Our season 3 winner is all-set to launch SENSE before the year ends
It’s no surprise that nature has a positive influence on our overall health. And it’s this very notion that inspired Aditi Sen, 27, to introduce Animal Assisted Therapy to Dubai, the first concept of its kind in the region. It has been proven that spending time amidst nature and animals reduces stress, decreases mental fatigue, restores mental clarity and boosts stamina. SENSE uses this idea to create therapeutic wellness programs that encourage the human-animal bond to instill health, hope and happiness in both children and adults. SENSE combines this unique rehabilitative technique with traditional treatments such as counseling, speech therapy, physiotherapy or occupational therapy – all provided by a licensed therapist – to help in the treatment of a wide range of disabilities. With a mission to make a difference, Aditi is almost ready to launch her new social enterprise that celebrates dignity and worth of all living things. SENSE will be initially based at Al Tamimi Stables in Sharjah. The lush 30-acre farm,is away from the hustle and bustle of city life, making it the ideal backdrop for rejuvenation and relaxation. From all of us at The Big Start team – good luck Aditi!
The Big Start Season 4 Finalists
Three contenders have progressed to the final round of The Big Start Student Entrepreneur Competition Season 4 and will compete for a chance to launch their dream company. The finalists have been competing in different stages in The Big Start since the start of the competition in mid-February 2013. The contenders have been narrowed down from an initial 289 applications that were received and proven themselves to all be a potential winner of this season. The finalists are: Nikhil Pradhan (BITS Pilani Dubai) with his business idea of a global internet service applicable to anyone looking to continue education; Ahmad Tarabishi (American University of Sharjah) whose idea is to compete in the retail market by introducing a new brand of clothing with an Arabian theme; and Yacine Daoud (American University in Dubai) with his idea of a tailored web platform for students and professors. The finalists are a mix of nationalities, with heritage from India, Syria and France. The shortlisted contenders are now in for the final stage in the competition and will present their business idea to the Chairman of Al Tamimi Investments (ATI), Essam Al Tamimi, who will make the final decision on which business idea ATI will …
The Big Start Round 1 Winners Announced
Wow. What a start to the season! The search for the best business idea among final year undergraduates and postgraduates students in the UAE is off to a wonderful start. The entries have carefully been shortlisted from 289 applications (111 female/178 male), which is the biggest number of applicants since the inception of the competition in 2009 (hooray!). With ideas in service, retail, education, food industry, medical & pharmaceutical industry, manufacturing, recycling and entertainment, the chosen entrepreneurs are now one step closer to get full funding and support to make their business idea a reality and become CEO of the newly established venture.
The finalists are in for an exciting educational & inspiring journey. First out is the Business Plan Workshop on the 27th April, where the entrepreneurs get guidance and expertise to develop a business plan for a new business. Each finalist will also get valuable a one-on-one mentoring session with the senior management team of Al Tamimi Investments. This will help the participants to progress further and increase their chance to be one of the finalists that will enter Round 3.
Another round of judging will take place in June and will decide which students go on to present their business ideas to Al Tamimi Investments Chairman, Mr. Essam Al Tamimi for their chance to win. The final winner will be announced early July at The Big Start Awards Ceremony.