DUBAI: Dubai Startup Hub, an initiative of Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry, and Dubai Technology Entrepreneur Campus (Dtec), a wholly owned tech co-working space by Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority (DSOA), today announced the winning candidates of the first phase of the Emirati Development Programme (EDP).
Sultan Alhosani and Fahad Alzarooni of TutorMe, a platform connecting highly qualified tutors to students; Alanoud Mubarak of CoDevelop, a provider of digital services and products; Hassan Kiyany of Editvid, an on-demand video creation service platform powered by humans and artificial intelligence;Latifa Bin Haider of Baytuki, an AI-driven smart real estate platform; and RoudhaAlawadhi of Mzarrai; a fashion retailer, were selected as the top 5 winners of the pitch competition.The winners will receive one-on-one mentorship support to grow their business ventures.
During the first phase of the programme, 30 Emirati entrepreneurs took part in theEDP Training & Mentorship Academy, a four-week training programme hosted by Dubai Startup Hub and Dtec, designed to help aspiring entrepreneurs learn about pitching, business canvassing, customer validation, sales and other topics of importance for startups.
The training sessions werefollowed by a pitch competition, in which participants presented their business concepts to an expert panel of judges. The panel of judges was joined by Ghanim Al Falasi, Senior Vice President – People Happiness& Innovation, Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority; Hans Henrik Christensen, Vice President of Dtec; Natalia Sycheva, Manager of Entrepreneurship at Dubai Chamber; Mohamed Sabouneh, Program Director, Startupbootcamp and Dr IhabFikry, CEO of Almentor FZCO;
Speaking on the participants that took part in the program, Hans Christensen said: “It’s refreshing and reassuring to witness such talented entrepreneurs develop and present innovative solutions to real-world challenges. We are proud of the extent of research the participants did to reach their final proposition, the enthusiasm in which they presented, and the flexibility to adjust as they progressed. Their one-of-a-kind businesses, coupled with the ambition these entrepreneurs hold, is a formula for success. As a tech-focused coworking space, Dtec is always on the lookout for individuals of this calibre with unique business ideas, to nurture them to realization and support them in reaching new horizons of achievement.”
Addressing the winning candidates, Hans added: “Congratulations on the successful completion of the Emirati Development Program, and we look forward to hosting you at Dtec for continued mentorship. We are keen on witnessing the next phase of your businesses’ growth.”
Natalia Sycheva, Manager of Entrepreneurship at Dubai Chamber, said the first phase of the Emirati Development Programme achieved its objectives as the participants gained valuable knowledge and skills needed to launch successful businessesand join existing startups.
“We are very encouraged by the high calibre of participants who participated in the first phase of the programme. Over the last four weeks, these aspiring entrepreneurs have gained new perspectives,fostered collaborations and built a solid foundation for innovative business concepts that show true potential. We look forward to seeing these unique ideas develop further into thriving businesses,” said Sycheva.
The Emirati Development Programmeaims to encourage UAE nationalsto participate in the private sector by identifying and developing their skills through specialised training and providing them with the necessary knowledge and experience in entrepreneurship.
Established by Dubai Chamber in 2016, Dubai Startup Hub is the first initiative of its kind in the Middle East and North Africa region, offering a wide range of programmes catering to the changing needs of Dubai’s entrepreneurial community.