StartUpSecrets is aiming to nurture the skills of students and young entrepreneurs.

StartUpSecrets is aiming to nurture the skills of students and young entrepreneurs.

In a recent conference on Wednesday held at the University of Wollongong in Dubai, Entrepreneurs shared valuable insight and tips with students. The university hopes the series will boost the entrepreneurial and start-up culture amongst its students.   The main purpose of StartUpSecrets is to nurture the skills of aspiring entrepreneurs by giving students a chance to meet start-up founders.   “A lot of students here want to do something for themselves but often lack mentorship. With events like this, they learn from already successful entrepreneurs on what it takes to execute ideas,” said Ammar Al Mamri, organiser of the event and president of the student representative council of the university. The panel of speakers shared their journeys and experiences whilst setting up a company, in addition to giving key insights on various funding opportunities, support institutions, and the regulatory framework present in the entrepreneurial ecosystem of the country. Sahar Abdullah, senior manager at Dubai SME, discussed its initiatives that were aimed particularly at students wanting to start their own businesses, such as the annual Young Entrepreneurs Competition that allows students in the UAE to run their own business through a stand in a shopping mall for a number of days. She also answered questions about the funding framework and membership criteria about their SME incubators and incentive schemes. “I think this is a very exciting time to be a start-up in the UAE. There are a lot of support institutions and opportunities present for aspiring business owners in the country — but not enough knowledge about them, and we want to fix that.,” said Dr Ritu Sehgal, Assistant...

Get a match for all your transportation needs in seconds with Load-Me.com

Load-Me.com is an online marketplace designed for shipments and trucks, where logistics professionals get in contact with each other and can carry out freight exchanges in real-time. It gives you instant access to a large pool of live information about the available freights as well as trucks across the Middle East. In a recent conversation with Sebastian Stefan, CEO about the inspiration behind the idea, he said, “I wanted to find a solution to a real problem. When I came to Dubai in 2010, I was working as a Sales Manager. The main challenge was to find the right transporter for your products. And that process along with quotations took a week. Due to this, 3 out of 4 orders used to get rejected because the truck couldn’t be loaded on time. Also 80% of the trucks travelled empty on their way back. This is where I found an opportunity like freight exchange marketplace. It’s more like an Uber for trucks.” Load-Me was first launched in UAE in 2015, followed by Saudi Arabia and now holds a presence in the GCC region. A huge advantage of Load-Me is tapping into the 80% of the trucks who return empty and maximizing the utilization of equipment, products and services. Load-Me further plans to diversify the products it offers and expand the scope of business in other regions. They also plan on building an annual contract system and launch new features for urgent shipments.   About Dubai as a market, he stated, “Dubai is a very stable market. And it helps me as an entrepreneur to make more healthy and informed decisions...

DUBAI-AMSTERDAM Startup Pitches and Investor Roundtable session|17th Jan

On behalf of Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) and StartupAmsterdam, we cordially invite you to the DUBAI-AMSTERDAM Startup Pitches and Investor Roundtable session. This session is part of the Amsterdam to GCC Startup Programme, organized by StartupAmsterdam in collaboration with GCC-based startup organizations, including DCCI. DUBAI-AMSTERDAM STARTUP PITCHES AND INVESTOR ROUNDTABLE SESSION Tuesday 17 January 2017 12:00 – 4:00 pm at the Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Baniyas Road – Deira, Dubai Get inspired by innovative pitches of an exclusive selection of startups from Amsterdam and the UAE. The aim is to exchange knowledge and explore startup collaboration and opportunities between the GCC region and Amsterdam. The pitch session will be followed by a roundtable during which you can meet and connect with the selected startups, investors and other startup influencers from the UAE and Amsterdam, including the directors of StartupAmsterdam and the Amsterdam Chief Technology Officer. The first selected Amsterdam-based startups are: ProctorExam – Easy to use surveillance platform in order to facilitate high-stake online exams Upinion – With Upinion you can ask and answer question, do market research and polling, give feedback and collaborate on ideas. Cabture – Adding value to “lost travel time” by using technology that maps the passenger journey and creates personal travel experiences. amsterdam-gcc-bootcamp-participants-booklet-16-12-2016-1 The UAE-based startups will be announced soon This session is part of the official economic trade mission to the Gulf Region (GCC), organized by the City of Amsterdam. To RSVP, please email: Yeni Joseph at Y.Joseph@amsterdam.nl RSVP before 15th January 2017. Please note, this invitation is strictly personal and non-transferable.        Name: First Name Last Name E-mail:Phone:...