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in5 launches a COVID-19 innovation contest Open to entrepreneurs, offers winner access to 3D printers, prototyping labs, creative co-working spaces and more

in5 launches a COVID-19 innovation contest

 in5 has announced the launch of an open call competition offering free membership to the entrepreneur or startup with

the best product to boost the UAE’s fight against COVID-19.

The winning entry will receive one year’s free membership at in5. This will include access to its innovation centres, creative co-working spaces, prototyping labs, 3D printers and other facilities designed to support homegrown talent and nurture Dubai’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.

The winning entry must be an innovative solution or idea designed to tackle a social, medical, educational, environmental or logistical challenge associated with COVID-19. It will provide a platform for one entrepreneur to scale up and rollout their product at pace.

Majed Al Suwaidi, Managing Director of Dubai Media City and an in5 leader, said: “Some of the world’s greatest innovations were created during exceptional times and today we have launched an open call competition to find a solution that can support the UAE as it nears a positive breakthrough in the fight against COVID-19.

He added: “Our visionary leadership has built a nation with limitless ambition and during this global challenging we remain focused on enabling entrepreneurs, professionals and freelancers to scaleup their ideas in a nurturing environment to support Dubai’s knowledge-based economy.”

in5 helps startups and entrepreneurs grow with two services. The first is an incubation programme that provides a simplified business setup, creative co-working spaces, mentorship, networking, access to investors, and more. The second is an annual membership offering access to its three innovation centres and other benefits at competitive rates.

How to Apply

Entrants must be a UAE resident with an original idea designed to solve a challenge created by the COVID-19 pandemic. The deadline is Thursday 21 May.

Applications should submit their name, email, contact number, and a short personal bio with a presentation that answers the following questions about the solution: What problem does it solve? Who is the target audience? What does the product look like? What technology, equipment or skills do you need to get it off the ground?

The idea should be emailed to showcase@ddfc.ae.

About in5

in5 is an enabling platform for entrepreneurs and startups, offering five key benefits through its robust startup framework, creative spaces and specialised industry centres, training and mentorship programmes, community wide networking events and access to investors. in5 nurtures ideas and businesses to their next phase of growth.

Launched by TECOM Group, in5’s three specialised Innovation Centres provide aspiring students, entrepreneurs and startups with access to a diverse community of creative minds, facilitating the constant exchange of knowledge and passionate debate conducive to ideation.

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