Massive interest across the GCC for the Arabian Business StartUp Awards 2016

Arabian Business StartUp Awards attracted massive interest from across the GCC region, with more than 400 nominations being submitted across 14 categories. Eighty nominees across 14 categories have been shortlisted for the 2016 Arabian Business StartUp Awards, with entries ranging from new start-ups to homegrown success stories.

The winners will be decided by the prestigious judging panel consisting of Muna Al Gurg, director of retail at Easa Saleh Al Gurg Group and YAL Board Member; Donna Benton, founder of The Entertainer; Najla Al Midfa, general manager of Sharjah Entrepreneurship Center; Prashant K. (PK) Gulati, founder of The Assembly, and The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) president; Habib Haddad, CEO of Wamda; and Walid Akawi, CEO of ITP Publishing Group. The People’s Choice Award: Entrepreneur of the Year is a separate award that will be voted on by Arabian Business StartUp readers. The voting period in this award category will be from Sunday, 16 October, to Sunday, 6 November. The winner will be determined by the highest number of votes received.

Arabian Business StartUp Awards attracted massive interest from across the GCC region, with more than 400 nominations being submitted across 14 categories
Arabian Business StartUp Awards attracted massive interest from across the GCC region, with more than 400 nominations being submitted across 14 categories

The Arabian Business StartUp Awards 2016 winners will be announced and honoured at the 2016 Arabian Business StartUp Awards ceremony, due to take place on Tuesday, 15 November. The keynote speech of the ceremony will be delivered by Marjan Faraidooni, Vice President of Legacy for Expo 2020 Dubai. Magnus Olsson, Mudassir Sheikha and Dr. Abdulla Elyas, co-founders of Careem, are to appear as our special guest speakers.

The Arabian Business StartUp Awards are held in partnership with AJSM Investments, Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Skyline University College, and Dawaam.

The Arabian Business StartUp Awards 2016 shortlisted nominees are:

Entrepreneur of the Year

  • Sarah Jones – Mini Exchange
  • Mai Medhat – Eventtus
  • Talal Bayaa – Bayzat
  • Omar Kassim – JadoPado
  • Jumana Darwish – The Happy Box
  • Alper Celen and Ritesh Tilani – joigifts.com

Young Entrepreneur of the Year

  • Khaled Zaatarah – 360MEA and 360VUZ
  • Jihad Kawas – Saily Inc
  • Abzal Assembekov – Heptagon Multimedia and Propertyin360
  • Ala’ Alsallal – Jamalon
  • Ebraheem Al Samadi – Forever Rose & Al Samadi Group
  • Zain Khan – The Sound Gaarden

Start Up of the Year

  • Boxit Storage
  • Falcon Viz
  • Wrappup
  • Junkbot
  • Smart Shelter
  • Sonate
  • Insydo

SME Leader of the Year

  • Dubai Desert Extreme
  • BMB Group
  • PropertyFinder
  • compareit4me
  • Harmony Cosmetics
  • The Box

SME of the Year

  • FitRepublik
  • CREATIVE ZONE
  • Dawaam
  • Fetchr
  • Right Bite
  • CRYO Holdings

Mentor of the Year

  • Sirine Fadoul, Manager, dTEC
  • Matt Penas, Pre-accelerator Manager, TURN8 Fund
  • Gordon T.McConnell, Professor, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, KSA
  • Ameera Amir, Founder, Weyakum
  • Taghrid Alsaeed, Senior Vice President, Mubadala Group Communications / Flat6Labs mentor
  • Mourad Mansour, Professor, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, KSA

Intrapreneur of the Year

  • Nadine Halabi, Business Development Manager, Dubai Business Women Council (DBWC)
  • Vilma Jurkute, Director, Alserkal Avenue
  • Catherina Ballout, Managing Director GCC, MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab (MITEF)

New Media Start Up of the Year

  • MyHubber
  • TaskSpotting
  • 360VUZ
  • Propertyin360
  • CitiSpi

Social Enterprise of the Year

  • Wild Guanabana
  • Smart Labour
  • taka solutions
  • Weyakum
  • Ta’leem Training and Skills Development Center
  • BizWorld UAE

Investor of the Year

  • Amjad Ahmad – Precinct Partners
  • Elissa Freiha and Chantalle Dumonceaux – WOMENA
  • Dr. Mussad Al-Razouki – Kuwait Life Sciences Company (KLSC)
  • Heather Henyon – WAIN
  • Dany Farha and Amir Farha – BECO Capital

Influential Woman in Business Award

  • Hala Fadel – Leap Ventures / MIT Enterprise Forum of the Pan-Arab region
  • Mona Ataya – Mumzworld
  • Sara Al Madani – Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry, shjSEEN
  • Rana El Eid – RED Design, Café Céramique and Azur Spa
  • Shereen Tawfiq – Initiativez
  • Engineer Nermin Fawzi Sa\’d – Handasiyat

Start Up Programme of the Year

  • Innovate for Refugees – MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab
  • SAP Startup Focus
  • Microsoft Startup
  • Endeavor UAE
  • Collaborative Entrepreneurship
  • Mowgli Foundation

Incubator/Accelerator of the Year

  • Dubai Future Accelerators
  • Sheraa
  • KAUST (KSA)
  • Rowad (Yemen)
  • dTEC
  • TURN8

Funding Initiative of the Year

  • Souq.com – $275mn
  • PropertyFinder – $20mn
  • Bayut – $20mn (Series C)
  • The Luxury Closet – $2.2 (Series A) + $7.8 (Series B)
  • Reserveout – $4mn (Series A)
  • Movesouq – $3mn

Sources: QGN, Gulf Times, Arabian Business, Arabian Agencies.