18 Oct 2022
Ministry of Economy honors SkillUp Start’s ‘Future Entrepreneur’ competition winners
- H.E. Al Saleh: Competition instills entrepreneurial mindset & practices in younger generation, encouraging them to pursue entrepreneurship in line with the UAE’s vision
- Team Dokan wins an educational trip to Silicon Valley in USA and a training program on basic entrepreneurial skills by Draper University
The Ministry of Economy honored the winners of ‘Future Entrepreneur’ competition that was held under the SkillUp Start training program launched in April 2022, in partnership with the Emirates Foundation for School Education and Bizworld, a global organization for entrepreneurial skills training. The ceremony took place at the Ministry’s headquarters, during which, three out of 160 teams that participated in the competition were declared winners.
H.E. Abdulla Al Saleh, Undersecretary of the Foreign Trade and Industry at the Ministry of Economy, said: “The SkillUp Start competition encouraged students to come up with innovative ideas for startups and business projects. It helped to consolidate an entrepreneurial mindset amongst students and gave them a valuable opportunity to acquire necessary future skills that can support their startups plans, thus promoting the UAE’s vision to raise a generation that is capable of building a better future.”
The Undersecretary added that the Ministry is continuing its efforts to launch more initiatives and programs to guide younger generations to the entrepreneurship field, in line with The Entrepreneurial Nation initiative launched in November 2021. The initiative is designed to fundamentally transform the UAE’s entrepreneurial landscape by providing all necessary support, opportunities and enablers of growth to entrepreneurs.
Team Dokan, consisting of Muhammad Ali Khalifa Dalmouk Al Ketbi, Rashid Saif Rashid bin Khalif Al Tunaiji, Muhammad Saif Rashid bin Khalif Al Tunaiji, Ali Saif bin Mufleh Al Ketbi, Zayed Sultan Saeed Al Tunaiji, won the first place. Team Jabbar took second place, consisting of students Ghaya Al Amri, Ghaya Al-Naqbi, Shema Al Mahri and Saeeda Al Suwaidi. The third place went to team ‘Be Better,’ comprised of Haya Sheikh, Perchus Gwanga, Elvis Jackson, and Soha Hitish Barot.
Team Dokan was also awarded an educational trip to Silicon Valley, USA, lasting six weeks. During the visit, they will get to attend a training program by Draper University on basic entrepreneurship skills and the means to establish successful business ventures. The team will also have a chance to visit the Nanotechnology Research Laboratories at Stanford University, the Computer History Museum, the Tech Interactive Museum, Google and Apple headquarters, and Hacker Dojo.
All participants of the competition were awarded certificates by the Ministry of Economy and the International Organization for Entrepreneurship Skills Training, Bizworld. In addition, certificates were awarded to teachers and volunteers who were part of the program in appreciation of their efforts in training and qualifying students.