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Arabian Business StartUp Awards 2016 finalists unveiled

Arabian Business StartUp Awards attracted massive interest from across the GCC region, with more than 400 nominations being submitted across 14 categories

Arabian Business StartUp Awards 2016 finalists unveiled

Eighty nominees across 14 categories have been shortlisted for the 2016 Arabian Business StartUp Awards, with entries ranging from new start-ups to homegrown success stories.

The winners will be decided by the prestigious judging panel consisting of Muna Al Gurg, director of retail at Easa Saleh Al Gurg Group and YAL Board Member; Donna Benton, founder of The Entertainer; Najla Al Midfa, general manager of Sharjah Entrepreneurship Center; Prashant K. (PK) Gulati, founder of The Assembly, and The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) president; Habib Haddad, CEO of Wamda; and Walid Akawi, CEO of ITP Publishing Group.

The People’s Choice Award: Entrepreneur of the Year is a separate award that will be voted on by Arabian Business StartUp readers. The voting period in this award category will be from Sunday, 16 October, to Sunday, 6 November. The winner will be determined by the highest number of votes received.

The Arabian Business StartUp Awards 2016 winners will be announced and honoured at the 2016 Arabian Business StartUp Awards ceremony, due to take place on Tuesday, 15 November.

The keynote speech of the ceremony will be delivered by Marjan Faraidooni, Vice President of Legacy for Expo 2020 Dubai.

Magnus Olsson, Mudassir Sheikha and Dr. Abdulla Elyas, co-founders of Careem, are to appear as our special guest speakers.

The Arabian Business StartUp Awards are held in partnership with AJSM Investments, Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Skyline University College, and Dawaam.

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The Arabian Business StartUp Awards 2016 shortlisted nominees are:


Entrepreneur of the Year

Sarah Jones – Mini Exchange

Mai Medhat – Eventtus

Talal Bayaa – Bayzat

Omar Kassim – JadoPado

Jumana Darwish – The Happy Box

Alper Celen and Ritesh Tilani –


Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Khaled Zaatarah – 360MEA and 360VUZ

Jihad Kawas – Saily Inc

Abzal Assembekov – Heptagon Multimedia and Propertyin360

Ala' Alsallal – Jamalon

Ebraheem Al Samadi – Forever Rose & Al Samadi Group

Zain Khan – The Sound Gaarden


Start Up of the Year

Boxit Storage

Falcon Viz



Smart Shelter




SME Leader of the Year

Dubai Desert Extreme

BMB Group



Harmony Cosmetics

The Box


SME of the Year





Right Bite

°CRYO Holdings


Mentor of the Year

Sirine Fadoul, Manager, dTEC

Matt Penas, Pre-accelerator Manager, TURN8 Fund

Gordon T.McConnell, Professor, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, KSA

Ameera Amir, Founder, Weyakum

Taghrid Alsaeed, Senior Vice President, Mubadala Group Communications / Flat6Labs mentor

Mourad Mansour, Professor, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, KSA


Intrapreneur of the Year

Nadine Halabi, Business Development Manager, Dubai Business Women Council (DBWC)

Vilma Jurkute, Director, Alserkal Avenue

Catherina Ballout, Managing Director GCC, MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab (MITEF)


New Media Start Up of the Year







Social Enterprise of the Year

Wild Guanabana

Smart Labour

taka solutions


Ta’leem Training and Skills Development Center

BizWorld UAE


Investor of the Year

Amjad Ahmad – Precinct Partners

Elissa Freiha and Chantalle Dumonceaux – WOMENA

Dr. Mussad Al-Razouki – Kuwait Life Sciences Company (KLSC)

Heather Henyon – WAIN

Dany Farha and Amir Farha – BECO Capital


Influential Woman in Business Award

Hala Fadel – Leap Ventures / MIT Enterprise Forum of the Pan-Arab region

Mona Ataya – Mumzworld

Sara Al Madani – Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry, shjSEEN

Rana El Eid – RED Design, Café Céramique and Azur Spa

Shereen Tawfiq – Initiativez

Engineer Nermin Fawzi Sa\'d – Handasiyat


Start Up Programme of the Year

Innovate for Refugees – MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab

SAP Startup Focus

Microsoft Startup

Endeavor UAE

Collaborative Entrepreneurship

Mowgli Foundation


Incubator/Accelerator of the Year

Dubai Future Accelerators



Rowad (Yemen)




Funding Initiative of the Year - $275mn

PropertyFinder - $20mn

Bayut - $20mn (Series C)

The Luxury Closet - $2.2 (Series A) + $7.8 (Series B)

Reserveout - $4mn (Series A)

Movesouq - $3mn

Adel 3 years ago

Good Luck Zain Khan from The Sound Garden