Ten student company teams from Emirati schools were shortlisted to take part in an entrepreneurial competition
The contest saw next generation of young entrepreneurs and school students challenging each other and the audience as they competed for the top "Student Company of the Year Award 2018". Students transformed their classrooms into start-ups with the help of corporate volunteers from the business community.
As part of the programme, students learned how to set up and run their own business over 24 weeks, allowing them to acquire
The competition wrapped up with the Company of the Year award being presented to students from Dubai National School Barsha for their innovative smart parking idea.
Student Abdul Aziz Ali, CEO of Smart Parking project idea, told Khaleej Times: "We invented an online booking parking service. If you have a meeting after a few hours and you are worried that the parking of that place will be full by then, you simply can use our Smart Parking app. You need to download the app, go to booking section and put in your name and a picture of your number plate. When you will come to the parking area at the specified time, the barrier
Dana Hindi from DNS Twar school was presented with the CEO of the Year, and students from DNS Twar won the Best Social Impact award for their project, La
Explaining the project, Hindi said: "Our project focuses on bus safety. There have been many incidents in which children are left alone in school buses and to prevent potential injury or abuse, our project La
Judges included Essa Zaabi, senior vice-president of the Dubai Chamber of Industry and Commerce; Leigh-Ann Judd, director of corporate communications, Honeywell Middle East; Shamsa Al Falasi, head of CITI Global Subsidiaries Group, UAE and Iraq; and David Scott, president Exxon Al Khaleej, Abu Dhabi.
Hisham Abdullah Al Shirawi,
INJAZ UAE's private sector volunteers included members from CITI who mentored students over a 15 week period to help them