Hello Business Pitch 2018

An Etisalat Initiative to boost and enable SMBs in the UAE

Designed to boost homegrown SMBs and start-ups

In the first edition of Hello Business Pitch back in 2018, we invited startups and Small and Medium Businesses (SMBs) in the UAE to pitch their business plan in front of an expert panel of judges and quality to win prizes worth up to AED 180,000.

This initiative was fueled in alignment with the UAE’s strategy to shed light on and accelerate the journey of homegrown SMBs while fostering growth and innovation.

The first edition was held at HelloBusiness Hub where 5 proud winners took back a collective of prizes worth AED 180,000 on the 2nd May 2018.

Competition Timeline

The final pitch round was held on the 2nd of May, with the shortlisted applicants announced on the 26th of May and the first pitch held on the 29th of April.

The winners of the first pitch round got an opportunity to join a training session to perfect their pitching skills before entering the final pitch round.


Hello Business Pitch 2018 Winners

The Prizes

The jury selected 5 winners at the final pitch round and awarded them prizes in the form of business devices, Etisalat services and National Bonds as per the below:

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Cash prizes worth AED 100,000

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1st runner-up

Cash prizes worth AED 50,000

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2nd runner-up

Cash prizes worth AED 10,000

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3rd runner-up

Cash prizes worth AED 10,000

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4th runner-up

Cash prizes worth AED 10,000

Meet the Jury

As the proud host of Hello Business Pitch, we continually endeavour to recognise, honour and motivate the most promising businesses by rewarding exceptional ideas, journeys and successes of the business community.

Each of the winners were carefully evaluated by our esteemed and expert jury panel, each with intensive business expertise across a range of industries After an in-depth evaluation by our prestigious jury members, all qualifying businesses were promoted to the first pitch round and finally shortlisted for the final round.

Meet the Trainer

Our expert trainer, Edward Matti, shared guidance, expert tips and mentored the shortlisted participants in an inspiring training session, designed to help them deliver the perfect pitch in the final round!

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Edward Matti - Managing Partner at CCM Consultancy

A prominent business specialist that has been aiding clients in building branded customer experiences, culture shifts and capability building. He’s an accomplished public speaker and TV commentator in Canada with almost 20 years of leadership experience in HR Development, Sales and Financial Services, delivering keynote speeches focusing on customer experience, employee engagement and leadership essentials.