Startup Weekend is one of the preeminent events in a city’s startup ecosystem. Bringing together dozens of entrepreneurs, developers and startup enthusiasts for 54 hours to create a new startup, the weekend event emerged from humble beginnings in Boulder, Colorado in 2007. Since then, Startup Weekend has expanded around the world with events in over 135 countries and 210,000 attendees a year.
With Dubai’s proliferation of startups and entrepreneurship events, it was only a matter of time for Startup Weekend to reach Dubai and it has been a big success since 2013. From 19th to 21st November, Startup Weekend Dubai returned with 103 entrants from across the entrepreneurship ecosystem taking part.
WOMENA was a partner of this year’s Startup Weekend and Chantalle was part of the judging panel. In first place was MyCars (pictured above, courtesy of Startup Weekend Dubai), a model to find cars to rent in different cities. Fitness Buddies, a model where fitness enthusiasts were matched to one another based on their workouts, came second. Wa9faat, a platform to facilitate access to Arabic receipts via referral, placed third. There was a separate prize for B2B (business-to-business) entrants, which was won by VVIP.
Congratulations to all participants and we look forward to seeing you next year for a weekend of inspiration!