Meet the angels watching over business start-ups to help them get off the ground

Budding entrepreneurs hoping to make their business ideas into startup realities were in attendance at Startup Weekend in Dubai over the weekend, with the 54-hour event giving participants networking, resources and incentives.

Th Al Zeina workshop, supported by the Abu Dhabi Technology Development Committee, is a government-backed effort to help end the UAE’s dependence on revenues from hydrocarbons. Irene García León for The National

Fourteen eighth-graders from Glenelg School took part in the competition, the final project of an eight-week pilot robotics programme offered by the university to engage schoolchildren in science, technology and the opportunities available in higher education.

Angel investors, venture capital firms and mentors from the UAE and Silicon Valley converged at New York University’s Saadiyat Island campus on Saturday day to brainstorm ways to encourage angel investing in the region.

A ‘Wadi Drone’ designed to help conserve the vast wild expanses of the UAE and a Swiss-made collision-resistant drone for use in urban search and rescue operations were named victors of the UAE Drone for Good Awards on Saturday in Dubai.

NYU has adopted the Lean LaunchPad® class as a standard entrepreneurship course across twelve different schools/colleges within the University. Over 1,000 students a year are learning lean startup concepts.