Big Challenge 2

Accelerating Innovation and Creativity

Sandooq Al Watan currently provides funding and support for 9 initiatives that address the need to create a sustainable local innovation and creativity eco-system led by Emiratis with active participation by Emiratis. These initiatives deal with several different aspects of innovation and creativity, with a major focus on early-stage innovation and creativity promotion. Several initiatives focus upon school-age children. Others embrace university students. Some combine issues of sustainability with innovation. Others focus on industry-based circular economy challenges and opportunities for research and innovation. Also, support is provided for the expansion of the creative industries


UAE Coder-iOS Design Challenge

UAE Coder-Swift Accelerator

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Al Bidayat

Emirati Innovation & Creativity Awards


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Provide soft skills training, a 6 to 8 week private sector internship, an Emirati pri- vate sector mentor, and job search support to 200 participants in 2022 rising to 500 by 2024. The top performers are offered international internships.
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UAE Coder
Encourage gifted and talented young Emiratis to pursue STEM careers by introducing them to the fun of technology and programming.
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Emirati Innovator
An expert VC is contracted to identify two investment opportunities per year.
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