GoDubai
  
  
  
  
Citylife > Press Release
  Home Contact us Add to Favourites
Most Recent Postings
More Press Releses
Featured Sections

Event Finder
A daily roundup of exhibitions, promotions and other events in Dubai and the rest of the Emirates.
Submit an Event
Latest Dubai Press Releases >> Entertainment

 
  Share
  • Winners announced during prestigious ceremony at ArabNet Digital Summit in Dubai
  • Top three winners received cash prizes and access to training and support

Dubai, UAE, May 18, 2017:  The Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry announced on Wednesday the top three winners of the 2nd cycle of the Dubai Smartpreneur Competition during the closing ceremony for the 5th ArabNet Digital Summit in Dubai.

FriendyCar, a marketplace for borrowing and lending cars, claimed the first-place prize, while second place went to CorporateStack, a web-based solution for managing business operations. Nester, a parking rental marketplace that connects parking owners with people, placed third.
The winners were honoured by H.E. Dr. Aisha Bin Bishr, Director General of Smart Dubai Office, Mr. Essa Al Zaabi, Senior Vice President - Institutional Support Sector, Dubai Chamber and General Coordinator of Tejar Dubai, in the presence of business leaders and representatives from Dubai's entrepreneurial community.

During his welcome speech, Al Zaabi praised the innovative ideas and projects presented by participants and finalists in the competition, noting that their efforts support Dubai's smart city vision and add value to people's lives. He explained that entrepreneurship and innovation are key focuses of Dubai Chamber's strategy, and described the Smartpreneur competition as an important platform that merges these two themes together.  

'This competition aims to empower talented entrepreneurs and facilitate their contribution to Dubai Smart Office's mission, while it also helps them turn their innovative business ideas into a reality,' said Al Zaabi, adding that the Chamber will continue to support participants with training and assistance to help them get their businesses off the ground. 

H.E. Bin Bishr said: 'I am proud of the ideas and projects that have been put forward by young entrepreneurs who have innovative, creative and pioneering skills. By launching Dubai Smartpreneur Competition, we aimed to support and develop the leadership and enterprise spirit among the youth.”

'We at Smart Dubai strive to bolster the contribution of the youth to Dubai's process of development and smart transformation. To this effect, we seek to attract outstanding ideas and provide the necessary support for young entrepreneurs with a view to achieving the goals of the National Agenda for Youth,” she added.

Following the announcement, Abdulrahman Elgamal of FriendyCar  said that his experience in the competition enabled him to gain valuable experience and exposure to many venture capital firms in the region, and added that he hopes to eventually expand the business to the rest of the GCC and Middle East region.

Osama Mortada, CEO and Co-founder of CorporateStack said: “Our ambition after such a great achievement is to grow CorporateStack and become the catalyst for SMEs. I encourage young entrepreneurs who believe in their ideas to join the competition. It's a journey full of passion and experience that will benefit them regardless of whether they win the competition or not.”

Although the competition provided plenty of incentives, Nicolas Guillon, Co-founder of Nester, said access to coaching and training sessions was the most beneficial part, and noted that Dubai Chamber's support helped him succeed in executing the project.

Dubai Chamber received more than 700 innovative ideas during the second cycle of the Smartpreneur competition, a 100% percent increase compared to the first cycle. A total of 50 submissions were originally shortlisted by an expert panel of judges, and the top 10 finalists were invited to pitch their ideas during the final round at ArabNet 2017.

Joining the panel of judges were Mr. Tarek Daouk, CEO – Middle East, Starcom, Mr. Khalid Al Razooqi, General Director of Dubai Police's Smart Services Department, and Mr. Eyad Al Kourdi, UAE Country head for Mastercard Worldwide. 

The competition was open to all UAE nationals and residents, and required participants to submit business ideas that support one of the Smart Dubai dimensions, namely smart economy, smart living, smart mobility, smart governance, smart environment, smart people and smart ICT infrastructure.
Other ideas that qualified for the final round included Drivu, a car service for restaurants; commercial shipping platform TruKKer Technologies; WYN for digital business training; educational platform Big History Adventures; YallaShip, a bidding platform for cargo services; and NOW Money, which can provide current accounts to people who earn less than 5,000 dirhams.



