YSpot unveils its new AI-driven website

Yspot, the unique and forward-thinking platform designed to revolutionize connectivity between youth and organisations, has unveiled its new cutting-edge AI-driven website. Yspot's upgraded website owes its existence to the support of the Sharjah Entrepreneurship Center's (Sheraa) 2023 S3 program. Yspot had the privilege of participating in this incubator programme.Yspot was a natural fit, bridging the gap between Sharjah's educational institutions and Sheraa's mission to nurture startups in the EdTech sector. Both shared a common vision of empowering the next generation of change-makers. Sheraa's focus on youth initiatives, like capacity-building programmes, startup career fairs, and inspirational events in university hubs, aims to instill an entrepreneurial mindset in young individuals from an early age. Sheraa played a pivotal role in encouraging Yspot to transition from an application to a website, improving the experience for both organizations and young people aged 16 to 25. The new website offers a range of resources tailored to benefit both parties.Within the upgraded website, Yspot is dedicated to skill development, offering young people access to various empowering tools and free services, including AI CV building, AI cover letter creation, an AI career coach, and an AI skill assessment. This skill assessment not only benefits young individuals but is also invaluable for organizations. It is customizable, providing organizations with an in-depth analysis of specific skills. Yspot also empowers young people to identify skill gaps in their chosen fields and offers opportunities for upskilling. This makes it easier for organizations to select suitable candidates.Deena Habib, Founder of Yspot, expressed her pride in being part of Sheraa's S3 program, which has added immense value to YSpot and its mission to bridge the gap between youth and businesses.As part of the Sheraa stand, Yspot is showcased at Expand North Star 2023 (GITEX), the world's largest convention for startups and investors. Sheraa continues to support Yspot's vision of addressing youth skill development and expanding its impact in Sharjah and beyond. This contributes to a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem and a prosperous future.Yspot said it remains committed to offering internship opportunities for youth and will continue to partner with organisations. These organisations can now utilize Yspot's AI-driven data to connect with skilled individuals. The female-led startup has already partnered with organizations and universities across the UAE, including American University Sharjah, GEMS Schools, L'Oreal, and JBM Studio.

Sheraa & Arada announce nationwide competition to empower next fashion prodigy

Sharjah: Sharjah Entrepreneurship Center (Sheraa) and Arada have announced a joint initiative as partners, which is poised to turn the spotlight on the UAE’s emerging talents in fashion. Their impact investment initiative is designed to harness the full business potential of local and locally based designers who need mentoring and support to bring their fashion concept to their target audiences across the nation.The initiative starts with a contest wherein interested applicants need to send their entries to the registration page on Sheraa’s social media platforms, before September 21, and ends with an opportunity to win a three-month rent-free retail space at Artal’s first beautifully designed boutique on East Boulevard in Aljada, Arada’s master community in Sharjah. Apart from being in Artal, one of the UAE’s most sought-after addresses for contemporary Emirati women’s fashion, and sharing the space with leading designers at this multi-brand boutique, the winning fashion concept will be given the opportunity to connect with thousands of entrepreneurs, investors and ecosystem giants at the Sharjah Entrepreneurship Festival (SEF) 2023.Additionally, Sheraa will mentor shortlisted candidates by offering them pitch training, organise and conduct the pitch competition and coordinate with the winning concept to finalise their SEF 2023 showcase.Alongside providing the free retail space to the winner at Artal, Arada will also review the winner’s proposal and offer advisory support on branding including design, signage and marketing strategy. Arada’s commercial experts will provide a detailed finance and business model review to the winning concept. Eligibility criteria The impact investment initiative has been designed to scout the next generation of modest wear and home-based brands based in Sharjah or looking to expand in the emirate. Contest targets local and resident designers and university students who have been operating online through their personal social networks and need more traction, or those who have the talent and the concept, but require expert guidance, business mentoring and the right platforms to connect with their target audience.Encouraging designers from across the UAE to join this competition, Iman Ben Chaibah, Head of Community Engagement at Sheraa noted: “The fashion industry in the UAE is as vibrant as it is competitive, and sometimes the right mentoring and showcasing opportunities become the difference between failure and success, particularly for individual designers who are up against giant global brands. This impact investment initiative has been designed by Sheraa and supported by Arada to ensure that the exceptional talents in the field of fashion design in Sharjah and the UAE receive world-class mentoring and support to bring their dreams to fruition. As a nation, we admire and respect ingenuity and entrepreneurial spirit, and therefore design initiatives that ensure that art and creativity continue to thrive.”Zainab Salem, Founding Manager, Artal, said: “We are honored at Artal to be part of this initiative, which falls in line with our strategy that aims to support the community through empowering talented fashion designers and giving them the opportunity to achieve their dreams. Through this initiative, we are reinforcing the importance of the fashion industry in the United Arab Emirates, which is fast becoming a global hub for the sector. Artal will be offering the winner of this competition not just retail space at its Aljada store but also the benefit of a full advisory scheme in conjunction with Arada’s commercial experts to continue its successful journey and achieve excellence”.Artal is a venture by Arada, the innovative master developer behind Aljada. Launched in 2017, Arada is one of the UAE’s fastest-growing master developers, with AED37 billion of projects under development, including the Masaar forested community, Jouri Hills at Jumeirah Golf Estates and the newly announced Armani Beach Residences at Palm Jumeirah. The Sharjah Entrepreneurship Festival (SEF) is one of the biggest ecosystem events in the region, which has hosted 18,500+ attendees and 465+ local and international speakers in five years. The 2022 edition of SEF was its largest yet. The two-day festival welcomed over 5,900 founders, students and thought leaders who presented path breaking and socially conscious ideas that will shape a better future for humans as well as our planet.

