Abzal Assembekov, at just twenty-one years old, has already built an impressive portfolio to call his own, and has recently made it even better securing 2 nominations in the forthcoming Arabian Startup Awards 2016.
The Bachelor of Communications at Canadian University Dubai (CUD) has been shortlisted along with 5 other competitors for the Young Entrepreneur of the Year title. He will go head-to-head against other enterprises for the New Media Startup of the Year award, with his newest venture- Propertin360.co.
Assembekov has launched a number of successful technology-based startups in the region, and is already recognized in the UAE enterprise scene. In 2014, he won the Dubai Startup Weekend competition, going on to mentor fellow entrepreneurs the following year.
His latest start-up was created using his inspiration from one of his many other successful firms. Propertyin360.co is a mobile application that can create virtual tours using your smartphone camera. This app is designed for real-estate agencies and property owners who create several tours on a regular basis.
About the inspiration behind the idea Assembekov said, “The inspiration for this idea came from the fact that the real estate market is one of the best and fastest to grow with. We started thinking about how to make life easier for real estate agencies and at the same time make something that they would really want to use. Classified ads are not a new thing for them, so we had to come up with something that nobody had developed before – we are actually the first in the world to launch this kind of technology. There is an app from the UK, but to use that you need to buy their accessories. With our app, there is a stabilizer which shows how users should hold the phone to make the app take virtual tours effectively.”
Propertyin360.co was ranked among the top three finalists at the Step Conference 2016 and also won 3rd place at the Impact Hub CrowdFunDxb Pitch Competition. This idea has been generating a widespread interest within a very short period of time and has been listed among the top 50 UAE startups by Forbes Magazine.
A businessman at heart, Abzal also uses his entrepreneurial ability to support the local community. “I am always keen on doing something new and creating things that make life easier and better for people. We have sponsored the Al Ihsan Charity Association in Ajman, by developing a mobile application and website for them for free. We also support of MOAS – the Migrant Offshore Aid Station charity, by providing them with complimentary services to translate their website into Arabic.”
Abzal Assembekov is very diligent about his university education and expresses his gratitude to CUD for providing him with flexibility in his course, so he can work and study together. “I love that I can spend all day at the office and come to lectures in the evenings, where I am well educated by professors who understand their students and have a good approach towards education, which helps me combine study and work.”