The inaugural edition of AIM Startup, which is an initiative by the Ministry of Economics, will be launched alongside the 7th Edition of the Annual Investment Meeting (AIM) to be held on 2-4 April at the Dubai World Trade Center.
The platform is aimed to attract entrepreneurs from across the globe to present their innovations, business ideas, products and services. This platform will allow the participants to gain unique exposure and networking opportunities. Knowing that startups play an integral role in the growth of any economy, AIM Startup will serve as a strategic platform to build a link between promising startups and their potential partners and investors.
“AIM 2017 will bring together government officials, local, regional and international investors and industry leaders. Hence we are optimistic on the significance of opening this elite meeting to youth and entrepreneurs with vibrant profile at the sidelines of AIM. The UAE includes some of the leading incubators for innovative projects and for startups, worldwide. Our government, with its visionary initiatives has always supported new ideas, which has enabled a competitive and progressive UAE economy,” said HE Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri, UAE Minister of Economy.
Participants of AIM Startup 2017 will have this unique opportunities to share ideas, gain access to networking opportunities with industry stalwarts and investors, and also gain knowledge and insight from engaging and informative seminars.
“Underscoring innovation and competitiveness, AIM Startup is a newly established forum to be held in conjunction with AIM 2017. The innovators of today are paving the way for tomorrow’s future addressing global challenges through the creation of technological applications, and so it is important to provide a valuable platform to showcase those solutions to the right audience. That audience being the thought leaders of our time as well as investors and potential partners that can help to make such solutions available to the masses.” said Dawood Al Shezawi, CEO, AIM Organizing Committee.
AIM Startup will also include an Innovation Showcase Exhibition where one of the features will be a Startup Pitch Competition in order to identify the most promising and disruptive business ideas. The grand prize is set at a total of a grand 30,000$ in addition to other valuable prizes to be granted by AIM Startup event partners.
Al Shezawi concluded, “For these startup companies, we are playing the role of facilitators and connectors that will help to push them into wider horizons and markets, encouraging cross-border and cross-country trade, capital investment and valuable partnerships.”