Sheraa unveils ‘Youth Ambassadors’ campaign

Sharjah: In a drive to resonate with the youthful spirit of innovation and boundless potential, the Sharjah Entrepreneurship Center (Sheraa) announces the launch of their ‘Sheraa Youth Ambassadors’ campaign, marking a transformative step towards amplifying the voices of UAE's most outstanding young talents. Launching in conjunction with International and UAE Youth Day on 12th August, the campaign, powered by the Information and Communication Technology Fund (ICT Fund), is poised to redefine the narrative of youth engagement in the sector.The campaign, which will be embodied by eight exceptional young individuals, will serve as the vibrant face of Sheraa, not only celebrating the diversity and vibrancy of UAE's youth but also underscore their role as trailblazers in shaping the nation's entrepreneurial landscape.Until August 28th, the call is out for young innovators, dreamers, and change-makers to seize the opportunity and apply to become Sheraa Youth Ambassadors through the following portal: By joining the inaugural cohort, participants gain access to a slew of unparalleled benefits, propelling them toward new horizons of success.Exclusive access to a myriad of benefitsThrough this initiative, young minds will be empowered to share their unique perspectives, bold ideas, and creative solutions within a dynamic community of like-minded innovators. This collaborative environment forms a powerful platform to drive positive change and catalyse transformational impact.The campaign facilitates direct connections with industry experts, thought leaders, and visionaries, nurturing networks that can sculpt the trajectory of an entrepreneurial journey. With these connections, ambassadors can cultivate partnerships that redefine the trajectory of innovation and give them a foothold on their future success.The Sheraa Youth Ambassadors programme offers access to tailor-made training programs, mentorship sessions, and workshops designed to hone entrepreneurial skills. The selected ambassadors will acquire the tools needed to thrive in the dynamic innovation ecosystem, making them well-equipped to tackle challenges and seize opportunities.Recognising leadership and talent in the youthThe eight selected Sheraa Youth Ambassadors will gain wide-spread recognition through Sheraa's communication channels, media features, and events, providing a powerful springboard for these young innovators, as well as validation for their contributions and leadership.Commenting on the launch of the initiative, Najla Al Midfa, CEO of Sheraa said, “As we celebrate the International Youth Day and launch our ‘Sheraa Youth Ambassadors’ programme, this marks a pivotal moment, a beacon of opportunity and growth for the future leaders of innovation. Since 2016, we have empowered over 12,500 students through hundreds of hours of mentorship and coaching, helped to launch and incubate countless youth-led startups, and propelled young talent through enabling them to transform dreams into reality. This campaign is incredibly important to us; it is the symphony of our commitment to nurturing brilliance, fostering connections, and igniting pathways to impact entrepreneurship. Together, as we embark on this journey, we illuminate the limitless possibilities that lie ahead, and we at Sheraa are honoured to guide the next generation of visionary change-makers towards their extraordinary destinies.”Eng. Omar Al Mahmoud, CEO of ICTFund, emphatically underscores the imperative of nurturing emerging talents and providing unwavering support to these young innovators who hold the keys to our collective future. He articulates, "In our unwavering belief that pioneering ideas pave the path to the future we aspire to, we recognize that fostering the potential of these young talents is the cornerstone of progress. Guided by this principle, the vision of the ICT Fund at TDRA is dedicated to fostering education, training, and groundbreaking initiatives, cultivating an entrepreneurial ethos within the realm of ICT. On the occasion of International Youth Day, we reassert our confidence in these visionary youths as harbingers of tomorrow. Our conviction is resolute that creative minds flourish exponentially when provided with the requisite support and resources. Reflecting on our past strides in empowering the younger generation and nurturing their endeavors, I emphasize the enduring commitment of the ICT Fund to championing these exceptional individuals, with the aspiration that they shall become guiding stars illuminating the path to a sustainable future."Sharjah Entrepreneurship Center invites all budding entrepreneurs and visionary change-makers to embark on the journey of a lifetime. As their ‘Sheraa Youth Ambassadors’ campaign kicks off on August 12th, the initiative promises to be a beacon of inspiration, skills development, and unity.

