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EBTIC Innovation and Entrepreneurship Bootcamp

The third Innovation and Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for school students, organized by Emirates ICT Innovation Center (EBTIC) and Khalifa University of Science and Technology, in collaboration with the UAE Ministry of Education, has inspired the participants, encouraging them to learn various ways of converting business ideas into successful commercial ventures.

EBTIC held its hands-on action-oriented bootcamp from 26 – 29 March at Khalifa University Main Campus. The bootcamp was organized under the patronage of His Excellency Engineer Hussain Ibrahim Al Hammadi, UAE Minister of Education and was developed in partnership with British Telecommunications (BT) and the University College Dublin (UCD).

Students proposed projects and had to come up with their own business plans before pitching in front of an elite panel of judges. Each group was mentored by a dedicated professional, who trained them through the entire process of preparing and presenting the business plan.

During the bootcamp, the ‘Understand your Project Challenge’ session offered participants an overview of a project in its various aspects. The ‘Napkin Sketch’ session taught the students how a business idea, from the conceptualization stage to full implementation, can be briefly illustrated to any investor seeking details about the startup concept. Students are given the opportunity to learn about and apply various goal mapping, thinking and communications tools and techniques.

The two sessions of ‘Commercialization Canvas’ informed the students on the guidelines on executing the business plan. Additionally, each of the sessions on ‘Goal mapping’, ‘Systematic thinking’, ‘Design thinking’ and ‘Project work’ provided the participants a holistic view of these diverse scenarios and what goes into taking the right decision during each stage of the planning process. Additionally, the participants learnt about the innovation process, business development, commercialisation skills, entrepreneurship and Intellectual Property (IP) issues.

The panel of judges, representing the industry, academia, government and media, were impressed by the intense involvement of the participants, their presentation skills and guidance from the industry professionals who mentored them throughout the boot camp.

Dr Ahmed Bin Ali, Senior Vice President, Etisalat Corporate Communications, said: “Etisalat is committed to paving the way for smarter digital solutions and applications that mobilizes people, businesses, and the government sector for a better tomorrow. The EBTIC collaboration is in line with the UAE’s national innovation strategy where digital technology is developed as one of the top seven primary national sectors.