Dubai Smartpreneur 1.0 Competition

Competition Summary

The Dubai Smartpreneur Competition was launched in cooperation with the Smart Dubai Office to strengthen the role of entrepreneurs in transforming Dubai into a “smart city.”

Out of the 350 innovative ideas from over 40 countries around the world, the UAE emerged as the second largest contributor with 60 ideas coming in. 81% of the ideas were submitted by men and 19% by women. Out of the top 10 qualifying ideas, four came from the UAE, 3 from India, and one each from Romania, Zimbabwe, and the UK.

The competition required that the ideas fall under one of the following dimensions of the Dubai Smart City initiative including: Smart Economy, Smart Living, Smart Mobility, Smart Governance, Smart Environment, and Smart People. The dimension with the highest percentage of entries was Smart Living (28%), followed by Smart Economy (19%), Smart Mobility (17%), Smart People (15%), Smart Environment (14%), and Smart Governance (7%). All applications are evaluated based on their adherence to specific criteria including the problem the business addresses in a large or growing market opportunity, the idea’s value proposition, customers’ need for the product or service, and the idea’s contribution to one of the Smart Dubai dimensions.

In this first session, Dubai Chamber received 350 entries. 48 of these ideas qualified for the final phase of evaluation held under the supervision of a specialised committee of judges. The qualifiers attended two full-day workshops on sector-specific training, mentorship, building relationships, and developing a full business plan from experts in the field. 10 competitors were then shortlisted and assessed for their innovative business ideas. Finally, three winners were selected. The winners received a cash prize and the opportunity to join Tejar Dubai Entrepreneurship Development Programme for a year to help them turn their business ideas into reality. The first prize went to Sebastian Stefan for his idea which focuses on reducing traffic through GPS tracking and smart phone apps. The second prize winner was Craig Muyambo for his idea Efhamni (Understand Me); an application designed to bridge the gap between deaf and hearing people. The third prize was bagged by Murshed Mohamed, for his idea “I want;” an on-demand platform that helps people buy anything on retailers’ shelves.
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