season 4

season 4

17
Jun

The Big Start Season 4 Finalists



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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 …

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03
Jun

Our top 25 become the magnificent 7



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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

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15
Apr

The Big Start Round 1 Winners Announced



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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.

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01
Apr

New Submission Deadline: April 7, 2013



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Good news, prospective student entrepreneurs in the UAE. We have received so many awesome submissions and so many more requests for late submissions, and so we decided to do something about that. So stop gulping down RedBull and pulling all nighters. The Big Start Season 4 submission round has been extended! You now have until April 7 23:59 GMT+4 to submit your awesome business idea. Isn’t that a relief? Good luck!

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