Smartpreneur 5.0 Online Pitch Bootcamp launched by Dubai Chamber

By Rahul Vaimal, Associate Editor
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  • The online training program will run from April 19 to June 30, 2020
  • The two and a half month program will help 50 finalists of the second phase of the fifth Dubai Smartpreneur competition
  • Startup Pitch Guide 2020 for investor pitch also launched
  • More than 1,600 participants have gone through the Dubai Smartpreneur Competition over the last four years

Dubai Startup Hub has launched Smartpreneur 5.0 Online Pitch Bootcamp. The first-of-its-kind 10-week training program will help the 50 finalists who qualified for the second phase of the fifth Dubai Smartpreneur competition.

Dubai Startup Hub is an entrepreneur initiative by the Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry.

The specialized online training program which will run from April 19 to June 30, 2020. will replace the traditional two-day training to ensure that these promising enterprises are carried in the current difficult times and that they are able to maintain and improve their business in 2020.

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Entrepreneurs will profit from more than 100 individual and group online training workshops, which are planned during the two and a half-month program.

Along with the training program, Dubai Startup Hub also launched the Startup Pitch Guide 2020 to help entrepreneurs to deliver an impactful investor pitch to prospective suitors. Dubai Chamber has also prepared a guide based on global best practices that are compatible with the business environment in the emirate. Partakers in the competition and other entrepreneurs can profit from the guide to achieve progressive, encouraging results when presenting their ideas to investors.

The program includes an assorted mix of activities, including working on presentations by using the Chamber’s guide, engaging in a series of online training workshops and webinars with winners and previous participants of the Dubai Smartpreneur Competition.

The training program also includes 4 weeks of one-to-one work with startup business coaches to enhance business and financial models of the startups and running a simulation of the contest with the finalists as judges.

Natalia Sycheva, Manager of Entrepreneurship at Dubai Chamber pointed out that this training program is the first of its kind, innovative training model that takes into account the exceptional circumstances we are in and how to enhance the capabilities and skills of the entrepreneurs and startups to sustain and grow in such situations. It also demonstrates the pioneering role of Dubai Chamber in providing innovative support for entrepreneurs in uncertain times rather than stopping these services.

She stressed that the Smartpreneur entrepreneurs are different as they are vetted, well-trained, and are guided to build a real business. Sycheva also remarked on the launch of the Guide, which is prepared by experts and is a training and educational tool for entrepreneurs and startups on how to present their ideas.

The Smartpreneur competition aims to support technology entrepreneurs to be part of Dubai’s strategic initiatives, in addition to improving the role of these entrepreneurs in the dynamic business ecosystem of the Emirate and its position as the global hub for innovation.

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More than 1,600 participants have gone through the Dubai Smartpreneur Competition over the last four years, which is reflective of its effectiveness and influence in attracting an increasing number of international startups.

Dubai Chamber launched Dubai Startup Hub in 2016 as an online platform for startups, entrepreneurs, developers, venture capitalists, and students, enabling them to learn about new opportunities and create new partnerships that stimulate economic growth.

Dubai Startup Hub provides a multi-program platform for entrepreneurs from around the world to explore business opportunities in Dubai while benefiting from a set of programs and services such as the Market Access Program, Emirati Development Program, Dubai Smartpreneur Competition, and Co-Founder Dubai Program, among others.


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