Thu 18-05-2017 17:36 PM
DUBAI, 18th May, 2017 (WAM) -- The Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Wednesday announced the top three winners of the 2nd cycle of the Dubai Smartpreneur Competition, during the closing ceremony of the 5th ArabNet Digital Summit in Dubai.
FriendyCar, a marketplace for borrowing and lending cars, claimed the first prize, while the second prize went to CorporateStack, a web-based solution for managing business operations. Nester, a parking rental marketplace that connects parking owners with people, was placed third.
The winners were honoured by Dr. Aisha Bin Bishr, Director-General of Smart Dubai Office, Essa Al Zaabi, Senior Vice President of the Institutional Support Sector in Dubai Chamber and General Coordinator of Tejar Dubai, in the presence of business leaders and representatives from Dubai’s entrepreneurial community.
In his welcome speech, Al Zaabi praised the innovative ideas and projects presented by participants, noting that their efforts support Dubai’s smart city vision and add value to people’s lives. He explained that entrepreneurship and innovation are key objectives of the Dubai Chamber’s strategy, and described the Smartpreneur competition as an important platform that merges these two themes together.
"This competition aims to empower talented entrepreneurs and facilitate their contribution to Dubai Smart Office’s mission, while it also helps them turn their innovative business ideas into reality," he said, adding that the chamber will continue to support participants with training and assistance to help them get their businesses off the ground.
Dubai Chamber received more than 700 innovative ideas during the second cycle of the Smartpreneur competition, a 100 percent increase from the first cycle. A total of 50 submissions were originally shortlisted by an expert panel of judges, and the top 10 finalists were invited to pitch their ideas during the final round at ArabNet 2017.