Tatawwar announces Top 20 finalists
Tatawwar: Building Tomorrow’s Minds, from HSBC and Potential.com, has announced the top 20 finalists from projects submitted by students. The finalists representing the Middle East and North Africa region include 2 students from Algeria, 2 from Bahrain, 4 from Egypt, 2 from Kuwait, 1 from Oman, 3 from Qatar, and 6 from the UAE. They have been chosen based on judging that took place during prototype workshops earlier this year and the business models they submitted online following the associated online courses.
The top 20 finalists will now join an acceleration programme that includes twice-weekly webinars to help the project owners fine tune their pitching skills, and learn key business skills including financial projections, raising funding, future career fitness, technology trends and marketing. Each webinar will bring together international experts on each of these topics to help the students. In addition, each of the top 20 students will be provided with four one-on-one coaching sessions and get a one-year free membership to their local fab labs, where they can continue to develop their prototypes.
This year’s edition of Tatawwar: Building Tomorrow’s Minds has seen4650 students from over 1000 schools register for a blended learning programme. The Tatawwar team hosted 12 workshops for the shortlisted 250 students in each of programme’s countries in January and February followed by online mentoring and courses to help them develop their prototype and business models.
The final awards ceremony will be live-streamed on the 9 May 2020 at 2pm UAE time, where the winners will be announced after having delivered their final pitches to judges the day before. The public is welcome to join and participate in the finals through Tatawwar’s Facebook page.
The top three winners’ prototypes will receive cash prizes of USD 5,000, USD 3,000 and USD 1,500 respectively.