By Gavin Gibbon
UAE-based company crowned at Arabian Business Start-up awards in Waldorf Astoria, Palm Jumeirah
UAE-based Okadoc has been named Start-up of the Year at the annual Arabian Business Start-up Awards in the Waldorf Astoria on Palm Jumeirah.
The company, which connects healthcare providers and doctors with their patients, beat off strong competition from over 75 nominations to claim the prestigious accolade.
Patients can use okadoc.com to find doctors across more than 130 specialities based on location, language spoken, insurance and availability.
It also helps practitioners, clinics and hospitals reduce ‘no-shows’ by up to 75 percent, optimise their bookings, attract and engage new patients.
The glittering awards gala saw Vilhelm Hedberg, founder of car-sharing company ekar, crowned SME Leader of the Year; while the award for Incubator/Accelerator of the Year went to Business Incubators and Accelerators Company (BIAC), a subsidiary of the Saudi Technology Development and Investment Company (TAQNIA), owned by the Public Investment Fund (PIF).
Rehab Mansoor, general manager, REHLATY, by dnata Travel, was named Mentor of the Year in recognition of her work in coaching over 80 growing start-ups.
The award for New Media Start-up of the Year went to Mintaga, which has been described as the ‘TripAdvisor’ of the Dubai property market.
Hamdi Osman, whose portfolio of investments includes everything from finch to edutech, healthcare to last mile delivery, was declared Investor of the Year; and Gavin Kwas, from Beehive, scooped the award for Intrepreneur of the Year.
Mohammed Bin Rashid Initiative for Global Prosperity, which was set up in March 2017 and unites the world’s leading manufacturers, start-ups and entrepreneurs, governments, UN agencies and philanthropists, academia and researchers, to form a global community dedicated to spreading global prosperity, won Social Enterprise of the Year.
While the award for Start-up Programme of the Year went to SEA Ventures, which has been a life-turning catalyst for over 100 start-up businesses.
Tamatem, the leading mobile games publisher in the Arabic speaking market, was named SME of the year; and Rashid Al Ghurair, founder of the region’s first on-demand fuel delivery application, Cafu, was presented with the Entrepreneur of the Year award.
Editor’s Choice awards on the evening went to: Desert Control Middle East, Repeat, ServiceMyCar, NorthStart and Dubailad.