02 February 2019 StartupNight: First International Edition in Dubai!
I was happy to join STEP Conference for their 7th Edition at Dubai Internet City and proudly present the first international edition of StartupNight in Dubai (SUN-Dubai) bringing to close a one-week program offered by Dubai SME.
Brought all the way from Berlin to Dubai thanks to Dubai SME’s CEO Abdul Baset Al Janahi, StartupNight is supported by some of the largest companies in Germany including Telekom, Eon, Volkswagen, and Commerzbank and serves as a platform for ecosystem cooperation and collaboration between startups and large corporates.
30 applicants with startups in the sectors of transportation and mobility, aerospace, energy efficiency, medical & health, ICT, and education were handpicked to participate in the event by both Start Alliance Berlin and Dubai SME.
After a powerful keynote speech by Abdul Baset Al Janahi, and introduction by Cem Erguen-Mueller, CEO of StartupNight, the startups took to the stage for their unique and inspiring pitches.
Each startup was given 3 minutes to pitch, and after a round of judging, the top 3 winners walked away with cash prizes of 7,500$, 12,000$, and $20,000.
SUN-Dubai was a very interesting event that I enjoyed presenting and I look forward to witnessing more local startups pitching their exciting ideas in future events.