Calling on UAE Entrepreneurs’ Involvement in Dubai Smart City

Mohamad Salhab, Apr 11 2016

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

Then you can pitch your idea to the Dubai Smartpreneur Competition, held by the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Smart Dubai Office.

Apply Now for a Chance to Win

Dubai Smartpreneur Competition was announced in March 2016, and is currently receiving applications. Upon submission, your idea can be selected to the final stages, gain financial rewards as well as a one-year mentorship program. The competition is engaging the entrepreneur community to support Dubai’s plan of becoming a wide-scale smart city.

The deadline for submission is April 28. Competitors must provide detailed descriptions of their ideas with respect to market growth, the need for their product or service, market evaluation and competitiveness, customer understanding, passion, execution, revenue generation, projected financial growth, and support of Smart Dubai vision.

A phase of shortlisting finalists, and conducting mentorship and training programs will follow, until the final winners will be announced on May 16.

A high profile panel of judges from Smart Dubai and Dubai Chamber will assess all applications. A total prize of AED 150,000 (around $40,000) has been allocated and is set to be distributed as AED 75,000, AED 50,000 and AED 25,000 amongst top 3 winners, respectively.

Furthermore, winners will get the opportunity to join the Tejar Dubai entrepreneurship development program, launched by the Dubai Chamber, for one year. The program is set up to support young Emirati entrepreneurial talent to enter and succeed in the world of business with their own commercial projects without hassles.

For Dubai’s Future

A smart city is more than just a sum of smart services in one location, rather, it is a fully-integrated urban and social ecosystem influencing all aspects of daily life (living, economy, mobility, governance, and environment). It is for this purpose, that Dubai is engaging young, creative minds to play a role in the transformation towards Smart Dubai, set to begin by mid-2017. 


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