UAE students now have the opportunity to be granted a Dh250,000 funding for their inventions and breakthrough ideas at this year's Innovation Arabia.
This is the first time that funding opportunities from private companies are being offered for student-built projects during the annual event.
The 12th edition of Innovation Arabia will be held at the World Trade Centre from February 25 to February 28, organised by the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University (HBMSU), in partnership with Index.
The chancellor of the HBMSU, Dr Mansoor Al Awar, told Khaleej Times that around seven partner companies will be providing the fund that can help the students in launching their products into the market.
Students whose projects are shortlisted will present their pitch to a judging panel at the show.
"If a project gets chosen, they'll contribute Dh250,000, per company. I encourage all researchers, especially students at master's and PhD levels, and all universities in the GCC region to participate. This is a golden opportunity for them to test their prototypes," Dr Al Awar said.
Eight projects by students from the HBMSU will also be on display during the event. Dr Shaima Mahmoud Al Harmoodi, assistant professor at the university, said a number of their undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate students will be presenting their products at Innovation Arabia.