Rhiannon Downie-Hurst saves every bride’s day as the region’s first wed-entrepreneur!

Rhiannon Downie-Hurst saves every bride’s day as the region’s first wed-entrepreneur!

A personal journey became a professional discovery for Rhiannon Downie-Hurst who realized she wasn’t exactly the relaxed bride she thought she would be just days before her wedding. Everywhere she turned for answers and solutions, more questions were the result. She realized this would be the issue that other brides-to-be could be facing too – especially for those unable to hire wedding planners or who were shopping on a budget. This quandary made her realize that this region could do with a go-to hub for everything wedding related. She then decided to launch www.BrideClubMe.com as a comeback to her pre-wedding worries, which were of course taken care of as soon as she decided to take the reins of her wedding in her own hands. Her website provides information on the legalities of the wedding process, the suppliers, vendors, photographers along with essential listings that include reputed international suppliers alongside upcoming events and exhibitions happening in the region and around the world. Apart from listings, the site offers a forum where members can exchange information and update each other on the latest around town. Experts also offer their advice and tips to readers with queries. The website has also linked up with companies who wish to market their services through this online platform, in the form of competitions and giveaways. The main aim of Rhiannon has been to uplift, educate and inspire brides-to-be and those working alongside them. As an entrepreneur, the business is growing leaps and bounds, but as a concept, this was the first in the region that served as a base for all wedding wishes and brides-to-be....
Skip the scouting – VoucherSkout, the ultimate voucher app is in town!

Skip the scouting – VoucherSkout, the ultimate voucher app is in town!

An advertising genius by profession, David Tobias was re-bitten by the creative bug when he realized that the market is only abuzz with vouchers and discounts catering to groups or pairs. The one thing missing was an easy-to-understand voucher system that catered to a single individual, with a simple, structured pay-as-you-go payment mode. As business partners at Acumen Advertising, Tobias and Alia Khalifa Al Nabooda opted for a business model that offered 50% off everything irrespective of the offer. This concept directly competes with those who are offering group rates or 2-for-1 vouchers. The app also makes VoucherSkout credits available that lets the customer redeem one voucher in return. With the explosion of vouchers and discounts that are available today, VoucherSkout comes across as a refreshing offering. Since this app has hit the market, the number of downloads has been growing leaps and bounds, with 5000 users having already registered since September 6th. With so much potential for growth, the figures are seen consistently rising, with more appealing future offerings in store. More specifically, 600 offers are now on the app, made available by 150 merchant partners in totality. These are growing figures, especially with older vendors constantly reoffering their discounts and new vendors being open to making VoucherSkout a platform for opportunities of growth, marketing and visibility. As a startup, this is still in the up and coming stages, but with Dubai being the base for this new business, and with a wide array of business services, products and offerings to maximize on, there couldn’t be a better place to get started. To know more about this app,...

IATA NDC Hackathon| October,14-15th 2016

IATA NDC Hackathon – powered by SquareCircle Tech Baseline: “Take airline retailing to the next level”   Registration at Website: http://www.ndchack.com/ Eventbrite: http://ndchack-dxb.eventbrite.com Official Hashtag: #NDCHack Host: Emirates Group Venue: Emirates Group HQ Building – Emirates Metro Station (Red Line) – Level 2 – The Atrium.   Event Description IATA invites talented Developers, Designers, Marketers, Idea Generators, Futurists to a very special event to transform both Business & Leisure travel experience: The IATA NDC Hackathon hosted at Emirates Group HQ and Powered by SquareCircle Tech. Are you looking for some challenges? On 14-15 October join the adventure to build a travel app or solution through IATA’s New Distribution Capability (NDC) APIs. Your objective? Create your own project to ensure a better travel experience and learn about the standard! Your creation toolkit will be comprising NDC APIs including Emirates, British Airways, Condor and IATA NDC sandboxes and any tools that you would like to use. There are just two rules to bear in mind. Use/address at least: One: NDC API Two: One of the four challenges around Big Data, Personalized Airline Retailing for Corporates, Increased Loyalty and the Traveler Journey   The Hackathon will comprise three steps: Ideation Phase (6-13 October) Join the platform to ask questions to mentors other participants in order to refine your ideas, gain advice, and shape your project! Once you have registered to the event, you will receive an invitation via email to join the platform and attend to webinars or communicate with mentors. Hackathon Days (14-15 October) A total of 28 hours to build a project by using all available resources and tools to...

FashTech: Developer Bootcamp | September, 29th 2016

Please note, as seats are limited an RSVP does not guarantee you a spot. You must RSVP on- https://www.meetup.com/Bluemix-Dubai/events/234264932/ enter your email and receive a confirmation to attend.  FashTech: Developer Bootcamp is a pre-hackathon Bluemix Bootcamp for developers attending the FashTech Startup Weekend at IBM Design Studios (https://www.meetup.com/Startup-Weekend-Dubai-2016/events/234143428/) where top experts, designers and developers guide the participants this year to create the best MVP’s of their wearables, design and technology products. Agenda Who should attend Web or mobile developers Techies from Startups/Entrepreneurs Student developers Coders eager to learn more about Watson or working with some cool technology for fashion & design All are welcome and must bring their own laptop for the bootcamp. You will need a Bluemix account for the hands-on sessions during the day. Sign up for one at https://console.ng.bluemix.net/  About the...
An anchor for many – this new startup in Dubai is already Making Waves!

An anchor for many – this new startup in Dubai is already Making Waves!

Weaving together inspiring success and struggle stories is what this new startup is all about, and it’s already creating ripples in the region. Neha Choudhary – founder of the local venture Making Waves, has already gathered nearly 7,500 followers and 500 subscribers after the company’s launch in June 2016. By collating a series of videos on upcoming and established entrepreneurs, Making Waves has invested in talent empowerment and local entrepreneurship, offering them a platform to market themselves to a serious audience while inspiring the rest. Capturing the mobile video market, Making Waves creates and uploads one free video about local businesses and their owners which could be used by them for marketing purposes but any new video production thereafter, will involve a charge. It’s a straightforward business model with powerful potential for advertising and growth. Having worked at J.P Morgan in Singapore, Neha brought forth her financial knowledge and business capabilities along with her entrepreneurship spirit to her venture. Her advice for newbies planning to make a head start into the world of business is to discuss, share and operate from a place of passion rather than from fear – fear of someone stealing your ideas. Her second piece of advice is to avoid going for a business idea where the only goal is to make money, but instead choose passion with the intent of solving a practical problem. Last but not the least, she advises startup entrepreneurs to be patient, as owning your own business may seem glamorous to others, but the initial journey is quite lonely. An initiative of sorts, this young and buzzing entrepreneur is definitely...