Young Arab Leaders- UAE Chapter, host and platinum sponsor of Startup Weekend Dubai, announced the names of the four winning teams who participated at the event that was organized in Dubai with the aim of inspiring, educating and empowering youth to become businessmen and future leaders.
This year’s judges include: Hala Badri, Executive Vice President of Brand & Communications at DU; Ramez Shehadi, Partner Booz & Co & YAL board member; Muna Al Gurg, Director of Retail at Al Gurg Group & YAL Chairperson; Samih Toukan, Chairman at Jabbar Internet Group; and Reda Raad, COO at TBWA\RAAD & YAL member.
Salma Kayali, the Executive Director of YAL in the UAE and lead organizer of the Startup Weekend conference stated, “The Startup Weekend follows the same basic model everywhere. On the first day of the competition, participants get only 60-seconds to pitch their startup ideas. Following feedback, votes and discussions amongst their peers, a few teams form with the top ideas from the group. Then the 54-hour competition kick-offs with the teams creating business models, designing concepts and testing market validation. On the final day of the competition, five judges will vote for the best concept that meets the market’s needs and feasibility. The winners selected will win high-tech devices, financial and marketing mentorship packages, a social media campaign, hosting services and web development tools.” Also organizing the competition with Salma is Shaima BinTaliah, Khalifa Fund representative and Shaima Ghafoor, Girls in Tech representative and Manager at Yahoo.”
The first winner is Kidz Weekend, a web and mobile app for parents to reward their kids on the weekends for accomplishing assigned tasks during the week. The children collect stars that can be redeemed as rewards promised by the parents. The winning team received one Wamda card, TBWA/RAAD marketing package at a value of Dhs150k, Trade License at a value of Dhs20K & 3 hours mentorship by VirtuGroup, 1 Cisco RV180 Router, 3 Cisco leadership folders, and 3 tablets by Souq.com.
The second winner, Coco Events, empowers conference delegates to efficiently find the people who matter to them at the event – similar to the online dating concept but for conferences, added Salma. Prizes include one Wamda card, TBWA/RAAD marketing package at a value of Dhs150k, 1 Cisco Smart Switch, 1 tablet by Souq.com, and 2 Cisco leadership folders, and financial mentorship package by Eureeca Capital.
The third winner, Rent a Local, is a platform to connect worldwide travelers with locals through the world, offering them an authentic travel experience. Prizes include Social Media Kick Starter campaign by Ayman Itani, Windows Lumia 820 phone by Microsoft, invitation Oasis 500 Bootcamp free of charge and 3 hours mentorship package, 1 Cisco leadership folder, and 6 tablets by Souq.com.
Salma also added, “The Emirati Team with Best Social Impact Idea award category went to GaraJack, an application that helps motorists find the right garage according to their needs and find reviews done by peers and fellow motorist.”
Prizes include three weeks training at Khalifa Fund and the possibility of funding if they meet all criteria, Windows Lumia 820 phone by Microsoft, & two 1-hour mentorship sessions per month by Google. Startup Weekend is a global network of passionate leaders and entrepreneurs that come together in one room for a 54-hour-lock-in to share ideas, cultivate concepts, form teams and launch startups. The goal of the weekend is not only to inspire entrepreneurs to realize their dreams, start ventures and become future leaders, but it is also for youth and successful entrepreneurs to foster ongoing relationships with one another.
Along side Young Arab Leaders is Khalifa Fund, a second platinum sponsor, and gold sponsors: Du, TBWA/RAAD, Cisco, Eureeca Capital, VirtuGroup, Ayman Itani, Google, Yahoo!, and many other.
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