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ibTIECar Marathon@CREATIVA is a series of interactive market-driven online local competitions that will be organized all over Egypt and across 10 different governments, where Innovation Hubs known as CREATIVA or “مراكز إبداع مصر الرقمية” are located in addition to Cairo, Alexandria, and Assiut Technology Parks.

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The main objectives of the competition could be summarized as follows

1 Inspires local communities to come together, think intensely, and create innovative solutions to address local pressing challenges, hence contributing to accelerate digital transformation.
Discover the innovative young talents, and ideas, and help them to grow, focusing on university as the main source of innovative ideas.
2 Support local community growth through nurturing high potential and market driven ideas, exploiting the available opportunities and resources.
4 Recognize innovation efforts, and hence fostering innovation culture.



Competition Information

Competition is consisting of 4 main phases

1 Registering & Selection Phase
2 Semi-Final Phase (Project Development & Coaching 1)
3 Final Phase (Project Development & Coaching 2)
4 Final Improvement and fine- tuning Phase

The 10 competitions will be executed in all 10 places within the following timeframe starting from 15 of July 2021 and until the end of October 2021.

  • Phase 1


  • Phase 2

    Shortlisted teams announcement

  • Phase 3

    Mentoring and business workshops + Semi Final Pitching

  • Phase 4

    Mentoring and business workshops + Final Pitching + Winners announcement

  • Phase 5

    Projects fine-tuning and awards’ issuing.

  • Cairo - (EMELab@SmartVillage)
  • Aswan - (CREATIVA)
  • Qena - (CREATIVA)
  • Suhaj - (CREATIVA)
  • Asyuit - (EMELab@Tech Park)
  • Minya - (CREATIVA)
  • Menoufia - (CREATIVA)
  • Mansoura - (CREATIVA)
  • Ismailia - (CREATIVA)
  • Alexandria - (EMELab@Tech Park)



Benefits and Awards

Awards The total awards are 1,200,000 EGP
120,000 EGP for the top 3 winning teams in each location; distributed equally among them.
Benefits All participating teams will get access to Electronics Innovation Hubs and CREATIVA Innovation Hubs, where all the facilities are available to them to meet and work on their projects. Transportations available in the following governments: Cairo - Alexandria - Assuit -El Minya - Qena - Suhag - Aswan).

Winners will be given the priority to move through the whole value chain of their entrepreneurship journey with TIEC- Creativa support. This would include but is not limited to acceleration, incubation, consultation, and networking.



Registration & Eligibility

  • Only teams Min. of 2 and Max. of 7 members can apply for the Marathon.
  • The team should have at least a rough Prototype for the proposed solution.
  • Offline Marathon activities are available only in the 10 locations mentioned above, accordingly, applicants from outside those governorates have to choose the most convenient/ nearest location where they can attend and meet with other team members.
  • The idea has to offer some technological innovation with a potential of being a startup.
  • The proposed solution has to be adopting one of the announced technologies.
  • Applicants in Cairo, Alex, or Assiut governorates MUST build their solution using one of the following technologies; IOT, digital fabrication, or electronic circuits design/ production.
  • The priority is given to the ideas that address a local need in the corresponding governorate and with societal inclusion (شمول مجتمعى).
  • ICT- related university faculty members, and researchers
  • Graduation Projects’ teams from technical schools.
  • Potential innovators from students and entrepreneurs with ICT related background
  • The registration form should contain the main personal and education/work information of all the team members and specifically the team leader who will be the main contact point with the team
  • Also, the registering team has to submit all the required documents to participate, which are as follows

    ⦾ Project presentation
    ⦾ Project business model
    ⦾ A 3-minute video explaining the idea of the project, the problem it is solving, and the initial prototype while it is working .
  • Official authorization of a representative of the team (and he must have a bank account to receive the prize in case of winning) signed by all team members.



Technology to use


Data Analytics/visualization


Machine learning and artificial intelligence


Mobile and web applications development


Digital fabrication, IoT, and electronics PCB (must for Assuit, Alex, and Cairo).

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Projects Selection & Evaluation Criteria

  • Novelty: Degree of innovation and novelty of the idea.
  • Profitability: Target/expected market size and potential
  • Impact: The expected impact at the local/national/global level.
  • Teamwork: The technical and managerial ability and skills of the team.
  • Prototype Maturity: The extent of development reached by the prototype