Posted by : GoDubai Editorial Team
Viewed 12529 times
Posted on : Thursday, May 18, 2017  
Replication or redistribution in whole or in part is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of GoDubai.com.
Previous Story : Mika Singh and Daler Mehndi live in concert in Dubai on Friday, May 19
Next Story : Podium Finish for Portuguese World Champion
Email this article Print this article

Share this article with your friends and followers
NewsVine

Comments

Back to Top  
Most Viewed Press Release posted in the last 7 days
COLAB - Dry Shampoo
Timeless Ties
ORANGE & BERGAMOT Awaken the Cult Icon New Additions
FOREO delivers the ultimate festival survival kit for a glow-on-the-go.
The Perfect Gift Mark
New XE 300 Sport Edition Wins Gripping Ice Race
Get Vibrant and lively hair with Rahua's new Color Full Range
Filorga Mesotherapist Derma Roller
Palladio Beauty - a Professional Line of Botanical & Vitamin-Infused Cosmetics
Samsung launches Exciting Smartphone Trade-In Program with Galaxy S9 or S9+
Enhance skin radiance, smoothness and brightness in just 14 days, with the new J...
Summertime Beauty Picks at Glambeaute.com
Spring/Summer 18 Collection
du to Offer New 9.7-inch iPad With Apple Pencil Support
Skyline University College Economics Day 2018: One Step towards Tomorrow
Dubai-based Al Kasir Group launches three Crypto assets backed by diamonds
OPPO unleashes the new Selfie Expert F7 with a 25 MP AI powered selfie camera
New Blow Out Bar and Make-Up Studio SWISH by Immaclife Opens in Abu Dhabi in Apr...
Penny Scallan Design Launches in the Middle East
Pandora Shine Discover A New Way to Shine
Dubai Sports Council Pavilion a big hit at Bangkok SportAccord
A Royal Ramadan Experience by Master Chef Mama in Pullman Dubai Creek City Centre
Stylish Nursing wear at Mums and Bumps
Rolling Cones, a new luxury ice cream concept, launches at the Hyatt Regency Dub...
Pinky Goat Launches BROWME
MINI at Auto China Beijing 2018
The new BMW M2 Competition
Mumzworld Announce Recruitment Drive To Empower Women in the Middle East
Gifts for Ramadan at Hour Choice
Abu Dhabi Ship Building Company Launches Two 64-Meter Landing Ships for the Kuwa...
Toshiba Releases New, Powerful Surveillance and Video Streaming Internal Consume...
Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi Leads Sharjah Contingent to Kuwait Arab Media Forum
Exclusive, Limited‐Edition, Swiss‐Made Cryptocurrency Watches
Roger Dubuis Excalibur Aventador S Verde Mantis
10 Kg gold for 100 winners at Malabar Gold & Diamonds
Mido Ramadan Watch Collection
Olivia Burton Marble Florals - Embrace these styles for a new artistic way to wo...
Etihad Aviation Group Launches Four Initiatives To Commemorate The Year Of Zayed
The Beautiful Britain 2018
Pandora Spring Embrace Nature's Beauty
Genesis G70 Luxury Sedan Arrives in Middle East
Understanding what women want Balmain reveals the Madrigal Mini II
Big Time with Graham Chronofighter Grand Vintage
Adamavi - Elegant, Timeles S, and Reliable
Airport Show Attracts Influential Aviation Leaders for Global Airport Leaders Fo...
Huawei Brings the Most Coveted Smartphone - HUAWEI P20 Pro to the UAE
SUC Organized 10-Day Free IELTS Workshop for School Teachers and Students
April Marks Autism Awareness Month at Nursery Chain
Samsung Launches New Washing Machine with Groundbreaking QuickDrive™ Technology ...
Tommy Fleetwood joins OMEGA's line-up of golfing greats