Kuwait

KUWAIT
SAVOUR: EVERYTHING FOOD.


 

APPLY FOR SPRING 2018 COHORT

MEET 2017 COHORT

SAVOUR VENTURES

Now Accepting Applications for Spring 2018 Cohort

Savour is the Middle East’s first accelerator focused on the food vertical: everything from ag-tech to food distribution, consumer apps, goods and services. As such it is named, Savour: Everything Food.

Working together, Savour and Creative Startups bring MENA a world-class accelerator and experienced food executive team to support startups through:

➤ Mentorship: Access and workshops with food industry thought and business leaders

➤ Investment: Up to $50,000KD for 15-20% equity stake

➤ Network: Access to a network of leading food companies, investors and press

➤ Curriculum: Based on years of learnings from Creative Startups Accelerator

➤ Co-working Space: Collaborative co-working with like-minded entrepreneurs

Applications: November 15 - January 25, 2018
Course: March 18 - April 26
Deep Dive: May 6 - 10

 

 

What are the dates?

 

Workshops, Mentorship & Online Course: March 18 - April 11, 2018
Throughout the six weeks, startups will engage in an online learning environment with video lectures, readings, and assignments. 
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6-9pm, the cohort will meet in person in Baltimore for mentor sessions, workshops, and peer discussions.

Deep Dive: May 6 - 10, 2018
The Deep Dive is an intensive final week of the Accelerator program. During this week startups will spend time working 1:1 with mentors, hands-on workshops, perfecting their business pitch, and more. Startups are expected to engage in full-day activities for the entire week. 

 How do I apply?
 

We are accepting applications until January 25, 2018. 

You can start your application and continue at your own pace up until the deadline. The application will auto-save your answers!

Apply here for consideration in the Spring 2018 Kuwait cohort. 

 

Is this program restricted to only MENA residents?

 

No, but select teams need to be able to relocate to Savour's co-working space in the food capital of the Middle East, Kuwait City. There the companies will find their product/market fit, prepare to get fully funded, and work with us to scale their business.

 

Is there funding? What does the program cost?

No

There is no fee to apply, and the program does not cost anything to attend. 

Savour provides the following funding in exchange for 10%-20% equity:
$50,000 investment via a safe (simple agreement for future equity)

 

What types of companies should apply?

 

Savour works with early stage food-related companies in the “product-market fit” stage (ie. there is a good market with a product/service that can satisfy that market). There is a focus on companies that affect positive change and disruption in the food system. Companies from any part of the food supply chain are considered, including but not limited to farming, ag-tech, food distribution, retail, wellness, consumer packaged goods, food-related apps, and green/clean tech.

 

What you'll need to apply

 
  • Founder resumes, cvs, and/or bios - this application requires individual founders to submit their own info on a few of the questions.
  • Basics on your company's customers, audience, recent achievements, revenue, investment and growth potential. We do not ask for your financial statements.
  • A camera phone so you can make a short, 4 minute video to tell us about your company and why you're interested in the program. The video does not need to be 

We ask a lot of questions - but is so we can get a whole picture of your company, your vision, and milestones to date. Once your video is done and you have your basics in hand, it shouldn't take you longer than an hour or two to fill out the application.

 

How long does the program last?

 

Creative Startups Accelerators are essentially 10 weeks in duration.  Additionally, mentorship of startups continues throughout the year.

Week 1: On-Boarding & Orientation
Week 2 - 7: Six weeks of Classes
Week 8: Prep for Deep Dive
Week 9: Deep Dive
Afterward: Follow up with “best fit” Mentors

 

 

MEET THE KUWAIT TEAM

Messilah Ventures was founded in 2016. Based in the food capital of the GCC, Kuwait, Messilah Ventures invests in local food startups and incubates them through the first leg of their growth journey.

Rashid Sultan is the founder and partner of Messilah Ventures. Previously, Rashid led the turnaround of both Wendy’s Middle East and Costa Coffee Kuwait for Alghanim Industries. Prior to that Rashid held several roles at The Sultan Center, including running their portfolio of convenience stores and being responsible for their expansion into new territories and formats.

Rashid started his career in New York, in the investment banking division of Goldman Sachs. Rashid holds an MBA from London Business School, where he concentrated his studies on the need for Venture Capital in the GCC, and received his undergraduate degree in Economics from The University of Chicago.

“We decided to partner with Creative Startups for three reasons – their curriculum, their mission, and most importantly their team. By focusing on one of Kuwait’s exportable competitive advantages – food – Messilah Ventures hopes to enrich the startup ecosystem in the Gulf by assisting startups to face everyday challenges with confidence and move successfully onto the next stage of business growth.”

- Rashid Sultan
Founder, Messilah Ventures