At the third edition of AIM Startup, which was organized in conjunction with the Annual Investment Meeting (AIM), named Winnon, Zero Prime Technology, Dhonor Healthcare, Grintafy and Aviotron as the winners of the Startup competition.
While Winnon was awarded a prize in the Growth category, Zero Prime Technology secured a win in the Social Impact category. Dhonor Health Care was declared a winner for the early pre-launch category, while Grintafy and Aviotron won the competition in the early post launch category. Winners were awarded USD 10000 each for their participation and encouraging ventures.
Dr. Adeeb Al-Afifi, Director of the National Program for SMEs and Projects, said, “AIM Startup represents this year’s emerging companies in Dubai and in MENA, in a forum that links investment opportunities and investors from around the world. AIM Startup is a platform where we can showcase the economic developments the UAE has achieved, as well as its economic diversification, which has opened the door even wider for a range of investment opportunities, making it a top destination for investment.”
According to Dr. Al-Afifi, that the number of registered SMEs has reached 98% of the total registered companies, and 89% of which are into trade and service sector, accounting to 49% contribution to UAE’s non-oil GDP, a fine reflection of the country’s attraction of investment. The total number of SMEs in the country as a whole, and specifically those registered in Dubai, is increasing.
With a remarkably large number of potential startups participating from all parts of the world, this year’s edition featured some interesting startups as INVOIZ, Jeyun, Urban Oasis, Winnow, More Dream, Bright Sandz, Jandi, Tely Pay, Lemonade Fashion, Carclilty, Men Wall, Liha, Bab Makkah and several others. The event also witnessed key participation of companies as National Program for SMEs and Projects, Dubai South, Abu Dhabi Global Market, Khalifa Fund, Koica, Kotra, Rakez, Rak SME, ASA Venture and Levari
AIM Startup Award Ceremony is designed to celebrate the most innovative entrepreneurs, recognize their ideas as well as celebrate and put the spotlights on their achievements. This year’s edition of AIM Startup proved to be an effective platform where the world’s most promising and disruptive start-ups were given an opportunity to expose innovative solutions to the global participants of the Annual Investment Meeting – a perfect place for entrepreneurs to meet business leaders, decision makers, government officials and investors directly.