Meet the 100 Arab start-ups shaping the Fourth Industrial Revolution

The World Economic Forum and the Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB) have partnered and selected 100 Arab start-ups shaping the Fourth Industrial Revolution in 2019. This builds on the success of the initiative, which began in 2017.

The entrepreneurs will benefit from a tailored programme where they discuss the future of their industries with government and business leaders at the World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa, which will take place on 6-7 April at the Dead Sea, Jordan.

Across the Middle East and North Africa, entrepreneurs are devising innovative ways to tackle the societal challenges of the Fourth Industrial Revolution through technology. Investors, business leaders and policy-makers need to encourage, recognise and support these entrepreneurs. The 100 Arab start-ups initiative is a great way to bring together these stakeholders to discuss the opportunities in the region and beyond. The Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB) is proud to partner with the World Economic Forum on the search for the 100 Arab start-ups shaping the future.

Khalid Al Rumaihi
Chief Executive, Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB)

The Arab world will need its private sector to address youth unemployment, the current skills gap for the Fourth Industrial Revolution and the inclusion of women in the workforce. Start-ups, and the entrepreneurs building them, are key to a strategic public private dialogue on these issues and to creating corresponding new opportunities in society

Mirek Dusek
Deputy Head of the Centre for Geopolitical and Regional Affairs, Member of the Executive Committee, World Economic Forum


The start-ups were selected from almost 400 applicants. They represent 17 countries and a number of sectors, including education, energy, environment, finance, health and the media. Find out more about the Start-up Ecosystem in the Arab World.

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