To promote innovation and the entrepreneurial spirit at the HCT-Sharjah Women’s campus (SJW), the Shoumoukh and Tomouh clubs have been working together with the Business and General Studies Divisions to host a three-stage Innovation Challenge.
At the beginning of the spring semester, students studying the BUS 2403 & LSS 2403 courses, and the wider student community at SJW, were informed about the first stage of the Innovation Challenge to be held in April 2017.
Over 50 innovative student ideas were submitted and then presented in class, with fellow students voting for the top ten entries. These groups were then assigned presentation mentors and communication coaches who worked with the teams to ensure they had the enhanced knowledge, confidence and skills to present their ideas to a panel of judges.The inclusion of mentors and communication coaches has made a significant improvement on the quality and style of presentations in the 2017 Innovation Challenge.
The judging panel was comprised of the following business executives:
- Sulaf Saleh Al-Zu’bi, Chief Executive Officer, INJAZ
- Sirine Fadoul, Incubation Manager-DTEC, Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority
- Randah Taher, Creativity and Innovation Consultant, Sajory
On April 24th, the first Innovation Challenge welcomed HE Sara Al Madani, the youngest board member of the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce, as well as a successful entrepreneur. HE Sara Al Madani spoke from the heart and gave a motivational key note speech highly relevant to the SJW students.
Amna Al Qassab noted of Sara Al Madani: “She is a true role model, her speech made me feel that I can do anything I put my mind too. Everyone is so scared of failing and Sara showed us how failing only made her stronger and more successful.”
HE Sara Al Madani was welcomed by Dr. Muhadditha Al Hashmi, SJW Director, who encouraged the students to work hard and pursue their dreams.
The five winning teams were:
- Smart ID Card (1st Place)
- Girls Society (2nd Place)
- Carpooling (3rd Place)
- Gas Detector (4th Place)
- VR Glasses (5th Place)
The next stage of the challenge will take place once again in the Fall, and in November 10 more teams will compete. The winning teams from April and November will develop business plans, prototypes and a video depicting their journey.
In February 2018, the month of Innovation as decreed by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the top ten teams will pitch their ideas again in a TedX style competition.
Over the next few months the winning teams will be working hard with mentors to launch a business platform. We wish everyone the best!