the big start round 1 winners announced


The Big Start Round 1 Winners Announced


April 15, 2013 /
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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.

Congratulations to all 25 shortlisted students below. They deserve it!

Name University
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
Nigel Pereira BITS Pilani Dubai
Nikhil Pradhan BITS Pilani Dubai
Bhavik Bhatia Heriot-Watt University Dubai Campus
Basel Kurdi Heriot-Watt University Dubai Campus
Priyal Ramdin Hult Dubai
Evangeline Johnson Manipal University
Yanxiang Wang Masdar Institute of Science and Technology
Adel El Nasr Masdar Institute of Science and Technology
Konstantinos Dimitropoulos Masdar Institute of Science and Technology
Mohamed Al Sharhan Masdar Institute of Science and Technology
Prabha Devi Maghoo Middlesex University Dubai
Prateek Soni SP Jain School of Global Management
Saransh Patni SP Jain School of Global Management
Karishma Thawani SP Jain School of Global Management
Prateek Chawla SP Jain School of Global Management
Viswanath Sitaraman SP Jain School of Global Management
Swajot Singh SP Jain School of Global Management
Sahil Sheoran SP Jain School of Global Management
Sridath H H SP Jain School of Global Management
Rohit Gambhir SP Jain School of Global Management
Raj Juneja SP Jain School of Global Management



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