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Impact Driven Startups

Impact-driven teams, creating startups with the support of A.R.M. Holding. 

Between February and May 2021, seven teams from Global Grad Show Entrepreneurship Programme worked closely with venture-building specialist to translate their impact innovations into startups. The cohort was formed by graduates who applied to Global Grad Show 2020 and successfully completed all phases of the entrepreneurship route. They have built the business foundations to take their startups forward and have taken a significant step in that direction already – last week they pitched to A.R.M. Holding Fund, for the opportunity to receive pre-seed capital.

Since November 2020, hundreds of Global Grad Show participants joined our multi-phased entrepreneurship programme, a key initiative supporting our community to bridge the gap between academia and the startup world. Over 70 teams successfully completed the initial training modules, out of which 7 were selected to join a tailored acceleration journey, with venture and industry experts. Their journey was supported by A.R.M. Holding, who followed their progress from the beginning until the pitch day on May 3. Their proposals are now under assessment for A.R.M. Holding’s AED 10 million Fund pledged to support selected startups from the programme.

The seven teams in this last phase reflect the plurality and high-potential of Global Grad Show network: team members hail from 11 countries, in disciplines ranging from cyber-physics to information design and computer science,  and their solutions address problems as diverse and complex as single-use plastic use, breast cancer diagnosis and cyberbullying:

Cultive – Sensor technology for real-time irrigation management

Dateform – Biodegradable food containers made of upcycled date seeds

Violet Cleaner Beauty – Light technology to kill common microbes in makeup

The Blue Box – A high-accuracy and pain-free AI system for cancer diagnosis

The Middle Ground – A moderated social media for constructive debate

SmarterMeter – A low-cost system to optimize domestic electricity consumption

Solcare – Nanomaterials to generate clean energy out of waste