About The Competition

The Intel Business Challenge (IBC-MENA) is the gateway to Intel® Global Challenge, a joint project of Intel® Corporation and the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship at UC Berkeley organized since 2005 , brings together the best engineers and scientists from around the world to present how they plan to make the world a better place through their innovations and entrepreneurial skills
IBC-MENA 2014 will provide free educational online resources for all participants – those applying online and those that are shortlisted by partner competitions- to help build their business model. The business model and a video of the project need to be submitted by all online participants and by the shortlisted winners of partner competitions – to be eligible to participate in the final MENA award ceremony that will be held in Bahrain in partnership with UNIDO and the Mena Centre of Investment. Deadline for online submission is July 31, 2014.

A summary of the key milestones:
Phase I: Short-listing the top 22 MENA participants (June 20 – August 8, 2014)
- Online submissions from participants based in (UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, Iraq, Tunisia, Algeria, Libya, Yemen or Kuwait). Click here to register
- Partner competitions from other countries conclude their shortlisted candidates and announce them
Phase II: Onsite workshop and awards ceremony with UNIDO in Bahrain ( August 31 – September 3, 2014)
The top 22 shortlisted participants will be invited to Bahrain to participate in extensive training and coaching sessions. An awards ceremony will be held to identify and reward the top 4 winners who will win financial prizes of the values of $7500, $5000, $2500 and $1000 respectively for first, second, third and fourth place winners
Phase III: International Competition with UC Berkley in Silicon Valley (November 3-6, 2014)
The top 4 winners will get the opportunity to compete at the Intel Global Challenge at UC Berkley in the Silicon Valley for a chance to win up to $50,000.

Accepted types of ideas

Computing everywhere

The team that has the greatest opportunity to create a scalable business that leverages disruptive computing innovations including cloud, internet computing, big data, high speed mobile connectivity, machine learning, artificial intelligence, mobile platforms, or advanced sensors

Technology for Good

The team that has the greatest opportunity to create a sustainable business model that leverages computing with positive financial returns, as well as a significant impact on systemic social challenges in sectors including agriculture, education, energy, financial services, the environment, health, housing, or water

Products of the future

The team that has the greatest opportunity to create a scalable business that leverages hardware including wireless, embedded, or perceptual computing. While the scope of technology innovation is not restricted to the above, businesses must have a strong computing technology focus in order to compete

Depending on the country of residency, applicants can apply either online on this website “register here” (if they are based in UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, Iraq, Tunisia, Algeria, Libya, Yemen or Kuwait) or locally through partner competitions in their respective MENA countries, check below:


Rules and Regulations

Participants’ eligibility
Exclusions and Limitations
Project requirements


Welcome to the Intel Challenge Learning Management System – LMS!,

Those free courses presented by the Intel Business Challenge, they will help you turn your idea into a real business model, by taking you through different subjects related to innovation, business model (customer channels, pricing, suppliers, resources, etc.), starting up your business and pitching in front of investors.

The course is presented in a sequence of tests that you need to go through them one by one. Each time you finish a test, a window will appear to show you your score.

After you are done with all the courses, you would be ready to complete your Intel Challenge full project submission.

You need to be registered to the program in order to take part in the free courses.

Courses can be resumed at anytime, where as tests need to be concluded on the spot. Once you start a test, you need to finish it, otherwise you lose your answers.

These Courses, adjusted to teach you and improve your business skills.

Business Model Submission:

Make sure that you attend the courses before starting your submission.

To start completing your business model, click here