Three inspirational UAE startups have been granted Dhs1 million
These organisations are dedicated to improving lives all over the world.
You’ve probably heard all about Expo 2020 Dubai, but you may know less about its innovation programme, Expo Live.
It’s pretty cool, actually – the programme, which launched in January, has a fund of US100 million (Dhs367 million), which will be used to support projects that offer creative solutions to improve people’s lives.
The first round of funding has just been announced, and three UAE-based startups are among 29 organisations from all over the world to receive grants. Between them, the UAE companies will receive more than Dhs1 million (though the exact amount they will each get has not been disclosed).
They will also have the chance to showcase their work at Expo 2020 Dubai.
Who are the lucky recipients? One is the Smart Labour app, a digital learning platform designed for blue-collar workers and labourers.
The app helps workers by teaching them life skills like reading and writing in their own languages, and offering prizes like food and shopping vouchers. It also has a service where users can report health and safety incidents at work.
“There are 2.2 million blue-collar workers in the UAE and about 16.5 million workers in the Middle East,” Smart Labour founder Abu Muadh explained.
“Most of them are not connected to the smart world and are only using technology for entertainment purposes. In life, they face many challenges due to the lack of and barriers to education.”
Another beneficiary is the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture. This Dubai-based, non-profit research centre develops agricultural production systems using limited land and water resources which are available in desert environments.
The grant from Expo Live will support the development of inland and coastal modular farms in the UAE.
The third recipient from the UAE is Ver2 Digital Medicine, an eHealth services platform that uses connectivity to solve healthcare’s biggest challenges.
The grant will support the development of an innovative medical education model that is being replicated across Africa.
“When it comes to having access to high quality medical education, there is an unfortunate global supply demand imbalance,” said Ver2 CEO Brian de Francesca.
“It is our intention to provide access to high quality medical knowledge to everyone, all of the time, everywhere.”
Mabrook to these inspirational UAE organisations!