Global Student Entrepreneurs Awards Ends UAE Qualifying Round


The UAE Chapter of Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO), a peer-to- peer network of businesses has named Shammi Kapoor, a student of the School of Business Administration, at the American University of Dubai, as the champion of the UAE qualifying rounds of the Global Student Entrepreneurs Awards (GSEA).

GSEA is EO’s awards program for students who own or operate a business while attending college or university. Globally, every year more than 2000 students from more than 56 countries enter the global competition.

The UAE qualifier competition hosted by GSEA UAE saw the participation of 11 student finalists from colleges and universities across the UAE. The UAE competition was organized and headed up by esteemed Middle East e-commerce and technology entrepreneur Paul Kenny, Managing Director of AYM Commerce & former CEO and Founder of Cobone. Mr Kenny led the judging panel of UAE business leaders and students, where the young entrepreneurs competed against peers to win a place in the global final.

The UAE winner, Shammi Kapoor now makes his way to the global finals being held on April 14th in Toronto, Canada. Sharing his excitement about the win, he said, “I am so thrilled to win the UAE final of the GSEA competition. The platform provides an exceptional opportunity for young entrepreneurs. I have worked hard to get my business up and running and this recognition will give me a leg up in my entrepreneurial journey. Having access to mentorship from established entrepreneurs at EO is a huge advantage.”

Mr Kenny commented, “The GSEA aims to inspire students to become change makers, to fully explore their potential and achieve their goals. The standard of entries at the UAE finals was very high. The competition provides a platform and access to an entrepreneurial community that aims to support and nurture the student’s entrepreneurial ambition. As a mentor, I seek to be part of the movement that enables young entrepreneurs reach their full potential.”

The UAE winner’s business is called Brain Abilitiez and is based in Dubai, UAE. The center provides brain training to enhance mental performance and offers personalized programs designed to help improve individuals’ cognitive abilities through brain training.

Shammi, who has autism and ADHD, could not read four years ago, but after completing a full-time brain training program, he overcame his learning challenges. After interning at the same brain training center, he undertook cognitive training and tests from the US-based company which bore the concept, and in 2016 he opened Brain Abilitiez.

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