Starts: 3:00 PM 2017
Ends: 9:00 PM 2017
Sofitel, Impasse Souissi, Rabat, Morocco
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 IE Business School in collaboration with Université Internationale de Rabat are happy to announce the arrival of IE Venture Days in Rabat.

The Venture Day Rabat is meant to celebrate entrepreneurship in Morocco, giving the opportunity to every Moroccan startup to compete and pitch their projects in order to receive feedback, connect with potential investors and eventually grow thanks to funding.


IE Venture Days are full or half day events hosted worldwide that are part conference and part startup pitch competition; entrepreneurs, investors and leading thought leaders from the startup ecosystem are invited as speakers; early-stage, investment-seeking startups compete before a panel of relevant investors.

The events are open to the public and startups are usually from IE alumni and the local community or region where the Venture Day is held.

Over the last four years the best startups created by IE students and alumni have received 12 million Euros in funding at Venture Day Madrid events.

Join us for an afternoon of pitches from our finalists, to hear from our speakers and panelists who will share their insight and experiences. After a brief break, our finalists will make 7-minute pitches before our renowned jury of investors, and then we will end the event giving prizes and awards

Competition Rules


At least 1 founding member must be working full-time for the start-up.

Start-up was founded (incorporated) less than three years ago.

Projects will be evaluated based on international focus and scalability.


Selection criterias : 

1. Innovative: product/service, business model, and/or route to market

2. Scalable: international commercial potential & scalable business model

3. Team: relevant skills & experience mix

4. Market: clear & large market opportunity

5. Status: must have full time dedicated team and product/service in the market with early traction (customers and/or users)


If your startup meets these criterias, just give a click below !


For 2017-2018´s Venture Days, the winner of each Venture Day is given the chance to pitch on IE's stage in the South Summit in order to win a full Pass to the Event ( Access to the investor Den, conferences in all stages, one on one meetings and matchmaking service with investors and big corporations, etc) taking place in beginning of october 2018. 


What is the South Summit? 

South Summit is the Leading Event from the South, connecting the most innovative entrepreneurs with the most important investors in the world and the corporations seeking to improve their global competitiveness through innovation.

Keynote talks and debates with worldwide innovation leaders, meetings with the largest business angels and VC firms, Startup Competition with the best success stories and Business & Networking opportunities in every corner.

Every year, more than 650 investors, 3000 startups and more than 12500 people participate to the South Summit. 

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What does that imply for my startup ? 

The wining startup of Venture Day Rabat will be invited to Madrid in IE's campus for a 4 days acceleration in order to prepare their pitch for the South Summit. 

They will then be competing with the winner of each & every Venture Day organized worldwide.

The ultimate winner on the IE stage will then be given a pass with full access to the Event (including face to face meetings with investors)  and will be provided with special care and support from the IE team. 


In addition, the winner of Venture Rabat will be given:

  • 6 months incubation in UIR Incubator including access to all UIR facilities -laboratory, office, sports facilities, restaurants etc.(
  • Mentoring from UIR  Valorization and Transfer team  
  • Support for patent filing (PCT) (administrative and descriptive content of the filing etc.                             


The International University of Rabat is the 1st University in terms of Patent in Africa and MENA region with more than 240 patents including 30 international patents. It has developed an incubator within its facilities at Rabat Technopolis to help the creation and development of innovative start ups with all convenient facilities


15:15 - 16:00

Enjoy Music from the band

16:00 - 16:20
Juan Jose Güemes. Chairman of the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Center. IE Business School.
Olivier Aptel. Director Management Education. Université Internationale de Rabat.
Abdelaziz Benjouad. Vice President Research & Development. Université Internationale de Rabat.
Inspiration Startups of Morocco
16:20 - 16:30

Come and listen to the founders of ALGO and Hydrobarkley tell us their success and failure story. 

Hanane Rifai. CEO & Co-Founder. Hydrobarley.
Tarik Fadili. CEO. Algo.
Keynote: " Building a Vibrant Startup Ecosystem "
16:30 - 16:50
Juan Jose Güemes. Chairman of the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Center. IE Business School.
Keynote: " Moroccan Entrepreneurship Ecosystem and current initiatives to boost it”
16:50 - 17:05
Kenza Lahlou. Managing Partner. Outlierz.
Keynote " Tips to seduce investors "
17:05 - 17:30
Kevin Sigliano. Managing Partner. Territorio Creativo.
Keynote: " How to leverage research for entrepreneurship "
17:30 - 17:45
Mohsine Bouya. Director Valorization & Transfer. Université Internationale de Rabat.
Panel: " Inspiring generation Z to carry out Ventures "
17:45 - 18:30

Moderated by Mehdi Nassih 

Mehdi Nassih. Data Scientist & Consultant, Founder . Bawaba.
Adnane Addioui. Country Director. Enactus Morocco.
Othmane Benhalima. Co Founder. Eco-Heat.
Fatim-Zahra Biaz. Founder. NewWorkLab.
Nacef Mouri. Associate Dean of Accreditations. Université Internationale de Rabat.
Networking & Music break
18:30 - 18:40
Finalists Pitch
18:40 - 19:30
Judges Deliberation & Prize giving
19:30 - 19:45
Networking cocktail
19:45 - 21:00





Live Streaming

Venture Day Madrid is available via live streaming thanks to Fundación Rafael del Pino. Connect to the streaming below!  Remember that you can tweet about the event with the hashtag #ievdaymadrid


Chairman of the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Center
IE Business School

CEO & Co-Founder

Managing Partner

Managing Partner
Territorio Creativo

Co Founder

Data Scientist & Consultant, Founder

Country Director
Enactus Morocco

Co Founder

Director Management Education
Université Internationale de Rabat

Vice President Research & Development
Université Internationale de Rabat

Director Valorization & Transfer
Université Internationale de Rabat


Associate Dean of Accreditations
Université Internationale de Rabat







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Venture Day Rabat

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IE Business School – Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Université Internationale de Rabat

Yosra Benabbou