get ready for february 17th

Get ready for February 17th

February 14, 2013 /
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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 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.