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People’s Choice Award: Entrepreneur of the Year

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Throughout the year, Arabian Business StartUp has been celebrating local champions of innovation and entrepreneurship on a weekly basis. Not only do they promote an entrepreneurial mindset and a ‘can-do’ spirit, but they have been the driving force of the local start-up communities within the GCC region. Our newly established People’s Choice Award is an   …Continue Reading


Start-Up of the Year

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The Start-Up of the Year award recognises the new GCC-based business that has demonstrated exellence in its industry sector – either through its innovative products or services, its evident business growth, its market competitiveness, or its local and regional impact – in 2016. Please explain in 500 words or less why the nominee deserves to   …Continue Reading


Women In Business Award

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We aim to handpick and honour a few of the influential GCC-based female leaders either in their respective industries or in the entrepreneurial community at large, who have not only started and built a locally based business, but also committed their time and resources to mentor other women in business. The Women In Business Award   …Continue Reading


SME Leader of the Year

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An SME leader exemplifies the spirit of entrepreneurship by running a businesses that is not only successful, but sustainable and growing year after year. A few years after the venture’s often humble beginnings, the SME leader we intend to honour has built a market leader with continued profitability, kept on employing more people, and impacted   …Continue Reading


SME of the Year

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The SME of the Year award recognises those GCC-based businesses that have grown into household names. We measure these growth-oriented ventures not only by their revenues, profitability, and number of employees, but also by other characteristics indicating the company’s continued progress toward long-term sustainability regardless of its current leadership. Please explain in 500 words or   …Continue Reading


Mentor of the Year

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It is not a secret anymore that having a mentor – a person to build a strong bond with in order to mutually benefit from each other’s knowledge and experience – is a gateway to start-up success. But with so many ‘advisers’ willing to add your start-up’s name to his/her mentorship portfolio, how do we   …Continue Reading


Start Up Programme of the Year

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The number of start-up programmes on offer across the GCC region has increased rapidly over the past years, with governments, corporates, universities, and individuals joining forces to speed up entrepreneurs’ learning curve and to provide them with a cushion to fall back on when hard times arise. One of the strengths of the GCC start-up   …Continue Reading


SME Bank of the Year

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A recent report by Dubai SME, the agency of the Department of Economic Development (DED), reveales that limited sources of funding to start and grow small businesses in the region have been holding back growth in the SME sector. The SME Bank of the Year Award aims to honour the bank that has implemented measures   …Continue Reading


Incubator/Accelerator of the Year

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The number of start-up incubators and accelerators – programmes offering low-cost shared office space, learning opportunities, one-to-one mentoring sessions, funding, connections with leading investors, and much more – is a measure of the maturity of a country’s tech start-up scene. Fortunately, there are so many GCC-based incubator and accelerator programmes to choose from to get   …Continue Reading


Funding Initiative of the Year

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Every year we expect that more and more start-ups will close their fundrasing rounds, hoping that the deal size will also increase signalling more confidence among the industry players to support new business ventures. The Funding Initiative of the Year nominees will be judged on the amount of money raised, how the team will use   …Continue Reading


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