The team behind the scenes


The Big Start is an initiative that provides undergraduate and postgraduate students in the United Arab Emirates  the opportunity to turn their business ideas into reality.

The Big Start was launched in 2009 and forms the core CSR activity for Al Tamimi Investments (ATI). Focused on fostering the next generation of entrepreneurial talent in the UAE, the competition is the only one of its kind in the country to actively guide, mentor and facilitate the development of each entrant’s business plan, and to financially support the winner’s idea, both operationally and functionally to make it a reality. If you are a student and are looking to become an entrepreneur or the CEO of your own company, get in touch. You are just who we’re looking for.

The Big Start is brought to you by Al Tamimi Investments

Al Tamimi Investments (ATI) is a diversified Dubai-based holding company with an extensive investment portfolio of successful businesses and partnerships that operate across the Arabian Gulf, the wider Middle East region and the United States of America. ATI is a dynamic company with a range of significant competencies, including Early Education, Support Services, Healthcare, Development Properties and Retail.

CSR and Social entrepreneurship are a key focus for ATI. As an impact investing company, ATI ranks social benefits and environmental sustainability as high as financial profit, in turn offering a unique answer to the problem of sustainability. Al Tamimi Investments fosters mutually beneficial and long-term partnerships with other strategically focused companies and institutions, with a primary intention of creating a measurable social impact, with the potential for financial upside.

Established in 2006, ATI’s focus is on maximising each business opportunity that is presented to it, and creating mutually beneficial partnerships with like-minded companies and entrepreneurs, both in the Middle East and around the world. ATI works with its partners to create long-term business relationships, utilising their expertise, professionalism and networks. ATI also adopts an active, personal and dynamic approach in managing its business portfolio, and in this sense transfers its expertise, resources and practices to each business. Collectively, ATI companies generate over 1,200 jobs within the UAE.

From L-R: CEO Rachael Wunsch, Season 1 Winner Yahya Stapic, Marketing Director Jarmila Nikodijevic Fryntova, Venture Manager Arpit Juneja, CFO Paul Dinan, Season 2 Winner Stefanie Ost, Chairman Mr. Essam Al Tamimi