So far at least 63 Moroccan startups have submitted their applications for the competition, tripling the Moroccan entries compared to last year’s edition, Aviram indicated.
The notable increase in Moroccan entries proves that choosing Morocco to host the second edition of the competition was “the right decision,” he said. “It is the beginning of very a strong relationship between our entrepreneurs, Aviram Awards, and Moroccan startups.”
Forbes echoed Aviram’s remarks, expressing the magazine’s keen attitude to support innovative startups that want to create real social change.
“At Forbes, our mission is to champion entrepreneurs and leaders who are driving change, transforming business, and making a significant impact on the world,” Seth Cohen, Assistant Managing Editor at Forbes and Head of the Forbes Impact Lab, told Morocco World News.
The Forbes representative gave insight on the partnership with Aviram Foundation and the 2023 Aviram Competition. “We are able to nurture talent and provide resources to the next generation of startups in the MENA region, while providing mentorship to innovative business leaders with established concepts that positively impact humanity,” Cohen added.
Aviram Awards Offers ‘Substantial, Longstanding’ Package
The startups that make it to the competition’s semi-finals will receive mentorship and guidance from experts in the business field, receiving tools to present their projects in a “catchy” way, Aviram explained.
“We noticed in the first edition that many of these startups do not have the capabilities to present their idea in a catchy and understandable way,” he said. The finalist will receive additional tools on how to better manage their startup.
“The pool of applicants will be narrowed down to five finalists, who will be invited to pitch live on-stage to a judging panel of world-acclaimed business leaders in Morocco in May 2023,” detailed the organizers.
The final event of the competition will take place in Morocco’s Red City, Marrakech, and will see the presence of hundreds of high-level guests, including government officials, ambassadors, business experts, and CEOs.
The winner of the Aviram Awards will receive $500,000 (MAD 5.1 million), while second and third-place holders will receive a prize of $100,000 (MAD 1.02 million) and $50,000 (MAD 511,787) respectively.
The three finalists will have the opportunity to benefit from Aviram’s first-hand experience and mentorship. The Israeli businessman noted that he runs two “extremely successful” companies in Isreal – Mobileye and OrCam – and has gained significant experience over his 23 years as a CEO.