Supporting Social Impact Startups
Launched in 2019, Global Grad Show’s entrepreneurship programme offers the participating graduates a route to advance their projects towards implementation. The programme focuses on training, covering business skills and methodologies necessary to the development of the projects, and invites graduates to interact with stakeholders from the entrepreneurship ecosystem.
It is free for the participants to take part and operates in three phases:
1. An online programme ahead of the exhibition, to improve participants’ understanding of key business concepts, entrepreneurship, start-up building and social enterprises. The online training includes assessments of the graduates’ progress, tutorials and exercises around the value proposition and viability of their projects;
2. A session of intensive workshops, tutorials and mentoring for selected projects, where entrepreneurship specialists support graduates to refine their business proposals and pitches, covering topics such as business models for social enterprises, marketing, performance management and business pitch training.
3. A gathering of programme participants and stakeholders from the entrepreneurship community, enabling connections and opening further collaboration opportunities.
The programme’s objective is to support early-stage social startups in their journey to becoming viable and sustainable businesses. On November 2019, A.R.M. Holding has announced a AED 10 million 10-year fund to support Global Grad Show startups, to be selected from each year’s entrepreneurship programme cohort.