UAE entrepreneurs flourish as infrastructure boosts opportunities
All start-ups have a mission: solve a problem big enough to build a scaleable solution – and in the UAE, as Innovation Month draws to a close, it is clear there is more entrepreneurial appetite than ever.
A med-tech wearable jewel to measure vitamin D deficiency, a tracking device to enhance camel racing, and a sensor to open doors from a mobile have emerged as the winning prototypes of Abu Dhabi's Hardware Venture Launchpad programme by StartAD, the NYU Abu Dhabi and Tamkeen incubator.
The chairman of the Canadian Business Council says his country is known for its technological prowess. This is valuable to the rapidly changing UAE economy as Emirati entrepreneurs start to push beyond government positions.
Dalia Abu Samra-Rohte, the deputy chief executive of the German Emirati Joint Council for Industry and Commerce, says that while German companies in the UAE are doing fine, they should send women to represent them here.
Ellecia Saffron believes Australian business will find fertile ground in the Emirates. The chairwoman of the Australian Business Group Abu Dhabi is also a big believer in giving back and wants to see more Emirati talent prosper.