Rules of the Game

The Big Start Terms & Conditions

  • The Big Start has been created by and is run and managed by Al Tamimi Investments, PO Box 117281, Dubai, United Arab Emirates (“ATI”).
  • By registering to participate and submitting an entry through www.bigstart.ae (“The Competition Website”), you agree to be bound by the following terms and conditions (“Terms and Conditions”) and become a participant of The Big Start competition (“the Participant”).
  • To be eligible to enter The Big Start competition (“The Competition”), the Participant must be:
    • A final year undergraduate university/college student of a UAE university up till 30 years of age as of the launch of the competition and resident in the UAE, with a valid residency visa at the time of the registration.
    • A post-graduate university/college student of a UAE university up till 30 years as of the launch of the competition and resident in the UAE, with a valid residency visa at the time of the registration.
    • Members of the immediate family of employees working at Al Tamimi Investments and individuals selected to be on the judging panel are not eligible for participation in the Competition.

  • Entry into the Competition is free, however the Participant will be responsible for any costs incurred, including but not limited to any travel, accommodation and other expenses in the course of the competition.
  • The Participant may only submit one entry for the Competition that will be further developed by the Participant (“Business Idea”), should it be selected to proceed to the further rounds of the Competition. Entries must be submitted in English only. All entries to the competition must be made on-line. There is no alternative means of entering the Competition.
  • Submission of an entry through the Competition Website does not mean that the entry has been received by ATI. Incomplete entries or entries that do not conform to the specified requirements shall be invalid. ATI accepts no responsibility for entries that are lost, damaged or destroyed. Consideration of the entry does not constitute endorsement by ATI of the Participant’s Business Idea.
  • The Participant undertakes and warrants that his/hers participation in the Competition is solely for his/hers benefit and does not and shall not give rise to the sharing of financial or other benefits with any third party, including but not limited to the Participant’s university of study and any of its employees or contractors.
  • By participating in the Competition the Participant will be submitting materials such as a business plan, details of the concept of the Business Idea, other text, photographs, graphics, videos and presentations (“Submitted Materials”). Subject to paragraph 9, the copyright in such submitted materials will remain with the Participant, however, during the Competition, the Participant agrees that he/she will not disclose or grant any interest (legal or beneficial) in any of the tangible and intangible assets (including the intellectual property) of the Submitted Materials to any party, including, but not limited to the Participant’s university of study and of its employees or contractors.
  • The Participant hereby undertakes and warrants that the Submitted Materials are his/her own new and original work, do not infringe the intellectual property rights of third parties and are free from viruses, spyware or other harmful programs. The Participant further warrants that he/she has the full right and authority to grant the license to ATI as set out in paragraph 10 below.
  • The Participant hereby grants ATI, on a free of charge basis, the right to use the Submitted Materials in any way required, including the modification, adaptation for operational and editorial purposes, in any media on a worldwide basis and to disclose the Submitted Materials to relevant third parties on an as required basis.
  • The Participant acknowledges and accepts that to the fullest extent permitted by Law and excluding circumstances of fraud, ATI will not be liable to the Participant for any costs or losses for unauthorized use by a third party of the business idea, including where the third party obtains such information from the media, press or website associated with the Competition.
  • The Participant hereby permits ATI the right to use her/his name, photograph and other relevant materials for media and publicity associated with of the Competition without payment of any kind.
  • The Participant is not permitted to use any logo, images or branding of the Competition without ATI’s express prior written consent, which may be withheld in its sole discretion. The Participant acknowledges that her/his participation in The Competition does not give rise to any right or entitlement to any intellectual property owned by ATI.
  • The Participant hereby agrees to indemnify ATI, its directors, officers, agents or employees, any related entity of ATI and other third parties involved in the Competition and hold them harmless against all actions, claims, costs, damages or expenses which may be brought against, made against or incurred by them as a result of or in any way connected with any:
    • Breach of these Terms and Conditions by the Participant;
    • Breach of a third party’s’ intellectual property rights by
    • the Participant;
    • Injury to or loss of property of any person caused by the Participant;
    • Illegal, fraudulent, reckless or negligent acts the Participant; and
    • Any breach of warranty, promise or representation made by the Participant.

  • In the event that the Participant is not successful in The Big Start, he/she acknowledges and agrees that, subject to the rights in Paragraph 8, at some time in the future ATI may select other participants as Winners of The Competition with similar ideas and/or concepts submitted by the Participant. Furthermore, the Participant acknowledges and agrees that, subject to the rights in paragraph 8, ATI and/or its related entities and/or their directors, officers or employees may engage in business, operate, and provide goods/services that may be similar to the ideas/concepts submitted by the Participant. In both such circumstances and to the fullest extent permitted by law, the Participant shall have no right to bring any claim or other such action (including claims for any loss of business, profits or opportunity) against ATI or its related entities, their directors, officers or employees and/or other participants of The Big Start.
  • In the event that the Submitted Materials are submitted in breach or the participation in The Competition is not in compliance with these Terms and Conditions, the Participant’s entry will be considered null and void.
  • ATI may select more than one winner of the Competition (“Winner”). In the event ATI, in its sole discretion, considers that no business plans that have been submitted are capable of being developed into a viable business opportunity, ATI reserves the right not to nominate any winner(s).
  • Winner(s) of The Competition will be engaged with ATI and will have the opportunity to implement their Business Idea(s) within the UAE. The Winner(s) may also share in a structured shareholding in any new entity established for the implementation of the Business Idea. Any such shareholding will be negotiated between the Winner(s) and ATI and matters such as the legal structure, nature and type of the business idea and capital injected by ATI will be considered. The Winner(s) will hold a management position in any entity established. During the implementation of the Winner(s)’s Business Idea, the Winner(s) will be supported by ATI’s business development team to the extent ATI, in its sole discretion, considers necessary.
  • There is no cash alternative available to the nominated Winner(s).
  • In the event the Participant is nominated a Winner of the Competition, the Participant hereby agrees to assign, at no cost, all rights in the Submitted Materials to ATI or other such entity as notified by ATI to enable the business idea to be put into effect.
  • In some circumstances, ATI may be required to amend or update these Terms and Conditions. ATI will post any amendments on The Competition website at www.bigstart.ae. The continued participation in The Competition of the Participant constitutes his/hers acceptance of these Terms and Conditions.
  • ATI reserves the right to cancel, amend or withdraw The Competition at any time.
  • The positions of paragraphs 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15 remain valid and shall survive the completion of the Competition.
  • The Competition and these Terms and Conditions shall be governed by the laws of the Emirate of Dubai and the federal laws of the UAE. The Participant and ATI agree to submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the UAE courts.