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21 novembre 2011 1 21 /11 /novembre /2011 21:42


Yesterday at 6h00 p.m. all the teams stopped working, it was time to pitch their ideas in front of the jury that included the Lebanese Minister of Telecommunications Nicholas Sehnawi and Dr. Khater Abi Habib.

The top 5 finalists are:

- 3djonline


- Taktus


- Insa7ni


- Kol-3a-zaw2ak


- The Dream Matcher



The winner will be announced during the GEW party on the 25th of November.

Which team do you think will be The Winning Team?? 

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20 novembre 2011 7 20 /11 /novembre /2011 10:00


After getting all the techniques and information they needed from the four days workshop, the teams started working on their ideas during the Bootcamp.

The teams are working hard in coding, designing, planning and executing their ideas, since Friday at 6:00 p.m. and they have till today at 6:00 p.m. to submit their Phase 3 deliverables. 

I visited them yesterday in the afternoon to check their work and this is a brief from each team:


- Red drops team: @RedDropsLebanon 


They are developping a website where people who are in need of Blood can go to. It's a way that makes the process of searching for Blood from any type much easier!  

- Global team: @GlobalTeam5



They are developping a phone application where you can find restaurants at an affordable price in the area you are located in.



- Mario Bros:@mario_bros_exec  


They are developping a website that provides a service that helps customers reach quality technicians, wherever they are located. 



- 3 dj online:@3djOnline  


A talented team of #3D #CAD #jewelry designers and artists developping a website for all jewelry designers who are interested in 3D, where they can find lots of 3D designs and they can also share their work together.

- Dream matcher: @thedreammatcher 



They are developping a Social Network to match people together to help them realize their dreams! 


- The Penguins: @ThePenguinsExec




The expincers

They are developping a mobile application that can show you all your expenses while using your Credit Card or Debit Card as well as it can give you statistics. 



- Collabrotouch: @Collabrotouch @taktusapp 


They are developing a presentation tool focusing on visuals and they're working that their application works on different platforms, Mobiles, PCs, IPad... 


- 3atari2ak: @3ataree2ak 


They are developping a car pooling website and hopefully they'll be also present on Foursquare.


- Safer.com: @saafercom 


They are developping a website where you can log in when you want to travel with low expenses. You can find discounted packages when you create a group. 



- Smart Code: @SmartCodeApp 
















They are developping a mobile application that will change the way you shop in supermarkets. It can give you advices and health tips on the products you are buying.  




The teams came up with interesting ideas, they are working hard non stop, they didn't get any sleep since Friday!!

The Teams will be presenting their work tonight to the Juries and let the best team win!

Wish  you all the best of Luck!!  

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19 novembre 2011 6 19 /11 /novembre /2011 21:03



  • Day 3 of "The Execution" was Marketing

With all the bad weather and the traffic jam, all the teams arrived safe and enthusiastic as ever!


The workshop started with "Startup Marketing and Communications" with Jimmy Ghazal from Quantum who talked about the principles of Social Media and the fundamentals of branding.

The second part was on "Social Media Marketing" with Marc Dfouni who shared his social media strategy.


  • Day 4 of "The Execution" was Capacity Building & Team Dynamics  


It was Play time on the last day of the owrkshop, they had several games from paper ring to trust game...


The teams also got to pracice on their 90 second pitch.



Now Play time is over, the teams will be working hard during the week-end; coding, designing, planning and executing!!   


Don't forget to check Seeqnce Facebook Page to see all the photos! 

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16 novembre 2011 3 16 /11 /novembre /2011 13:42


Day 2 of "The Execuion" was Design !

Part 1: "Design Thinking & Rapid Prototyping: Tammam Yamout of Penguin Cube

The teams were drawing their imaginary washing machines, there were designs targeting kids, people in a hurry, illiterate people, busy businessmen . Some designs could detect different colours automatically, communicate with the user, and have voice interaction to guide the user, some even came with sound effects like the porsche sound.


There were really amazing features and very creative ideas!

Part 2:  Minimum Viable Product: Samer Karam of Seeqnce


Samer Karam explained @Seeqnce 's 3x3 principle: 3 features, 3 tests, 3 shortcuts for a minimum viable product.


It was an amazing workshop, still two workshop days to go before the 48h bootcamp!!

Don't forget to Like Seeqnce on Facebook and to follow the hashtag #TheExecution on twitter to know all about the competition!


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15 novembre 2011 2 15 /11 /novembre /2011 14:15




The training phase of "The Execution" started yesterday, the 11 teams were present, getting ready to discuss, debate, and pitch their ideas.

The training started with Michel Nehme of Cedrus Ventures explaining the do's and don'ts of business to the teams, also talking about target markets and Ads for their target markets. 


Followed by Michel El Meouchi of Badri & Salim Law Firm explaining the Startup Law to the 44 entrepreneurs.



It was a very active training with role playing, the teams were asking each other questions and taking opinions. 

The winners of yesterday's GEW Launch Partners' Pitch Competition were:

  • 1st place with 28 votes: MIT
  • 2nd Place with 20 votes: BAU
  • 3rd place with 19 votes: BADER
  • 4th place with15 votes: Seeqnce 
  • 5th place with 14 votes: Toastmasters


Stay tuned for Day II this afternoon, and don't forget to follow the hashtag #TheExecution on twitter for a live update.



H.E. Minister of Telecommunications Nicolas Sehnaoui is confirmed to lead the Jury of "The Execution" Lebanon's 1st Internet Startup Competition.





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11 novembre 2011 5 11 /11 /novembre /2011 20:29




Seeqnce, Lebanon's first internet startup accelerator, and Cedrus Ventures, are organizing a startup competition during the month of November 2011.

The Execution brings together developers, designers, and business persons from across the country to form teams, train and compete on executing their business ideas. The Competition is open to all professionals, freelancers, and students.

The participants will be between 24 and 48 select individuals who exhibit entrepreneurship traits in the Preparation Phase. The participants will form 6 to 12 teams, each team tackling one idea throughout The Execution to form a startup. The winning team's startup will receive valuable prizes worth over $10,000 and a convertible note investment [from Cedrus Ventures] along with expert advisory [from Seeqnce] to help them mature the product over the course of 3 months.


The Registration deadline was on November 9 and the Execution started on November 10, with the preparation part. 50 people attended, Ideas were submitted and 11 teams were formed.

Now things are heating up, and on Monday November 14 the training part will start with workshops during 4 days, each day will be covering a different topic:


  • Day 1: Business: business models, market analysis, investment strategies, etc.
  • Day 2: Product: minimum viable product, design thinking, rapid prototyping, user experience, etc. [in talks with IDEO & Eric Ries]
  • Day 3: Marketing: mainstream marketing strategies, social media marketing, communications and honing the message, etc.
  • Day 4: Team: teamwork, entrepreneurial mindset, leadership, selling, etc...

The workshops will be followed by a Bootcamp week-end (November 18-20), teams will have to develop a working prototype of their product within 48 hours and at the end of the week-end, the winning team will be selected.

The winning team will be the one that executed best their web or mobile application business idea.

And on November 25, "The Execution" will end with a party announcing the winning team.

For more information, you can check Seeqnce Facebook page.


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