- Acacus Technologies, winner of the USD 100,000 GITEX Global prize
- Sawwagy was awarded USD 20,000 for the Best Arab startup category
- EdTech Solutions won the competition’s USD 20,000 Best Millennial Startup award
- Akoustic Arts took home USD 20,000 as the winners of the Best Woman Startup
The GITEX Technology Week 2016 will end today and winners for the GITEX Global Price, Best Arab startup, Best Millennial startup and Best Women startup have been announced.
It quite exhilarating to witness series of innovation amongst the 38 startups that competed across more than 50 pitches at GITEX Technology Week held in Dubai.
With four cash prizes, the competitors were given the task to convince the judges within five minutes that their idea would be the real revolution in technology ecosystem.
The competition awarded a grand prize of USD 100,000 for GITEX Global Startup Winner and USD 20,000 each in categories for Best Millennial, Arab and Woman entrepreneurs.
According to one of the judges, Darius Moeini, Director of Lab and Venture Development, German Tech Entrepreneurship Center, he disclosed that the competition was so intense as a result of different innovations coming from the competitors, thus making it challenging to decide the winner.
“The startups were on such a high level that we were fighting over who should win the prizes, so it was not an obvious choice and was a very close call for all the categories.” he said.
Acacus Technologies won the GITEX Global Price worth USD 100,000. Acacus Technology provided comprehensive fleet management solution that optimises fleet dispatch and improves fleet safety.
According to Talal Ben Halim, Managing Director, Acacus Technologies, he said winning the Global Startup of the Year award at GITEX means everything to the company, stating that winning the competition, being part of the ecosystem created by the whole Startup Movement in Dubai has been good experience.
He said the GITEX event gave room to network and explores new ideas and opportunities. “It means much more than winning the prize, it’s everything that being here has done for us as a business.”
2016 GITEX Global Prize Winner, Acacus Technology
Akoustic Arts won the price for Best Woman Startup worth USD 20,000. The startup created a “speaker”, which is described as the world’s most advanced directional speaker.
Commenting on the prize, Myriam Marcetteau , Managing Director, Akoustic Arts said “We appreciate the recognition of female entrepreneurs at GITEX, and that the organisers understand the importance of supporting female entrepreneurs in achieving their goals.”
“We are very delighted that the winners emerging from the Dubai intensive pitch sessions over the last three days of the ‘Strut-up’ competition come from around the world – from Lebanon to Canada and beyond. It shows the globalness of the innovative talents attending the event”, he said.
Thirdly, Sawwagy from Saudi Arabia won the Best Arab startup, and awarded with USD 20,000. The startup developed an app designed to help Saudi families communicate with private driving services. Features include pinpointing a destination for the driver to travel, and notifications on progress and arrival, without the driver needing to read messages or answer calls while on the road.
“We’re very proud of winning the Best Arab Startup award at GITEX Technology Week 2016! After months of hard work and sleepless nights, it feels great to receive recognition for our work and more importantly for the idea. We believe our product makes both families’ and drivers’ lives easier. Fingers crossed this will be just the first step in our journey to having the Sawwagy app used by every family in Saudi.” said co-founder, Sebastian Dietzel, Sawwagy.
GITEX 2016 Startup Winners
Lastly, EdTech Solutions won the competition’s USD 20,000 Best Millennial startup award with their “Teach Me Now” education platform. The Teach Me Now educational platform provides virtual classrooms for teachers and students to improve their education experience.
According to Thea Myhrvold, Founder, EdTech Solutions, said “the startup scene in Dubai is growing really fast, and there is so much potential here, however, Teach Me Now’s first ever lesson saw a professor in Venezuela teaching a student in the Middle East.
“What is really great is the government in Dubai and the UAE, how they support entrepreneurs, and also encourage female entrepreneurship. I moved back to Dubai to be a part of this change and create more positive stories for this region.” he added