Upgrade’s three win­ning grad­u­a­tion projects an­nounced

Muscat Daily - - NATION -

Mus­cat - The pro­gramme of trans­form­ing grad­u­a­tion projects to start-ups in the In­for­ma­tion and Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Tech­nol­ogy sec­tor (ICT) ‘Upgrade’ an­nounced the three win­ning projects that will be in­cu­bated.

Out of the nine grad­u­a­tion projects that reached the third eval­u­a­tion stage of the pro­gramme, Upgrade’s three win­ning projects were Bee App – Trans­form­ing the Retail In­dus­try, Anaween - a Per­sonal Mo­bile De­liv­ery Man­age­ment Ap­pli­ca­tion, and an Aug­mented Re­al­ity Sys­tem for Tourism in Oman, stated a press re­lease.

Bee App – Trans­form­ing the Retail In­dus­try is a project pre­sented by Sul­tan al Subhi, Alya Said al Shan­fari and Hana al Raisi from GUtech, while Anaween - a Per­sonal Mo­bile De­liv­ery Man­age­ment Ap­pli­ca­tion was sub­mit­ted by Hamood Sul­tan al Es­sai, Faris Juma al Juma, Al Harith Juma al Juma, and Saif al Es­sai from Cardiff Univer­sity. An Aug­mented Re­al­ity Sys­tem for Tourism in Oman was sub­mit­ted by Ahmed Salim al Belushi, Ahmed Said Saif al Zak­wani and Loay Ali Masaaod al Abri from Sul­tan Qa­boos Univer­sity.

Dr Ali al Shid­hani, di­rec­tor of Re­search Cen­tres at The Re­search Coun­cil (TRC), said, “An­nounc­ing win­ners was an im­por­tant mile­stone. Now that the three win­ners are iden­ti­fied, the real work starts in trans­form­ing their grad­u­a­tion projects into suc­cess­ful start-ups. The pro­gramme is de­signed to pro­vide an ad­e­quate sup­port sys­tem to achieve this goal.”

Mo­hammed Yahya al Salmi, se­nior man­ager of Cor­po­rate Com­mu­ni­ca­tions at Oman­tel, said, “We are look­ing for­ward to see these projects in re­al­ity as start-ups that en­rich the ICT sec­tor in Oman and sup­port the sul­tanate’s ef­forts to­wards the dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion, broad- band In­ter­net and com­mu­ni­ca­tions net­works and hence, cre­at­ing a pos­i­tive change in the com­mu­nity.”

He added, “With its strate­gic part­ners in Upgrade’s project, Oman­tel is com­mit­ted to con­tinue sup­port­ing the Omani youth, trans­form their ideas and vi­sions to re­al­ity, pro­vide the in­no­va­tion and cre­ativ­ity en­vi­ron­ment in or­der the re­duce the dig­i­tal gap in the sul­tanate as planned by Oman­tel Vi­sion 3.0.”

Each of the three win­ning grad­u­a­tion projects will get seed funds and in­cu­ba­tion for three years at SAS for En­trepreneur­ship of the In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy Au­thor­ity.

The win­ning teams will get all the pos­si­ble as­sis­tance to turn the idea of their grad­u­a­tion project to start-up com­pa­nies through in­cu­ba­tion, en­trepreneur­ship con­sul­tancy, nec­es­sary seed fi­nanc­ing, com­mer­cial and fi­nan­cial skills and tech­ni­cal ad­vice. They will also get a train­ing op­por­tu­nity in one of the pro­jec­tre­lated in­ter­na­tional com­pa­nies.

The clos­ing cer­e­mony of Upgrade was held at Oman­tel head­quar­ters in Mawaleh un­der the pa­tron­age of H H Sayyid Taimur bin Asad bin Tariq al Said, as­sis­tant sec­re­tary gen­eral for Com­mu­ni­ca­tions at TRC.

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