It is apparent that the Covid-19 pandemic will have a lasting impact on society. Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK) has joined forces with startAD as a part of the Abu Dhabi inspires program, to launch the YouthTech Challenge for young innovators in the UAE. The challenge invites innovators to develop tech-enabled solutions for some of the greatest global challenges in the sectors of Education, Economy, Infrastructure, and Society. The program actively encourages you to take advantage of the favorable entrepreneurial environment in the UAE, and equips you with future-ready social, digital, and business skills that spark curiosity, enhance employability, and encourage innovation. Over four weeks, participants will be equipped with the training and tools to develop entrepreneurial projects that have the potential to become startups. Top teams stand to win cash prizes of up to AED 8000.
A chance to win up to
UAE residents of any nationality between the ages of 18-29, and interested in entrepreneurship and innovation can apply.
Ideal submissions are startup ideas aiming to digitize the challenge areas of Education, Economy, Infrastructure and Society. Submissions can be of projects or concepts you may have built as part of a university course, a hackathon or pitch competition. However, new ideas are as welcome and no previous entrepreneurial experience is required.
Teams are preferred over individual applicants. Teams with members of complementary skills in business, engineering, marketing, etc. would make for a strong application.
Develop your innovation through an entrepreneurial, challenge-based process this summer while being trained by the best local and global entrepreneurship experts.
Gain the skills, training, and tools to kick-start any venture. Learn ideation, human-centered and design thinking processes, and problem-solving.
Win cash prizes of up to AED 8,000 each, from a pool of AED 25,000.
Secure opportunities to further advance your projects through training, mentorship, and coaching with startAD’s Youth Entrepreneurship Program.
Access. Leverage opportunities to grow and connect with like-minded peers, and stakeholders in the comprehensive ADEK and startAD network.
A chance to realize your idea