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