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 Showcasing the Best of Young Local Emirati Startups

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The Startup Challenge

We want to inspire YOU to become entrepreneurs by providing you with the opportunity to submit your idea, learn through our Bootcamp & Mentoring program and pitch your ideas to investors to seek funding!

Cash Prize awarded to the top 3 teams: 25,000 AED, 15,000 AED, 10,000 AED respectively

Access and Exhibition space at STEP Conference 2019 to showcase startup idea

Winning teams will be connected to accelerator programs in the UAE

Dates to Remember

Click on the APPLY NOW button to enroll in the Startup Challenge and submit your startup idea.

The Application needs to be submitted by one member per team and won’t take you longer than 5 minutes.

Hurry! Applications close at midnight on April 8, 2018

For more details on who can apply, visit the  “who can participate” tab.

Our experts in the field will review application submissions and shortlist the finalists of this round to enter our two-day intensive Bootcamp session.

The Bootcamp program will be a two-day intensive series of workshops, where accepted teams will have the chance to go through the ideation process, learn startup fundamentals, master the business canvas model and be provided with tools to help them excel during the pitching and investment stages of their business!

Once the Bootcamp session is complete, teams will have roughly 10 days to work on fully developed business plans to submit in order to participate in the Mentorship and Pitch Practice workshop.

Here, judging will be based on the following criteria: value proposition, target market, competitive advantage, overall business model, innovation/scalability, team qualifications and market strategy.

The Mentoring & Pitch Practice workshops will be a one day session on April 23, 2018 at Zayed University. This is an opportunity for the teams to meet with mentors to strengthen their business plans and pitch decks and also a space for them to practice pitching in front of a mock panel to get a small taste of what to expect from the competition day!

The Startup Challenge Pitch Day Competition will be held on April 30, 2018. This is a public event where team finalists will have the chance to pitch in front of a panel of judges – investors, accelerators, entrepreneurs. 

The Startup Challenge has two rounds: the first round of pitching (3-minute pitches) in front of a panel of judges that will then filter and select the top 5 teams based on a predefined score-card for a second round of pitching (7-minutes) that will be followed by a Q&A by the judges. Winners will be announced during the closing ceremony.

The competition is a public event and open to all students and faculty to attend.


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