Canadian University of Dubai

Published on May 7th, 2013 | by SayginYalcin


Chance in a lifetime for students to pitch their business ideas to region’s most influential entrepreneurs

Hosting the event will be course lecturer Saygin Yalcin who has built, led and significantly shaped the biggest internet companies in the Middle East. He is Founder of, Partner at and Jabbar Internet Group.

Chance in a lifetime for students to pitch their business ideas to region’s most influential entrepreneurs

Students at the Canadian University of Dubai will have a unique opportunity to pitch their business ideas to some of the most successful entrepreneurs in the region at the IDEA workshop on May 16th.

The workshop takes place at the Canadian University of Dubai and is the culmination of their semester-long Entrepreneurship course.

He said: “Events such as these are necessary. We need more entrepreneurs, especially in the internet sphere.

“Creating awareness for internet entrepreneurship is not only key for boosting our economy and growing the online market, but it is also significantly important to attract further investment.

“In the past decade, the UAE has proven to be a pioneer in technology advancement and integration in the region.”

Speaking alongside Saygin will be some of the most influential entrepreneurs in the region, all of whom have lectured during the Canadian University of Dubai’s Entrepreneurship course, including Paul Kelly CEO at and Rabea Ataya Chairman and Co-Founder at

Also in attendance to present and provide guidance will be Dubai SME Executive Director, Manoj Nakra.

Mr Buti Saeed Al Ghandi, Chancellor of Canadian University of Dubai, said: “Entrepreneurship is something that we must foster for the future of Dubai. It is an important part of the vision of the future of the UAE and runs alongside similar schemes such as the Khalifa Fund.

“Our course, in conjunction with and is setting an example and nurturing the young minds that will shape the country’s future.”

Canadian University of Dubai’s Entrepreneurship course has over 70 English and Arabic students, making it one of its most popular. It brings together students of different ages and backgrounds, from teenage undergraduates to experienced business owners looking for an additional entrepreneurial edge.


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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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