GASC 2014

Call for Participation in the 2014 German-Arab Startup Competition (GASC 2014)
Sponsored by DAAD, Transformation Partnership Program

The German Arab Startup Competition (GASC 2014) is an international competition aimed at fostering entrepreneurship and promoting a “start-up culture" in universities in Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, and Germany. The organization committee of this competition is soliciting submissions describing startup ideas in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) domain from students, doctoral candidates or academic staff of universities in the countries listed above. Graduates who finished their studies not longer than 2 years ago are also eligible. Individuals and/or teams of up to 2 people are encouraged to submit their proposals.

Projects will be evaluated by an international jury based on a set of criteria including the viability and the novelty of the business idea. Accepted projects from the countries listed above will be invited to attend a training in Darmstadt, Germany in Mid September 2014. The exact dates will be announced later. The travel, accommodation, and training costs will be covered by the DAAD project "Fostering Entrepreneurial Spirit for Academic Innovations in Information Technology" in the context of the DAAD transformation partnership program.

  • July 6th, 2014: submission deadline
  • July 17th, 2014: announcement of the accepted projects
  • 11 to 15 October 2014: startup training for the accepted projects in Darmstadt, Germany


Hotel Reuterhof
Mainzer Str. 168 64293 Darmstadt, Germany
Tel: ( +49) 06151 9270
Fax: (+49) 06151 92751

Travel Information

  • Frankfurt Airport to Darmstadt by Bus

  • Darmstadt Train Station to Hotel:
    • Bus F: off get at station at the last station Haasstrasse
    • Bus 675 and 5513: get off at station Bunsenstrasse

  • Taxi from Darmstadt Main Station to Hotel: Approximate cost 8 euros.

Accepted Projects

  • Neargood, Morocco: Aymane Sennoussi
  • M-Health Discovery, Tunisia: Mahmoud Ben Jeddou and Mohamed Ouederni
  • SAMED, Tunisia: Moez Lachneb, Meriam Dhouibi and Faten Manai
  • QEYE, Egypt: Mahmoud Abdel Aziz, Mohamed Sayed, Mahmoud Kotb, Ahmed Medhat and Soha Samy
  • Grant FIT for diabetics, Tunisia: Chaima Ben Rabah, Khaled El Hmedi, Mohamed Ben Makhlouf, Marwen Dhemaied and Khadija Azzabi
  • e-Billet, Morocco: Zakariaa Boudfoust, Sabrine Brhili, Taoufik Elgamrani, Asma Yacoubi and Monssef Elfaghloumi
  • Semantic Intelligence, Tunisia: Mohamed Ali Hadj Taieb and Mohamed Ben Aouicha
  • O&G Tech, Tunisia: Mazen Chihaoui, Mohamed Amine Guettat and Raed Bouali
  • NEX, Morocco: Imad Touil and Salwa Zaikh
  • PricyMe, Morocco: Younes Hadry and Akram Fares
  • Aware Me, Egypt: Mohamed Kamal
  • Entangle, Egypt: Eslam Shala

Winner projects (Phase 2)

  • 1st Prize: QEYE, Egypt - Mahmoud Abdel Aziz, Mohamed Sayed, Mahmoud Kotb, Ahmed Medhat and Soha Samy
  • 2nd Prize: SAMED, Tunisia - Moez Lachneb, Meriam Dhouibi and Faten Manai
  • 3rd Prize: Neargood, Morocco - Aymane Sennoussi

Mostafa Preliminary Program

  • 11 October 2014: Training Prof. Dr. Michael Stephan.
  • 12 October 2014: Training Prof. Dr. Paul Alpar.
  • 13 October 2014: Training Dr. Sherwat Elwan Ibrahim.
  • 14 October 2014: Presentation of the accepted projects and the selection of the winners.

  • Sherwat Elwan, German University Cairo, Egypt
  • Jihene Makni, Sfax University, Tunisia
  • Mondher Kanfir, Wiki Start-Up, Tunisia
  • Abdellah Elmanouar, ENSIAS, Morocco
  • Mohamed Erradi, University of Mohammed V, Morocco
  • Anis Charfi, SAP Research, Germany
  • Bernd Freisleben, University of Marburg, Germany


  • Bernd Freisleben, Philipps-Universität Marburg , Germany (Co-chair)
  • Anis Charfi, SAP Research, Germany (Co-chair)
  • Slim Abdennadher, German University Cairo, Egypt
  • Mira Mezini, Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany
  • Mohamed Erradi, ENSIAS, University of Mohammed V, Morocco
  • Abdelmajid Ben Hamadou, ISIMS, University of Sfax, Tunisia
  • Mohamed Jmaiel, ENIS, University of Sfax, Tunisia
  • Slim Kallel, FSEGS, University of Sfax, Tunisia

You can download the program here.
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For further information please contact one of the organizers.