Originally published by Tamara Pupic on ArabianBusiness.com, October 13, 2016.

Eighty nominees across 14 categories have been shortlisted for the 2016 Arabian Business StartUp Awards, with entries ranging from new start-ups to homegrown success stories.

The winners will be decided by the prestigious judging panel consisting of Muna Al Gurg, director of retail at Easa Saleh Al Gurg Group and YAL Board Member; Donna Benton, founder of The Entertainer; Najla Al Midfa, general manager of Sharjah Entrepreneurship Centre; Prashant K. (PK) Gulati, founder of The Assembly, and The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) president; Habib Haddad, CEO of Wamda; and Walid Akawi, CEO of ITP Publishing Group.

The People’s Choice Award: Entrepreneur of the Year is a separate award that will be voted on by Arabian Business StartUp readers. The voting period in this award category will be from Sunday, 16 October, to Sunday, 6 November. The winner will be determined by the highest number of votes received.

The Arabian Business StartUp Awards 2016 winners will be announced and honoured at the 2016 Arabian Business StartUp Awards ceremony, due to take place on Tuesday, 15 November.

The keynote speech of the ceremony will be delivered by Marjan Faraidooni, Vice President of Legacy for Expo 2020 Dubai.

Magnus Olsson, Mudassir Sheikha and Dr. Abdulla Elyas, co-founders of Careem, are to appear as our special guest speakers.

The Arabian Business StartUp Awards are held in partnership with AJSM Investments, Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Skyline University College, and Dawaam.

To book tables or individual tickets please contact Joanna Farrer, Events & Marketing Manager at ITP, at joanna.farrer@itp.com

For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Natasha Pendleton, sales director at ITP Executive, at Natasha.Pendleton@itp.com and Dima Mousseli, Sales Manager, Arabian Business StartUp, atdima.mousseli@itp.com

The Arabian Business StartUp Awards 2016 shortlisted nominees are:

Entrepreneur of the Year

Sarah Jones – Mini Exchange

Mai Medhat – Eventtus

Talal Bayaa – Bayzat

Omar Kassim – JadoPado

Jumana Darwish – The Happy Box

Alper Celen and Ritesh Tilani – joigifts.com

 

Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Khaled Zaatarah – 360MEA and 360VUZ

Jihad Kawas – Saily Inc

Abzal Assembekov – Heptagon Multimedia and Propertyin360

Ala’ Alsallal – Jamalon

Ebraheem Al Samadi – Forever Rose & Al Samadi Group

Zain Khan – The Sound Gaarden

 

Start Up of the Year

Boxit Storage

Falcon Viz

Wrappup

Junkbot

Smart Shelter

Sonate

Insydo

 

SME Leader of the Year

Dubai Desert Extreme

BMB Group

PropertyFinder

compareit4me

Harmony Cosmetics

The Box

 

SME of the Year

FitRepublik

CREATIVE ZONE

Dawaam

Fetchr

Right Bite

°CRYO Holdings

 

Mentor of the Year

Sirine Fadoul, Manager, dTEC

Matt Penas, Pre-accelerator Manager, TURN8 Fund

Gordon T.McConnell, Professor, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, KSA

Ameera Amir, Founder, Weyakum

Taghrid Alsaeed, Senior Vice President, Mubadala Group Communications / Flat6Labs mentor

Mourad Mansour, Professor, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, KSA

 

Intrapreneur of the Year

Nadine Halabi, Business Development Manager, Dubai Business Women Council (DBWC)

Vilma Jurkute, Director, Alserkal Avenue

Catherina Ballout, Managing Director GCC, MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab (MITEF)

 

New Media Start Up of the Year

MyHubber

TaskSpotting

360VUZ

Propertyin360

CitiSpi

 

Social Enterprise of the Year

Wild Guanabana

Smart Labour

taka solutions

Weyakum

Ta’leem Training and Skills Development Center

BizWorld UAE

 

Investor of the Year

Amjad Ahmad – Precinct Partners

Dany Farha – BECO Capital

Elissa Freiha and Chantalle Dumonceaux – WOMENA

Dr. Mussad Al-Razouki – Kuwait Life Sciences Company (KLSC)

Heather Henyon – WAIN

 

Influential Woman in Business Award

Hala Fadel – Leap Ventures / MIT Enterprise Forum of the Pan-Arab region

Mona Ataya – Mumzworld

Sara Al Madani – Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry, shjSEEN

Rana El Eid – RED Design, Café Céramique and Azur Spa

Shereen Tawfiq – Initiativez

Engineer Nermin Fawzi Sa\’d – Handasiyat

 

Start Up Programme of the Year

Innovate for Refugees – MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab

SAP Startup Focus

Microsoft Startup

Endeavor UAE

Collaborative Entrepreneurship

Mowgli Foundation

 

Incubator/Accelerator of the Year

Dubai Future Accelerators

Sheera

KAUST (KSA)

Rowad (Yemen)

dTEC

TURN8

 

Funding Initiative of the Year

Souq.com – $275mn

PropertyFinder – $20mn

Bayut – $20mn (Series C)

The Luxury Closet – $2.2 (Series A) + $7.8 (Series B)

Reserveout – $4mn (Series A)

Movesouq – $3mn