7th International Forum on Innovation and Entrepreneurship 6th iteration of Sharjah Chamber Award for Innovators

Background of the Forum:

The incorporation of innovation in Higher Education and embedding it as a culture is achieved by transforming the universities themselves into innovative institutions. This process can be supported through different initiatives, such as proposing and incubating new ideas, widening the decision-making tools and mechanisms, and diversifying the knowledge base. From this standpoint, the University of Sharjah in collaboration with the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry established the Sharjah Chamber Award for Innovators to encourage students to come up with new innovative ideas and compete on a yearly basis for a prize of 100.000 AED.  The International Forum on Innovation and Entrepreneurship represents an ideal platform to provide practical experience in the field of entrepreneurship, and to instill a culture of innovation in the mindsets of the new generations. Sharjah Chamber Award for Innovators is under the umbrella of the annual International Forum on Innovation and Entrepreneurship organized on a yearly basis by the University of Sharjah in collaboration with the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The Forum under the patronage of His Highness Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, is in line with the UAE Government's approach aimed at nurturing innovation in education in general and in business more specifically.

Objective of the Forum:

The International Forum on Innovation and Entrepreneurship aims to embed an innovation culture amongst the youth to create innovative minds that are ready to seize opportunity and embrace entrepreneurial ideas; participants undergo the equivalent of few weeks of training,, entailing exposure to interesting material and benefiting from capable mentors and judges from both the private and public sectors with a wide experience. The broader aim of the Forum is to raise an ambitious, innovative and responsible generation who can contribute to the economic development of the UAE. One inimitable aspect of the Forum is that it announces the 8 winners of the Sharjah Chamber Award for Innovators during the UAE Innovation month in February after careful scrutiny by expert judges, who win cash prizes worth 100,000 AED.

Value Proposition of the Forum:

-Contribute to discussing the best global practices adopted in the fields of academic and professional innovation-Cultivate a culture of innovation and promote knowledge based economy
 
-Expose students to practical training and tools in the domain of innovation and entrepreneurship.-Encourage collaboration among higher education institutes and corporates

Sharjah Chamber Award for Innovators

The award is open to all the Universities and high school students in the UAE as well as the Arab region and beyond.

The award includes two tracks:  

1- Sustainable Innovations Track –Innovative ideas that have the potential for a positive social or environmental impact.

2- General Innovations Track – Innovative ideas that address national, regional or global development issues (not necessarily related to sustainability).

The judging criteria are as follow:
1- Problem  
2- Solution
3- Unique Value Proposition
4- Business Model
5- Conclusion

Terms and Conditions:

Only one entry is permitted per person.Students are not permitted to participate with project research ideas that they participated with previously in any competition in or outside the UAE.

Entries ought to be submitted online via the competition page.Participants are requested to participate as a team of 2 to 7 students.

Submission Deadline:

January 10, 2022

Contact details:

Ms. Salwa El-Nassar

Ms. Salwa El-Nassar
06-5050511
selnassar@sharjah.ac.ae

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