more.
You will be matched with a mentor that will be well-suited to provide you with helpful guidance to support your growth. Where possible and suitable, we will help set up meetings with potential end-users of your technology (particularly if B2B) and/or potential suitable investors on an ad-hoc basis.
A Plug and Play team member will help you track and plan your progress systematically every week.
We will periodically host social and professional gatherings for the whole cohorts and the wider KSA tech ecosystem to help motivate and enable your startup’s potential.
This will be the conclusion of the program where each startup will be presenting the companies to an audience of specially selected investors and key ecosystem players within the KSA and wider MENA tech ecosystem.
We are looking for startups that meet the following criteria:
The program is 3-months long.
No, there are no fees for participating in the program.
The program offers a hybrid experience of in-person and virtual sessions. The physical parts will take place in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
The program covers full accommodation expenses and partial flights expenses for the physical weeks.
No, the program is open for all nationalities residing in Saudi or any country around the world.
The program is zero equity and in return does not offer funding.
We expect founders to commit fully to the program and to working full-time on their startup.
The program is designed for founders. However, team members are allowed to participate in some of the program’s sessions and activities.
Given the diversity of the participants, mentors, and speakers, most of the program sessions are conducted in English; thus, a strong verbal and written English language skills are required.
Yes, if you have applied before and have not gotten in, we strongly encourage you to apply again. Having made progress since your last application is a strong signal to us.
Startups are not allowed to be enrolled in another accelerator during the program.
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