Dubai Startup Hub and Dtec select winners for phase one of EDP
Mita Srinivasan
10x Industry

Dubai Startup Hub and Dtec select winners for phase one of EDP

30 Emirati entrepreneurs took part; the top 5 winners received one-on-one mentorship support

Dubai Startup Hub, an initiative of Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry, and Dubai Technology Entrepreneur Campus (Dtec) have selected the winning candidates of the first phase of the Emirati Development Programme (EDP). The five winners included Sultan Alhosani and Fahad Alzarooni of TutorMe; Alanoud Mubarak of CoDevelop; Hassan Kiyany of Editvid; Latifa Bin Haider of Baytuki; and Roudha Alawadhi of Mzarrai. The winners will receive one-on-one mentorship support to grow their business ventures.

During the first phase of the programme, 30 Emirati entrepreneurs took part in the EDP Training & Mentorship Academy, a four-week training programme hosted by Dubai Startup Hub and Dtec, designed to help aspiring entrepreneurs learn about pitching, business canvassing, customer validation, sales and other topics of importance for startups. The training sessions were followed by a pitch competition, in which participants presented their business concepts to an expert panel of judges. The panel of judges was joined by Ghanim Al Falasi, Senior Vice President for People Happiness & Innovation at Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority; Hans Henrik Christensen, Vice President of Dtec; Natalia Sycheva, Manager of Entrepreneurship at Dubai Chamber; Mohamed Sabouneh, Program Director, Startupbootcamp and Dr Ihab Fikry, CEO of Almentor FZCO;

The Emirati Development Programme aims to encourage UAE nationals to participate in the private sector by identifying and developing their skills through specialised training and providing them with the necessary knowledge and experience in entrepreneurship.

Dubai Startup Hub is the first initiative of its kind in the Middle East and North Africa region, offering a wide range of programmes catering to the changing needs of Dubai’s entrepreneurial community.