WHY STARTUP CHALLENGE?

Muscles grow with Resistance! StartUp Challenge provides the tools to refine the many facets of your idea/project.

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 Promote Innovative Thinking

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Evaluate your ideas through expert opinions

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Develop support network

WHY MUSLIM WOMEN-SPECIFIC STARTUP CHALLENGE?

As Ibn Qayyum Aljawziyya brilliantly worded: Women are one half of the society and give birth to the other half; so it is as if they are the entire society!

Education breeds Confidence, Confidence breeds Hope, and Hope breeds Peace. Achieving this ‘Peace’ isn’t possible with only half the human-power- manpower; it needs to be augmented with woman-power.

The beloved wife of the Prophet (SAW), Aisha (ra) was, indeed, one of the most knowledgeable persons to have set foot on this earth. She embellished the science of Islamic jurisprudence, the science of medicine, and the science of poetry with the essence of pragmatism. Her knowledge, expertise and a strong proclivity towards applicability of all the Knowledge/Wisdom she adorned enlightened and is continuing to enlighten the community.

Having the benefit of hindsight and comparative sciences we can quite easily arrive at a generalization that Muslim women, in the contemporary times,  are lagging behind their non-Muslim counterparts in most of the disciplines, at least on a materialistic pedestal. We can’t blame them for this scenario as most of our efforts are dedicated towards the blue gender. The lacuna lies in the entrepreneurial support which, till now, has not been directed towards the Muslim women.

Here is the Solution!

A dedicated platform to bridge the gap and rationalize the approach towards contemporary enlightenment!

“Muslim Women StartUp Challenge” aims to promote and activate the Muslim Women startup ecosystem, consequently empowering a productive Ummah!

STARTUP CHALLENGE STRUCTURE

Phase 1

APPLICATION VIDEO

Applicants must submit a 1-3minutes video* answering the following question: What is the problem you’re trying to solve or the need you’re trying to satisfy?, and how do you see it impacting your community/ country / workplace?

Phase 2

THE PITCH

Upon selection, finalists will pitch your idea/project to a panel of judges and audience. The pitch will be 7 minutes long including Q&A. Winner is in for a surprise gift!

*Note: Upload your video (mobile phone recording is sufficient) on YouTube and include the link on the application form on the “Apply Now” section. Please make sure the video is set for private viewing. Please include a short introduction of yourself (/your team) in the video.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTION (FAQ)

Muslim Women Startup Challenge 2017 is Muslim Women Tech (MWT)’s social entrepreneurship competition. It aims to promote and activate the Muslim Women startup ecosystem, consequently empowering a productive Ummah! This startup challenge hopes to provide the tools to refine the many facets of your idea or project.

A Muslim woman of any nationality who has an idea or currently working on a project for the benefit of humankind. A sister can do it individually or take up the challenge with her team.

Is this a challenge for me? If you are someone who is innovative and wants to make a difference, this is ABSOLUTELY the challenge for you. Join the fun to get evaluate your ideas and projects through a panel of expert opinions and grow your network by meeting more equally-talented and passionate sisters as you are!

Sisters who are interested to join must fill in the application form through our website and submit a 1-3 minutes video pitch on Youtube that contains three (3) elements as per below.

  1. Introduction of yourself and/ your team members
  2. Explanation of the problem that you are trying to solve or need that you are trying to satisfy
  • How does it positively impact your community/ country/ workplace?
  1. The idea and project can be from many different industries such as healthcare, travel, finance, telecommunication, media, automobiles, real estate, personal and household goods, transportation, technology and hardware, oil & gas, construction, social innovation, lifestyle, supply chain, arts and creative and biotechnology. The list is not exhaustive here. Keep in mind that it must tech-oriented or tech-related. If it is a non-tech idea or project, at least it must be tech-deliverable.

It is sufficient to submit a mobile video recording. Applicants must also set the YouTube video to private viewing and share the link to it in the application form.

 

All submissions must be done before or on Tuesday, 21 November 2017 (before 24:00/ Midnight). Any submissions after this date will not be accepted.

 

Muslim Women Tech (MWT) will receive your online video pitches and pick four (4) finalists with the best idea or project. Our team will contact the finalists via email to inform that they have been selected to the final pitch after the submission deadline.

The four (4) finalists will pitch their ideas/ projects to a panel of expert judges and live audience on Saturday, 2 December 2017 during Twins of Faith at MATRADE. Finalists’ pitches must not be more than seven (7) minutes long including Questions and Answers (Q&A) answers session. The best finalist will be declared a winner and receive a mystery prize from Muslim Women Tech (MWT).

Please refer to the flow chart below:

*Note: Upload your video (mobile phone recording is sufficient) on YouTube and include the link on the application form on the “Apply Now” section. Please make sure the video is set for private viewing. Please include a short introduction of yourself (/your team) in the video.

No. You may only pitch one (1) idea.

Certainly. To give more clarity to the participants, please refer to examples:

  1. Aminah: I would like to start an online business for my non-genetically modified crops. I have a farm that is run by my family business and an online presence will help to spread the presence of non-genetically modified crops to the masses.
  2. Mariam: I have a bakery but I found a way to make the production line faster, cheaper and better. All my pastry are halal-friendly.
  • I would like to start a charity drive to promote awareness of the global climate change.

Note: The list here is not exhaustive

Finalists will pitch in front of a panel judges on Saturday, 2 December 2017 during the Twins of Faith Conference at MATRADE so do make yourself available on that day. How to get there? Sisters can travel via your own transportation or public transport to:

MATRADE

Jalan Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah,
50480 Kuala Lumpur,
MALAYSIA.

(Coordinates: 3.1774° N, 101.6669° E)

Please refer to the map for further convenience:

Participants should bring the items below:

  • USB – The presentation if participants feel that they may feel to do so
  • Lots of creative energy!

The winner will get a mystery prize from Muslim Women Tech (MWT). Looking for coaching, mentorship and networking to fund and kick start your ideas and projects? Look no further!

Note: The mystery prize given will be provided at the discretion of Muslim Women Tech (MWT).

Don’t be nervous! The key here is preparation. Here are some tips that might be useful for the challenge:

  1. Research, research, research! Do a sound market research and background information that will give you a better understanding of the problem your trying to solve or generate the idea you want.
  2. Practice your pitch. You will have 3 minutes to persuade Muslim Women Tech that your idea or project is the best to make it to the final pitch. Plus, you have 7 minutes with the judges and audience for the final round. Use the 3Cs! Make it Clear, Concise, and Convincing!
  3. If you are not comfortable by being a solo pitcher, do it with your female friend(s) or family member(s)! This is a fun event and no, we are not Shark Tank! For finalists, bring your friends or families along! Events are better with good company.
  4. Before the final event, Muslim Women Tech (MWT) will contact the finalists in the email to do an exclusive briefing and a mock practice session with them. The date and time will be stated in the email. MWT hopes that this session will help to soothe nerves and more importantly, helping the finalists to prepare for the final pitch.

If you have further enquiries, you can email us at [email protected] drop us a message at our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/MuslimWomenTech/ for a faster response.