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Dubai CEO among the judges at Harvard start-up competition

Startup Pitch Competition was held as part of the Arab Conference at Harvard event

Dubai CEO among the judges at Harvard start-up competition

The 9th edition of the Startup Pitch Competition aims to promote the growth of entrepreneurship in the Arab world and is held as part of the Arab Conference at Harvard, one of the largest and most prestigious Arab business gatherings in the United States.


Sahiqa Bennett, the CEO and co-founder at Searchie, a Dubai-based recruitment portal which uses modern technological advances to help screen and shortlist candidates based on an employer's brief, is one of the judges at a start-up pitching competition organised by Harvard University in Boston.

The 9th edition of the Startup Pitch Competition aims to promote the growth of entrepreneurship in the Arab world and is held as part of the Arab Conference at Harvard, one of the largest and most prestigious Arab business gatherings in the United States.

According to the competition’s website, up to eight start-ups from the Arab world are given “the opportunity to present a short pitch, receive feedback, and network with high-profile figures in the entrepreneurship ecosystem, including venture capitalists, angel investors, prominent entrepreneurs and industry experts”.


Sahiqa Bennett, the CEO and co-founder at Searchie

Bennett, who set up Searchie in March 2018, is also a Senior Advisor with Lead Ventures & The Office of His Highness Sheikh Sultan, where she advises on innovation and technology.

Other judges in the competition include Mohamad Hamdy, founder and managing partner at Venturemena, Fouad Farès, founder and CEO of Mindsmaster Canada inc., Hiba S Sharief, CEO of Elevoro and Dr. Manaf Bouchentouf, executive director at HEC Montréal Business School.

The winner of the competition will be announced later on Sunday.

Bennet will also speak at an event called the ‘Role of Women in the Fourth Industrial Revolution’, which will look at the gender imbalance which exists within the male-dominated technology industry.