ChefXChange Wins First Place at ArabNet 2016!

ArabNet is one of the first initiatives to support the Arab knowledge economy and startup ecosystems across the MENA region. They have a strong track record of running and organizing international conferences across the region, connecting businesses to promote growth in the digital world. Thus, it was a no brainer for ChefXChange to participate in ArabNet Beirut 2016The Conference was held at Hilton Beirut Habtoor Grand Hotel, March 1st-3rd.

Day 1

Day 1 was dedicated to design and coding. At the end of the day, our team went for pitch training with the rest of the Startup Demo and Ideathon participants.

Day 2

Day 2 started off with the opening ceremony with the presence of his excellency Dr. Alain Hakeem, Minister of Economy and Trade, His Excellency Boutros Harb, Minister of Telecommunications, Dr. Saad Andary, Second Vice-Governor at the Central Bank of Lebanon, and Omar Christidis, Founder and CEO of ArabNet.

We were selected to be among 11 startups to participate in the Startup Demo competition. Our lovely team setup a booth along other competitors, and raised awareness about our platform to potential clients, and investors. We were also interviewed by several TV and radio stations.



By mid-day, and after the Ideathon, our Co-Founder and CEO, Karl Naim, pitched ChefXChange to investors, professionals and entrepreneurs from across the world.



Throughout the day, a series of panels took place, covering a wide range of topics, from the Mobile Economy to AdContent and Video Production.

After a long day of hard work, it was time to wine and dine. ArabNet collaborated with Souk El Akel at Junkyard where delicious food, live music, and great conversations paved the way for stronger connections within the ecosystem.

Day 3

Soon enough it was time for Day 3, the final day. Our CXC team kicked off the day in full-force to increase visibility and awareness of the culinary experience that our platform offers.


Talks during the day covered Web & Mobile Apps, Big Data and Financial Technology. In the afternoon, the Creative Combat took place, where teams of 2 to 3 had to come up with a marketing strategy and call-to-action to raise awareness about E-Waste. The conference concluded with the the Startup Demo Award Ceremony, sponsored by Touch.


Lo and behold, ChefXChange won first place! Our fellow participants had great ideas, which made it a fierce competition. However, thanks to team effort, perseverance and determination, we managed to impress the judges! As part of our award, ChefXChange will have the chance to participate in ArabNet Digital Summit Dubai 2016, May 30-31.

We would like to thank ArabNet for organizing such a great event and giving us the opportunity to participate in it. We would also like to express our gratitude to Touch Lebanon for their sponsorship. Last but not least, we would like to congratulate the other participants for their great ideas!