Rally Startup is a competition organized by AAST EC and powered by AASTMT for anyone who wants to start their own business. University students and startup founders will have the chance to present and discuss their business ideas with experts from various fields and industries. The competition was initiated in 2016 with the aim to provide guidance, mentorship and investment opportunities to individuals and teams who are eager to follow their dreams and kick-off their business. The Competition provides tracks for both university students and startup founders in a wide range of industries focusing on innovation and technology. The competition is a full pre-incubation program that takes participants from the ideation phase to generating the prototype within 6 months. Participants will attend various entrepreneurship training events, then they get a chance to pitch their startup ideas to business leaders, investors and members from the entrepreneurship eco-system.
In 2019, Rally Startup Competition went regional holding The Arab round of Rally Startup Competition in partnership with UNIDO Bahrain and ITPO and with the support of the League of Arab States and AECEI. The Rally Finale was held in Bahrain supported by The Bahrain Chamber of Commerce & Industry and The Union of Arab Chambers.
By the beginning of 2020, Rally Startup Competition launched its latest round with the National Bank of Egypt as our strategic partner. The 2020 round was held exclusively online due to the global pandemic situation and the Finale is planned to take place during 2021.