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Expo Live to empower more change-makers
October 11, 2017
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DUBAI: Any one has a smart idea that could impact society or the environment, a creative solution to a pressing problem or a scheme that is changing lives has until 2nd December to apply for third round of Expo 2020 Dubai’s innovation grant programme, Expo Live.

The Expo Live Innovation Impact Grant Programme has an allocation of $100 million to support projects with creative solutions to challenges that improve lives or preserve the planet.

The programme supports the UAE leadership’s vision to become one of the most innovative nations in the world by 2021, as well as a vision to diversify into a knowledge-based economy that supports entrepreneurship and creativity, particularly among youth.

Expo Live organisers are looking for ideas already at the demonstration and implementation stage that would not reach their full potential without its support. They could come from anywhere and anyone, as part of Expo 2020 Dubai’s ambition to support the growth of social enterprises, start-ups and grassroots projects.

Yousuf Caires, Vice-President of Expo Live, said: “The UAE is pioneering a path of innovation and the leadership’s directives to nurture this have become deeply rooted in our society, with a particular focus on youth. We welcome these young UAE-based creators to join Expo Live’s community, which already includes some of the best innovators in the world.

“We believe there are innovative projects within the UAE that would benefit from support and guidance to reach their full potential in the international arena. We look forward to supporting those projects, especially SMEs in the UAE and GCC, as well as the rest of the world.”

The Expo Live programme has already supported 45 projects in 30 countries, providing them with funding, business guidance and publicity.

One of the successful projects from the first round of grants is Smart Labour, a UAE-based digital learning and smart services platform that provides voice-enabled content to educate blue-collar workers in their language and provide them with useful smart services to make their lives easier.

Smart Labour was founded by Abu Mouadh, who recognised that the 2.2 million blue-collar workers in the UAE faced many challenges due to the lack of and barriers to education, affecting their productivity, happiness and contribution to the economy.


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