Phase 1: Online competition Dates: Early Fall 2019 The Innovation Challenge in this early phase will be an online startup competition vary themed challenges (ie water, energy, food) and will source innovative idea-stage businesses. Phase 2: Entrepreneur Ecosystem Exchange Dates: Fall 2019 Impact XL Middle East, a four day event coordinated by EWC alumni and EWC Professional Development Program, will work in partnership with different incubators, accelerators and event organizers to connect investors, startups, regional accelerators with customized leadership curriculum of the East-West Center. Participants will be finalists of the online startup competition, the Middle East Innovation Challenge in Phase 1. Four (4) teams will advance to the startup accelerator program through a peer selection process facilitated at the event. Phase 3: Startup Accelerator Program Dates: Late Fall 2019 The Accelerator program of the Innovation Challenge will contain four (4) teams who won the Innovation Challenge of Phase 1&2 . Teams will utilize seed funding to scale their enterprise and receive mentor-ship from the EWCA chapter and our partners. Through this phase; teams will work with Founder Institute to build up their businesses and launch off the ground.