MENA Digital Summer School 2023 for Aspiring Innovators

Last Updated on July 7, 2023

MENA Digital Summer School 2023

The MENA Digital Summer School is a hybrid seminar targeting aspiring innovators from the MENA region in the field of digital transformation.

The course aims at providing MENA relevant best of class learning. It uses cases and business contacts that will enable drivers of digital change of the region to develop their transformation projects, initiatives, and policies successfully. MENA DSS brings together like-minded people from different crafts and professional backgrounds. The course will include practical modules on data management, machine learning, strategic planning, design and management methods, transformation management, AI; technical foresight, smart cities, as well as tackling socio-economic issues of digitization in the MENA region.

Moreover, field visits to communities and sessions with experts and leaders in the spheres of business, politics, economy, culture, academia, and media in Germany are offered. The course will also provide electives that relate to the projects/aspirations of the participants (e.g. MENA-platform strategies, digital culture, women in tech-networks, and more).


  • The scholarship covers course participation as well as flight costs, accommodation, and travel costs during the in-person module in Germany.


  • Participants of the MENA Digital Summer School will be particularly successful graduate students and young entrepreneurs between the age of 20 and 40, who show particular promise in their respective fields of endeavour.
  • Applicants shall be nationals of the following states and currently reside in their country of origin or another state of the MENA region (Middle East & North Africa): Mauretania, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Sudan, Yemen, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Palestinian Territories, Iraq, Djibouti, Comoros, member states of the GCC).
  • Participants are expected to apply with a project idea for digital innovation.


This is a highly selective two-stage admission process. Applicants passing the first stage will be invited to a short online interview on July 24-29. Admission cannot be guaranteed even if candidates fulfil all legal requirements. Even in case of an admission, the Candid Foundation cannot guarantee a visa and does not assume any liability or warranty.

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Deadline: July 17, 2023.

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