Dubai Women’s College Health Science students win the first award at Entrepreneurial Planning and Innovation Competition

Published March 24th, 2010 - 09:47 GMT
A group of three students from Health Science program at Dubai Women’s College (DWC) won recently the first place of the UAE's first nationwide, CERT - Wharton Entrepreneurial Planning & Innovation Competition (EPIC) while the second place went to DWC alumnae.
DWC’s Health Sciences Dental Assistant students, Dalal Al-Dhabyani, Salimah Ahmed, and Khawlah Al-Hanni won the first award for their project, the D-Kit, which is a 4-in-1 bilingual computerized device and guideline that assists diabetics in managing their disease and its ancillary complications including hypertension, obesity, etc. . Under the mentorship of their faculty Dr. Sanoop George and counseled by Nao Valentino, Manager of DWC’s Entrepreneurship Centre, the students modeled the firm ‘Miracle Makers’, which mainly produces products that combat prevalent health concerns in the UAE and the GCC, in order to improve community health through commerce. 
Mentored by these faculty over a span of  4-months leading up to the final round, the teams prepared stellar business plans and presentations for commercial concepts spanning the medical, retail, e-commerce, and hospitality industries.  Nao Valentino, DWC’s Entrepreneurship Manager said “entrepreneurs play a significant role in serving the needs of society and in curbing unemployment and poverty. These businesses could potentially employ other nationals and expatriates and could really curb the unemployment situation in the Middle East”. Dr. Sanoop, DWC Dental Nursing faculty commented that the winning of health science students is  an eye opener for all the students that entrepreneurship need not always be meant to be done by the business students and can be attempted by anyone creative and focused on serving a need.
The competition was a collaborative initiative between the Higher Colleges of Technology's Centre of Excellence for Applied Research and Training (CERT) and the Wharton Business School of the University of Pennsylvania. DWC dominated all rounds of the UAE-wide competition, making up over 50% of the ranked teams and securing FIRST Place, SECOND Place and BEST all-around Undergraduate Award. The teams walked away with over 145,000 AED as cash prizes.  Dr. Howard Reed, Director of DWC, said, “Dubai needs more young entrepreneurs and DWC’s Centre of Excellence for Business and IT Entrepreneurship is making it happen.  These impressive winners are being coached to convert their business ideas into reality”.
From her part, Mareyah Ahmad, DWC Alumnae who won the second place, was the brain behind an online wedding directory called Yebab.com, catering to Emirati brides.  “Typically Emirati brides face an issue of finding the most suitable suppliers and they also mismanage their budgets and leave everything to the last minute. We have created a solution where they can find what’s available in the market,” Mareyah pointed out.
Dubai Women’s College has been an HCT flagship institution for over 20 years providing world-class education for women in the UAE. With a mission supported by the ELITE principles: Excellence, Leadership, Innovation, Technology, and Entrepreneurship, DWC has been recognized as being at the pinnacle of higher education in UAE.

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