Our top 25 become the magnificent 7

June 03, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

Here we have it. Our Round 1 winners have spent countless days and nights perfecting their business plans and financial forecasts. A concept book store, private education service and luxury beauty products are among the top seven business ideas that have passed round 2 of The Big Start.

Seven enthusiastic candidates have been selected from the 289 initial applications (111 female/178 male), which is the highest number of applicants since the start of the competition in 2009. The Round 2 winners are representing American University in Dubai, American University of Sharjah, BITS Pilani Dubai, Manipal University and SP Jain School of Global Management.

The ideas include a new pharmacy concept, private education service, unique fashion concept, concept book store, higher education internet service, creativity and healthy recreation facility and luxury beauty products service.

Rachael Wunsch, CEO of Al Tamimi Investments (ATI), articulates how she is especially looking forward to this season’s finals in July “I’m impressed with the level and variety of the student entrepreneurs’ business ideas. It will be a tight final race and I’m looking forward to see the outcome of this season. We are primarily looking for a great idea that we can invest in but also as important is the right contestant who has the personality and drive to make their business idea a success. ATI supports the winner and provides a framework to help the winner to start up their business.

The seven Round 2 winners will be pitching to the ATI board, who selects which contestants will be presenting to ATI’s Chairman, Mr. Essam Al Tamimi, who will make the final decision as to which business idea(s) will win. The winner of the 4th season of The Big Start will get full funding and support by the venture capital company, Al Tamimi Investments.

The winner will be announced at The Big Start Awards Ceremony on the 2nd July, 2013, in Dubai. Together with the Top 5 universities supporting entrepreneurship and going one step further to bridge the gap between academia and the real business world.

The Big Start Round 2 winners:

Dana Al Dafaa, American University in Dubai

Yacine Daoud, American University in Dubai

Ahmad Tarabishi, American University of Sharjah

Amr Khalifa, American University of Sharjah

Nikhil Pradhan, BITS Pilani Dubai

Evangeline Johnson, Manipal University

Rohit Gambhir, SP Jain School of Global Management

Congratulations, and may the force be with you!