Apply Now for Dubai Smartpreneur Competition!

Lynn Bizri, Mar 31 2017

Are you a UAE – based entrepreneur with an idea that can help make Dubai a smarter, happier city?

Apply Now for a Chance to Win

In line with the vision of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum to transform Dubai into smart city, the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry in association with the Smart Dubai Office have launched the second edition of the Dubai Smartpreneur Competition last month.

At the launch event, a panel discussion was held focusing on the progress achieved by the UAE government on smart city and innovation-focused initiatives, as well as the initiatives expected to drive sustainable growth in the future. During the event, winners of the first edition of the competition, which included Sebastian Stephen, CEO of, and Murshed Mohammad, co-founder of ‘I Want’, also shared their experience with the competition and talked about how it helped them turn their business ideas into a reality.

The competition is open to all entrepreneurs based in the UAE, however the business ideas must belong to the following areas covered under the Smart Dubai mandate: smart economy, smart living, smart mobility, smart governance, smart environment and smart people. The entries will be critiqued by a high-level jury panel, and participants who qualify will then attend a two-day workshop on sector-specific training, mentorship, building relationships, and developing a full business plan.

This year, the competition is being held with the support of Dubai Start Up Hub, in collaboration with IBM, and the final pitches for the 10 finalists will be held at Arabnet Digital Summit 2017 with the results will be announced in the closing ceremony. The top three winners have the chance to win cash prizes worth AED 150,000 ($40,000) and the opportunity to join Tejar Dubai entrepreneurship development program for a year.

The Dubai Smartpreneur Competition has become a key platform for recognizing and developing innovative ideas that have the potential to improve the local business environment and the wider society. The competition also gives entrepreneurs the opportunity to become part of Dubai’s transformation into a global benchmark smart city, supporting the vision of Smart Dubai to make Dubai the happiest city on earth through technology innovation.

Deadline to apply is April 8th, 2017.



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