05 Mar

Join us at The Big Talk

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Come learn about The Big Start, a student entrepreneur competition which builds and empowers entrepreneurial community in UAE. We are your chance to bring your crazy and innovative business ideas to life.

Our event will be a relaxed, inspiring interactive networking event bringing together a diverse mix of business owners, successful entrepreneurs from across all industry sectors in the region. Get a grasp of entrepreneurship and dynamism in the region and learn how The Big Start serves as a spring board for  aspiring young business leaders. We will also be joined by our panel of experts and entrepreneurial driven leaders, each sharing their own success stories with us. Interested? Look at who’s coming below!

Join our panel discussion with:

My Metro Talk: The UAE’s community lifestyle portal

FitYou: Personal training right at your door step

URSOM: Bringing art to life with designer t-shirts

Shoreditch Muse: A designer’s haven

Kcal Healthy Fast Food:  Healthy and balanced home delivery

Meet us a MAKE Business Hub, at Al Fattan Tower JBR facing Dubai Marina. Location map here.

MAKE Business Hub is walking distance from the Jumeirah Lakes Towers metro station and there is parking available at the JBR beach.

Free admission for all. Only ticket holders will be granted access, so book now! Sign-up soon as space is limited to the first 100 people who register!





25 Feb

This could be you

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Our doors have officially opened to all final year undergraduate and post graduate students, and our inboxes are already flooding with creativity. Remember that each unique entry will help get your university get to #1 this year, so we are encouraging you to partake in friendly competition. It’s simple, all you have to do is click on ‘Apply Now‘ to get started. You have until the 31st of March to submit your wildest ideas. Let the games begin!


14 Feb

Get ready for February 17th

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Our annual entrepreneur challenge begins

We at The Big Start student entrepreneur competition are launching our fourth season on Sunday, February 17. This year, we open our doors to all undergraduate and post graduate students in the UAE under the age of 30 and invite them to send us their biggest and wildest business ideas.

The annual competition run by Al Tamimi Investments (ATI), gives UAE-based final year graduates and post-graduate university/college students, which are under 30 years of age, a chance to become CEO of their own business supported with full funding and operational support for their idea. Interested aspiring entrepreneurs are encouraged to submit their application online at www.bigstart.ae. The registration for this season we will open on 17th February, 2013 and close on 31st March, 2013. ATI will select Round 1 Student entries to progress to the second round of the competition where students will be mentored individually to develop their business ideas into workable business plans.

Looking back at Season 3 of The Big Start

Season 3 of the competition witnessed great accomplishments with doubled submission figures from Season 2 as well as exponential media recognition. “The goal for this season is geared towards intensifying idea submissions as well as interactions with the entrepreneur community. The duration of the competition will also be shortened with the final winner being announced early July. Additionally, quality of submissions will be improved an evolved advisory component that will bring high profile industry mentors closer to the participants. Having said that, though there’s only one winner every season, I would like to highlight that everyone participating is a winner, leaving with invaluable advice and knowledge” said Rachael Wunsch, CEO of ATI.

The Big Start was launched in 2009 and forms the core CSR activity for ATI. Focused on fostering the next generation of entrepreneurial talent in the UAE, the competition is the only one of its kind in the country to actively guide, mentor and facilitate the development of each entrant’s business plan, and to support the winner’s idea, both operationally and financially to make it a reality.


13 Feb

Look out – an all new The Big Start season awaits you

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That’s right. The Big Start launches Season 4 for budding student entrepreneurs dreaming of taking off big

 With the proven success of its past three seasons,  we at The Big Start student entrepreneur competition are launching our fourth season. Part of the competition’s success derives from a formula that has enabled the transformation of ideas into workable businesses, supported by personalized workshops, one-on-one sessions, lecture series and programs that this year will empower a fantastic bunch of individuals.

Got a crazy idea?

The Big Start gives you, undergraduate and postgraduate students in the UAE, the opportunity to catapult your innovative  ideas into the forefront. You can brainstorm with industry professionals and mentors, and can hone your business plans into profitable and winning solutions.

Now hiring: you!

The Big Start is an invaluable experience and opportunity for young aspiring entrepreneurs and the result can be life changing. We are looking for charismatic young individuals who are crazy enough to think they can change the world to join Season 4 of The Big Start.