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    University Innovation Programme

    For university students aiming to solve global problems that affect the region

    So far

    • 788
      Applications
    • 2
      Cycles
    • 47
      Grantees
    • 19
      Universities
    About the programme
    The Expo Live University Innovation Programme incentivises creative thinking, problem-solving and collaboration between university students to solve problems worth solving. It awards grants so that innovative and ingenious concepts, relevant to the UAE and the region, can be accelerated to validation and prototyping.

    The programme helps students generate viable solutions to real-world problems, either by supporting research and development or the creation of commercial applications. All solutions must be aligned with one of Expo 2020 Dubai’s three subthemes: Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability.

    - Prizes range from AED 10,000 to AED 50,000 and are offered as further research and/or development grants. No individual cash prizes will be offered.

    - Funding levels depend on the stage of maturity and scalability of initiatives, as well as the extent of impact.

    - The programme offers networking opportunities, communications exposure and additional capacity-building options.

    - Successful participants will have chance to build partnerships with local governments, business incubators, accelerators, mentors and investors
    How to apply
    Submissions for the second cycle are now closed.

    Our Evaluation Committee

    Our University Innovation Programme grantees are selected by an evaluation committee composed of Expo 2020 Dubai partners as well as experts from Expo and third parties.

    • University Innovation Programme - Expo Live
      Alan Williams

      Deputy Director of UBS Sponsorship and Expo 2020

      UPS
    • University Innovation Programme - Expo Live
      Dina Mostafa

      Head of Sustainability Operations

      Expo 2020 Dubai
    • University Innovation Programme - Expo Live
      Dr. Ismahane Elouafi

      Director General

      International Center for Biosaline Agriculture
    • University Innovation Programme - Expo Live
      Manal Albayat

      Senior Vice President, Content & Programming

      Expo 2020 Dubai
    • University Innovation Programme - Expo Live
      Matteo Luca Maga

      Managing Director Leading Innovations & Sales for Communications, Media & Technologies

      Accenture Middle East
    • University Innovation Programme - Expo Live
      Ned Jaroudi

      Senior Advisor Innovation, Director General Office

      Expo 2020 Dubai
    • University Innovation Programme - Expo Live
      Rashid Mohammed

      Vice President, Information and Communication Technology

      Expo 2020 Dubai
    • University Innovation Programme - Expo Live
      Shaun Vorster

      Senior Advisor, Director, General Office

      Expo 2020 Dubai
    • University Innovation Programme - Expo Live
      Wissam Kadi

      Regional Director, EMEA Southm SAP NEXT-GEN

      SAP
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