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Dubai Silicon Oasis holds Emirati Tech Boot Camp

Third Emirati Tech Boot Camp held to encourage UAE nationals to develop startups

The winner of the contest, Aysha Al Hemrani, for her‘Mnawrah’ e-card business, won free company setup and desk space at DTEC.
The winner of the contest, Aysha Al Hemrani, for her‘Mnawrah’ e-card business, won free company setup and desk space at DTEC.

Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority (DSOA), has hosted the third Emirati Tech Boot Camp.

The boot camp, which was organized by DSO's accelerator DTEC in co-operation with Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and the Emirates Foundation, was held to support Emiratis to launch their own businesses.

The four day boot camp, was open to Emiratis across various segments - students, professionals, entrepreneurs - and included sessions hosted by leading industry experts, certified trainers, and technology entrepreneurs on subjects such as product development, marketing and developing a customer base, leading and building a team, as well as pitching a business proposal.

The event concluded with a demo day to give participating teams an opportunity to pitch their startup ideas to a panel of experts. The winning idea, from Aysha Al Hemrani, was an online marketplace for personalized e-cards.

Hans Christensen, Vice President at Dtec, said: "The implementation and reinforcement of a knowledge culture is the most essential and sustainable component for building a knowledge-based economy. At DSOA, we tap into every potential that helps spread the culture of knowledge, innovation and entrepreneurship among young Emirati talents.

"More specifically, workshops and conversations that events such as the Tech Boot Camp host inspire participants to upskill their workplace competencies and challenge themselves to think differently. The platform also provides valuable insights into the fundamentals of developing a business proposition. We are confident the knowledge gained will enable our participants to make a major contribution to the growth of the technology sector in the MENA region through enhancing their individual aptitude and levels of competitiveness."

Natalia Sycheva, Manager of Entrepreneurship at Dubai Chamber, said: "This unique program showcased several innovative and high-potential business ideas that have emerged from within Dubai's entrepreneurial ecosystem. We congratulate the winning team and look forward to seeing all presented ideas come to fruition."