Sanabil 500 MENA

Seed Accelerator

Take your business to the next level in MENA

What is the Sanabil 500 MENA Seed Accelerator?

500 is looking for the next generation of talented entrepreneurs in MENA through this brand new program designed for early-stage startups.

The Accelerator will run in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia for 12 weeks beginning September 26th, 2021.

Participants in the program will receive tailored mentoring, world-class programming, an equity investment, and more.

We're Looking for Startups That Meet All of the Following Criteria:

Are early-stage, technology-enabled companies

Are located within the MENA region 

Have some traction and a working product

The program offers founders:
Mentorship and programming
Dedicated mentorship and tailored programming for 12 weeks
Equity investment
Equity investment of USD $100,000 for selected startups
Global network access
Access to 500’s global network of founders, community events, partners and more
Application Process

Applications open on June 29th, 2021. The deadline to apply is July 22nd, 2021.*


The 500 team reviews all applications carefully. We will reach out to schedule an interview if there is a potential fit.


If there’s a fit, we will respond with a decision prior to launching on September 26th, and onboard enrolled startups to our community channels.

*Please take into consideration the short duration for application submission. At this time, we are prioritizing founders who are eager and committed to applying for the program without delay.


  • Program Duration: 12 weeks

  • Applications Open: June 29, 2021

  • Applications Close: July 22, 2021

  • Program Starts: September 26, 2021

Interested in applying? Apply now

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