By Entrepreneur Middle East Staff
UAE telco du is launching its Emirati startup challenge in partnership with Zayed University, and presents an opportunity for aspiring Emirati entrepreneurs to showcase their creative ideas. The nationwide challenge will see Emirati students with an entrepreneurial mind pitch their concepts in front of a live audience and a judging panel for a chance to win prizes and work with a local business mentor. Co-organized by E11 Global, a global startups support platform, and Dubai’s Step Group the challenge is being kicked off to celebrate the Year of Zayed, and aims to “empower Emirati youth with an entrepreneurial drive and prepare them to successfully contribute to the UAE’s startup ecosystem.”
While the challenge is sector-agnostic, the official website notes that there will be a preference for “business ideas revolving around tech innovations, social entrepreneurship and digital solutions” from Emirati nationals who are juniors, seniors, postgraduates, recent grads and alumni (in the age group of 19-24).