Four entrepreneurs have been selected to fly the ‘Proudly from Dubai’ banner at the ChangeNOW Summit in Paris from September 28-29, which brings together inspiring individuals and organisations that are inventing new solutions under the theme ‘Business for Good’.
An initiative that aims to support entrepreneurs and businesses from the emirate, ‘Proudly from Dubai’ tells local and global audiences the success stories of innovative homegrown businesses. Brand Dubai, the creative arm of the Government of Dubai Media Office (GDMO), will showcase the four companies – Omniyati Prosthetic Arts Centre, Evolvin’ Women, Junkbot, and Beta IT – under the ‘Proudly from Dubai’ umbrella at the summit.
“Driven by the vision of its leadership, Dubai is accelerating the future with a focus on breakthrough ideas and technology. This new drive is spawning a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem that is generating exciting new ideas and innovative business models. Dubai is also seeing the emergence of progressive ventures that are generating social value through innovative approaches. While being successful businesses, they are also harnessing innovation for social good and applying creative strategies to solving social and environmental challenges,” said Nehal Badri, director of Brand Dubai.
Over the last few years, Brand Dubai has launched a range of initiatives and projects that tell the story of Dubai’s unique culture, values, identity and aspirations through a range of initiatives including public art projects, installations, art festivals and exhibitions. ‘Proudly from Dubai’ is Brand Dubai’s first initiative focused on entrepreneurial and business ventures.
The success of Omniyati Prosthetics Arts Centre, under the company’s dounder and director, Ashwaq Hamood Hassan, represents the growing role of Emirati women in Dubai’s business landscape. She has led Omniyati’s effort to achieve high levels of excellence in designing and fabricating cosmetic prostheses for medical, artistic, and educational uses. Evolvin’ Women, led by its founder Assia Riccio also adds to Dubai’s story of women entrepreneurs. The company connects hospitality companies to women from developing countries who lack access to quality education and employment opportunities due to personal, political or cultural circumstances.
Headed by founder & CEO, Ehteshamuddin P A, Junkbot envisions to replace toys which use plastic and cause pollution by inspiring children to make robots, gadgets and toys by recycling unused things in their home. Powered by a solar panel, Junkbot’s toys also avoid the use of batteries. Beta IT, a system integrator for information and communication technology infrastructure, specialises in enterprise and telecom grade solutions, and is led by Mohammad Elayyan, director of Corporate Development.