DSOA Hosts 3rd Emirati Tech Boot Camp

• Bootcamp organized in collaboration with Dubai Chamber and Emirates Foundation
• Event Concludes with Pitch Competition
• Winning Team Receives Free Company Setup and Desk Space at Dubai Technology Entrepreneur Centre

Dubai-UAE: 17 December 2018 – In the closing session of the third Emirati Tech Boot Camp, Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority (DSOA), the regulatory body for Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO), the integrated free zone technology park, organized a demo day to give participating teams an opportunity to pitch their startup ideas to a panel of experts.

The winner Aysha Al Hemrani that came up with their disruptive concept of “Mnawrah”, a marketplace for instant, personalized, and cultural specific ecards, was awarded free company setup and a desk space at DSOA’s wholly owned Dubai Technology Entrepreneur Campus (Dtec), the largest hub for tech startups and entrepreneurs in the Middle East.

The third Emirati Tech Boot Camp, organized in cooperation with Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Emirates Foundation, ran from December 11 – 13, and on December 15 at Dtec. Open to Emiratis across various segments - students, professionals, entrepreneurs, as well as members of the public with an interest in technology, the four-day boot camp comprised various sessions hosted by leading industry experts, certified trainers, and technology entrepreneurs. Addressing the aspects of starting a tech venture, the workshops offered insights on product development, customer development and marketing, leading and building a team, as well as pitching a business proposal to investors and ways to secure funding. The program ended with the pitch competition.

Speaking on the event, Hans Christensen, Vice President at Dtec, said: “The implementation and reinforcement of a knowledge culture is the most essential and sustainable component for building a knowledge-based economy. At DSOA, we tap into every potential that helps spread the culture of knowledge, innovation and entrepreneurship among young Emirati talents.”

He added: “More specifically, workshops and conversations that events such as the Tech Boot Camp host inspire participants to upskill their workplace competencies and challenge themselves to think differently. The platform also provides valuable insights into the fundamentals of developing a business proposition. We are confident the knowledge gained will enable our participants to make a major contribution to the growth of the technology sector in the MENA region through enhancing their individual aptitude and levels of competitiveness.”

Natalia Sycheva, Manager of Entrepreneurship at Dubai Chamber, said: “This unique programme showcased several innovative and high-potential business ideas that have emerged from within Dubai’s entrepreneurial eco-system. We congratulate the winning team and look forward to seeing all presented ideas come to fruition.”

Sycheva noted that Dubai Chamber’s support for the programme falls in line with its comprehensive entrepreneurship strategy which supports startups and SMEs by providing them with the knowledge and tools they need to thrive and grow.

Mohamed Al Hossani, Director of Programs at Emirates Foundations, noted the importance of Enterprise development in the UAE as part of the Leadership’s vision to empower Emirati Youth to take leading roles within the labour market. He said: “the Foundation’s programmes are very much in line with the nation’s vision and focus on empowering youth to understand and access the labour market through the creation of viable and scalable enterprises.” He further emphasized the importance of working with both the public and private sectors to create opportunities for youth and to support them establish these enterprises. “DSOA Emirati Tech Boot Camp is a great example of how we can mobilize collective effort to support better empower youth” Al Hossani Concluded.

A wholly owned entity of the government of Dubai, DSO operates as a free zone technology park for large enterprises, as well as medium and small companies looking to set up their offices in Dubai.