Canadian University of Dubai

Published on February 6th, 2013 | by SayginYalcin


Saygin Yalcin to promote entrepreneurship in Middle East

In an initiative announced jointly between the Canadian University of Dubai and ecommerce provider,, students will have access to internships, lectures and mentoring from industry pioneers to nurture their entrepreneurial aspirations.

Saygin Yalcin, Vice President,, stated: “If you have a look around the world, the hotbed for entrepreneurial activity is most often universities. It is in their university years that students think big and take risks. We want to nurture their ambitions by mentoring them through interactive lectures and internships.

He added: “The Canadian University of Dubai is one of the most modern educational institutions in the region. As such, we are confident that through this partnership we will learn a lot from the young minds at the University.”

Buti Saeed Al Ghandi, Chancellor of the Canadian University of Dubai stated: “The skills a student garners through internships and interactions from those in the industry are a necessity. We are glad that an industry pioneer like, has set an example by devoting their resources to nurture and mentor the young minds in region with this unique partnership.”

This first of kind MoU also will result in collaboration on general programme courses emphasising entrepreneurship, research initiatives, and an annual industry conference on entrepreneurship.


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Saygin is the Founder & CEO of the Middle East's (ME) first & largest car buying service, and Founder of the first & largest online private shopping club in the ME,, which has been acquired by, making him Partner at the and Jabbar Internet Group, becoming the largest ecommerce company in the Arab world, with 3000+ employees. In its largest acquisition outside the US to date, has acquired Group. He has been selected as a UBS Industry Leader, a network of Ultra-High-Net-Worth Individuals. He was also Advisory Board Member & Academic Lecturer of Entrepreneurship at the Canadian University of Dubai. He was referred to as "the region's online business guru" by the National newspaper in the UAE, while Arabian Business named him as "one of the region's finest young entrepreneurs and a major part of the entrepreneurial scene in recent years". Fortune magazine (mag) named him in the 40 under 40 list, as one of the most influential young people in business, Entrepreneur mag ME awarded, with Saygin at its helm, as the "Fastest Growing Company in the ME", while the National newspaper sees it among a handful of tech companies to "have the potential to break the $1bn barrier". In a cover story, Entrepreneur mag ME titled him as "undoubtedly one of the youngest & most successful internet entrepreneurs in the ME”, awarded as "Technology Innovator of the Year”, while Khaleej Times awarded him as the Technology Leader. Gulf Business selected him as 1 of the Top 10 Entrepreneurs in ME. In a cover story, Arabian Business counts him as 1 of the most successful entrepreneurs to call Dubai home. During the World Government Summit, HH Sheikh Saif Bin Zayed, Minister of Interior of the UAE, presented Saygin as an inspiring story for the country, in the presence of world leaders, incl. HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

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