Education Entrepreneurship Award | Queen Rania Award for Arab Education Entrepreneurs
Queen Rania
“The Arab world we want: an Arab world where entrepreneurs teach and teachers innovate”
Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah

The initial screening and assessment process of submitted applications are now over. 

Congratulations to our nominees! 



Semi Finalists


The Queen Rania Award for Education Entrepreneurship in the Arab World

At the Queen Rania Foundation, we see our role as solving for impact in Education, but we recognise that we can’t do this alone. We need a vibrant ecosystem of education entrepreneurs, one that collectively pushes the wheel of education reform. 

For this reason, we are running a competition to recognise the achievements and potential of the ‘home-grown’ education businesses in the Arab World who combine social impact with sustainable business models. The winners will be announced by Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan.

We have $200,000 to award in the form of grants, to help the winners accelerate their growth plans.

Enter The Competition

How to Enter

To enter you need to meet our eligibility criteria. You need to:

Have more than an idea or a prototype - that is, you should already be providing products or services, and have a meaningful number of users
Be headquartered in the Arab region
Be primarily benefiting learners in the Arab world


Submit your application by November 10th. We will accept submissions in either Arabic or English.


How We Will Assess Submissions

The assessment criteria that we will use are set out here. An initial screening of your application to make sure it fits our eligibility criteria, and to assess its overall potential, will be made by a team at the Queen Rania Foundation. Applications that make it through the initial screening will then be scored by our assessment panel.


Competition Timeline

Accepting Submissions
September 10 - November 10
Reviewing Submissions
November 11 - November 25
Contacting Finalists
December 1 - January 7
Choosing Winner
February 2019

Meet The Panel


Said Darwazah

Chairman of Hikma Pharmaceuticals, Chairman of Queen Rania Foundation
النسخة المصغرة

Amir Farha

Managing Partner, at Beco Capital
النسخة المصغرة

Humaid Abdulla

Senior Director, Ministry of Education, UAE

Hanan Al Hroub

Winner of Global Teacher Prize 2016

Hasan Haider

Partner, 500 Startups

Samar Nazzal

Robotics and Physics Teacher, and Varkey Global Teacher Award Finalist

Karen Lien

Head of Programs at Promise Venture Studio

Carla Aerts

Director of Futures, at University College, London

Shika Goyal

Investment Adviser, at the Omidyar Network

Heather Matranga

Manager, at Village Capital Innovations

Vijay Kumar

Executive Director, at J-WEL



We received 800 great applications from all over the MENA region. All applications were reviewed by a team of experts based on the specified criteria and the highest scoring applications were chosen for the next round. 




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