VOLKSWAGEN MOBILITY CHALLENGE 2.0

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THE CHALLENGE (2.0)


Are you a young entrepreneur that dreams of mobility? Do you imagine a world that moves faster or more efficiently? The Volkswagen Mobility Challenge is returning to the region this year and it’s bigger than ever. If you’re based in the UAE or KSA and have an idea or early stage innovation aimed at changing the world of mobility – this challenge is for you!

THE CHALLENGE (2.0)


Are you a young entrepreneur that dreams of mobility? Do you imagine a world that moves faster or more efficiently? The Volkswagen Mobility Challenge is returning to the region this year and it’s bigger than ever. If you’re based in the UAE or KSA and have an idea or early stage innovation aimed at changing the world of mobility – this challenge is for you!

WHAT’S NEW FOR THIS YEAR?

So what puts the 2.0 in our title? How about twice the locations….this year we’re opening it up to entrepreneurs from both KSA and UAE. We’re also doubling our finalist pool to 20 participants – that’s twice the chance to make it through! Instead of one bootcamp, we’re giving our finalists 4 workshops throughout January to help their ideas shine – whether you make it to the final pitch or not!

WHAT’S NEW FOR THIS YEAR?

So what puts the 2.0 in our title? How about twice the locations….this year we’re opening it up to entrepreneurs from both KSA and UAE. We’re also doubling our finalist pool to 20 participants – that’s twice the chance to make it through! Instead of one bootcamp, we’re giving our finalists 4 workshops throughout January to help their ideas shine – whether you make it to the final pitch or not!

WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU

Finalists receive guidance and mentorship from some of the greatest minds in the industry and the chance to pitch their ideas directly to Volkswagen at the biggest entrepreneurial event in the UAE – STEP Conference 2020!

And the lucky winners? If a trip to Germany where you’ll meet the sharpest minds in urban mobility isn’t enough, how about also arming you with the tools you need to tackle the startup world? Volkswagen and Dtec are coming together this year to provide you with a Volkswagen car (a car!), hot desking facilities, and a shiny new business license all for one whole year!

WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU

Finalists receive guidance and mentorship from some of the greatest minds in the industry and the chance to pitch their ideas directly to Volkswagen at the biggest entrepreneurial event in the UAE – STEP Conference 2020!

And the lucky winners? If a trip to Germany where you’ll meet the sharpest minds in urban mobility isn’t enough, how about also arming you with the tools you need to tackle the startup world? Volkswagen and Dtec are coming together this year to provide you with a Volkswagen car (a car!), hot desking facilities, and a shiny new business license all for one whole year!

Competition Details

Program agenda & Participation criteria
Important Dates
  • Application deadline: November 30th , 2019
  • Finalists Announced: December 10th , 2019
  • Workshop Bootcamps – throughout January 2020 (final dates to be announced soon)
  • Pitch practice day with 10 teams – February 9th , 2020
  • Step Day 2 and Final teams pitch challenge – February 12th , 2020
Idea Submission
Applications need to be submitted by ONE member per team and won’t take you longer than 5 minutes to complete. The window to submit closes midnight on November 30, 2019 with our 20 finalists being announced on December 10, 2019. For more details on who can apply, visit the “who can participate” section below. Our experts in the field will review the application submissions and shortlist the finalists of this round to attend the workshop and pitch practice sessions. Are you ready to be a part of the challenge? Hit APPLY NOW!
Workshop
Finalists who submitted the most relevant, innovative and creative ideas will get treated to a round of workshops in January 2020 aimed at providing you with all the guidance and tools needed to make sure your pitches shine! The 10 best performers will have only a couple of weeks after the workshops to hone their presentations for a Pitch Day on February 9, 2020, where we will select our 5 finalists – the hustle is real!  Once selected, finalists will have only a few days to make their last-minute tweaks before their public pitch competition in front of our official judges at STEP Conference in Dubai, taking place February 12, 2020. We believe that you have what it takes to impress the judges and we want to help you kill it on stage. Value proposition, target market, competitive advantage, overall business model, innovation/scalability, relevance to “mobility” theme…don’t worry, you’ll learn all this at our workshops!
Pitch Competition
Taking place on February 9, 2020, you will have 3 minutes to impress the judges with your pitch, followed by 2 minutes of Q&A. The rest of the day you will get to network with leading entrepreneurs, investors and multinational companies in the Middle East. Teams that progress in the workshop will be invited to compete at STEP Conference on February 12, 2020 in Dubai Internet City.
Challenge Themes
Startup ideas should fit in one or more of the following themes: Car sharing; Mobility services; Parking management; In-car delivery; Car connectivity; Multi-platforms transportation; Last mile management; Ride hailing
Awards
Winners will get the chance to enjoy the following awards:
  • hot desking and business license/company setup provided by Dtec
  • A Volkswagen car leased for 1 year to your team
  • A trip to Germany to meet with some of the greatest minds in mobility and smart cities from the Volkswagen Group!
All finalists will receive LinkedIn Premium accounts & free mentoring/ prototyping sessions @ The Assembly
 

What You Need to Know

What, Where & When

Workshop Bootcamp
Where:  Dtec campus, DSO
When: January 2020
Who: Top 20 selected teams

Pitch Practice
Where:  Dtec campus, DSO
When:  February 9, 2020
Who: Top 10 selected teams

Final Presentation
Where: STEP Conference 2020, DIC
When:  February 12, 2020
Who: Top 5 Final teams

WHY PARTICIPATE

If your startup offers a solution that can creatively change the face of mobility, don’t miss out on this once in a lifetime opportunity to get the support and exposure you need to take your ideas to another level!

Volkswagen is not only opening up its network and awarding a great prize, but is truly looking for startups to collaborate with, to help shape the future of mobility in the Middle East.

How can YOUR solutions change the face of future mobility?

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE

Young Entrepreneurs with:

▫ Startup ideas that leverage tech in the mobility sector

▫ Passion for Tech and innovation and the automotive industry

▫ Drive to turn their ideas into real, scalable business ventures



We welcome individuals and encourage teams.

 

MEET LAST YEAR’S WINNERS


UAE Residents Kevin Martin and Bilal Shabandri decided to tackle the gap between overcrowded yet more affordable public transport, and private but more expensive methods. Designed to bridge the gap between price and time, “Arcab” provides optimized routes in comfortable, shared premium vans. The team is currently working with the RTA (Road & Transport Authority) to integrate its services into the city and make mass transit easier for everyone – watch this space!

MEET LAST YEAR’S WINNERS


UAE Residents Kevin Martin and Bilal Shabandri decided to tackle the gap between overcrowded yet more affordable public transport, and private but more expensive methods. Designed to bridge the gap between price and time, “Arcab” provides optimized routes in comfortable, shared premium vans. The team is currently working with the RTA (Road & Transport Authority) to integrate its services into the city and make mass transit easier for everyone – watch this space!

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