Sheraa unlocks entrepreneurial potential within AI industry

Sharjah Entrepreneurship Center (Sheraa) recently hosted a highly engaging and informative workshop on entrepreneurship as part of the UAE’s Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy and Remote Work Applications Office’s ‘AI SUMMER CAMP 5.0’. Titled, ‘Building Blocks of Entrepreneurship: A workshop from ideation to implementation,’ the empowering session covered a range of topics related to entrepreneurship and was held at the Sheraa headquarters within the Sharjah Research Technology and Innovation Park.The workshop, led by Sheraa’s team of experienced entrepreneurs and mentors, gave 25 eager participants an exclusive opportunity to learn about the different stages of the entrepreneurial journey, the skills and resources they need to succeed, and the potential of the emerging AI industry. Open to all aspiring entrepreneurs, the 4-hour jam-packed session demonstrated the various ways Sheraa is committed to helping entrepreneurs capitalise on this opportunity.Empowering entrepreneurs with essential skills and toolsDuring the workshop, participants were introduced to key tools and concepts that are crucial for entrepreneurial success. The ‘Business Blueprint Canvas’ was discussed as a strategic planning tool, enabling those attending to visualise and organise their business ideas and strategies. The workshop additionally focused on crafting an impactful ‘Elevator Pitch’, teaching participants how to effectively communicate their concepts in a concise and compelling manner.To enhance pitching skills further, an interactive session was held titled ‘Pitch This’, which allowed those participating to practise and receive feedback on their ideas. Another important topic covered was ‘Journey Mapping’, with a specific emphasis on identifying pain points rather than jumping to solutions. By understanding the customer journey and these points, participants were equipped with the knowledge to develop solutions that address real world needs. Supporting the entrepreneurial ecosystemCommenting on the positive response to the workshop, Najla Al Midfa, CEO of Sheraa, said, “AI has the potential to transform industries, and we intend to help the ecosystem we have established in Sharjah to lead the way in this field. Our partnership with the UAE AI Camp has equipped participants with a road-map to success, providing the knowledge and skills they need to develop and launch impactful AI-powered businesses.”Expanding on the role that Sheraa plays in the entrepreneurial landscape, Najla Al Midfa stated, “At Sheraa we firmly believe that entrepreneurship is essential for economic growth and innovation, and we are committed to providing support and guidance to aspiring entrepreneurs on every step of their journey.”

Sheraa's ChatGPT Hackathon revolutionizes digital solutions

Dubai: PANGAIA, the world’s most innovative materials science company, known for bringing problem-solving innovations to the world through premium lifestyle products, is opening its first Travel Retail store in the prime location of the Emirates’ hub in Dubai.PANGAIA’s purpose is to inspire and accelerate an Earth-positive future. To bring its purpose closer to consumers and invite people on the journey, PANGAIA collaborated with Lagardere Travel Retail and Dubai Airports as strategic partners to enter travel retail, with its first outpost at DXB, – the world’s busiest international airport for the 9th year running and a trend-setter among global aviation hubs.Store Experience & DesignPANGAIA is located in Concourse B, Terminal 3, and occupies a footprint of 182 sqm. The entrance is a bespoke large digital fascia that displays a sneak peek into PANGAIA’s ethos, and serves as a platform to introduce passengers to the brand’s Earth-positive mission. Upon entering, the space offers a unique immersion into nature, starting from the custom-built terrarium as a central feature to the natural soundscape and the invigorating scent in the fitting rooms to emulate the experience of being immersed in a forest. Echoing the brand's purpose, the PANGAIA store has been mindfully designed around locally sourced finishes, natural materials and energy-efficient LED lighting throughout.Product OfferPANGAIA has curated a broad range of powered by nature products that speak to the brand’s focus on ‘high tech naturalism’ and innovation through materials science. In addition to a wide range of the iconic organic or recycled cotton 365 loungewear styles, the concession will feature a collection of FLWRDWN™ outerwear, recycled wool and cashmere, plant-based activewear, grape leather sneakers, as well as jersey styles from FRUTFIBER™ and a selection of MIRUM® accessories.The opening of PANGAIA also marks the extension of Lagardère Travel Retail’s operations at DXB to Retail, in addition to its extensive and diverse portfolio of F&B outlets.Commenting on this announcement, Vadim Motlik, CEO, Lagardère Travel Retail UAE, said: ““This is truly a partnership between PANGAIA, Dubai Airports and Lagardere Travel Retail. The journey has been marked by a very collaborative and enthusiastic spirit, eager to bring the brand to life in the world’s busiest airport.This new business venture is a testament of Lagardere Travel Retail’s commitment to provide innovative and unique experiences to passengers, alongside the strong sustainability focus our business has for the years to come.”PANGAIA collective added: “Since our inception, PANGAIA’s mission has been to inspire and accelerate industry transformation towards an Earth-Positive future. With the incredible support of our partners, we were able to create an experience connecting the traveling audience back to nature, offering them a glimpse into the movement we are creating and having them join us on the journey towards more responsible production and consumption.” Welcoming the arrival of Pangaia to Dubai International, Eugene Barry, EVP - Commercial at Dubai Airports said, "Our partnership with Lagardère Travel Retail and Pangaia not only enhances the airport consumer experience for our guests, but also reinforces our commitment to sustainable practices. By bringing this highly innovative brand to DXB, we aim to inspire travellers to make conscious choices and create greater awareness about the collective power of individual actions. Together, we are creating spaces where environmental responsibility, creativity and style seamlessly coexist, offering DXB guests the opportunity to make a positive impact on their journeys."