If the idea of attending Expo 2020 Dubai can seem somewhat daunting to you as a small business or entrepreneur, did you know that your business could be eligible for a grant of up to USD100,000 (AED367,000) to help take your big idea to the next level? Expo Live is a programme launched by Expo 2020 Dubai to support entrepeneurs, SME’s, NGO’s and government bodies who are engaged in innovative activities which make a difference. or which create solutions to improve lives and help protect the planet.
As part of the scheme a total grant allocation fund of USD100m (AED367m) called the Innovation Impact Grant Programme has been established, with the aim of supporting innovators with
Entities in a wide range of sectors from across the world are already benefiting from Expo Live grant funding. Sectors currently supported include agriculture and water, digital connectivity, healthcare access, energy, fintech, education, and waste management.
Applications are welcomed from the following groups:
Successful recipients of grants are evaluated against 5 different criteria:
The overarching theme of Expo 2020 Dubai is ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’, and with this in mind successful projects should be able to demonstrate a relevance to either the main theme, or a connection to sub-themes of Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability. If your project brings together different technologies or connects people on a global scale, it may be worth considering an application.
Smaller businesses and entrepeneurs whose innovative products or services can inspire others and capture imaginations, and at a stage where they could be showcased either in the run-up to Expo 2020 Dubai or during the event itself.
The creative solutions should have a clear vision of their intended impact and how this could be monitored or evaluated, which includes identifying and understanding the impact on the communities which stand to benefit.
The readiness of the project for demonstration, or to be implemented to-scale. How will any additional funding help move the project towards further innovation or for scaling of the project?
Applications should be able to provide a clear, well-conceived business plan, which demonstrates the capacity of the applicant to take the project to implementation, and which requests a grant amount in proportion to the anticipated impact of the project.
The Grant programme is opened to new applications twice a year, and the next cycle of applications will start in October 2018 . Interested parties can submit a pre-application now, so it is an ideal time to start planning ahead.
This post is powered by Acorn Strategy, an award-winning international Marketing and Communications Agency, with offices in the United Arab Emirates, Australia, and the United Kingdom. If you’re a company or country wondering where to start in order to make the most of this immense opportunity, from your marketing strategy, home country and in-country planning, grant application writing, as well as your marketing and communications before, during and after Expo 2020 Dubai, the Acorn Strategy team can help. To find out more about how we can help your business make the most of the opportunities Expo 2020 Dubai will offer, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call us on +971 (0) 2678 7926.