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•    H-preneurs Platform provides entrepreneurs with the necessary knowledge, skills, guidance, networking, and investment opportunities to transform their creative ideas into real-life businesses. 

As part of its commitment to support and empower learners to engage in entrepreneurship and adopt a culture of innovation, Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University announced the initial beta launch of its new virtual platform, H-Preneurs. This came during the University Annual Gathering on September 27, 2022.

To enable and support learners in their entrepreneurial ventures, H-Preneurs guides learners through their journey and provides them with the necessary means to implement their business ideas and transform them into real ventures through an ecosystem of industry mentors, investor networks, academic content and relevant services and infrastructure. 

By leveraging the smart technologies and the academic content and knowledge of HBMSU, the platform is set to guide learners and facilitate the establishment of start-ups which contributes positively to the economy and the job market. Its virtual nature provides accessibility and facilitates the utilization of its many features remotely and conveniently. 

H.E. Dr. Mansoor Al-Awar, Chancellor of Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University, highlighted HBMSU’s commitment to support young visionaries in their entrepreneurial endeavours and direct them toward innovative projects that can have positive impact on the economy and society. 

Dr. Al-Awar stated: “In line with the wise vision and directives of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, University President., we prioritise the promotion of an entrepreneurial spirit and support the younger generation to become a driving force in the progress of the UAE. At HBMSU, we work towards leveraging the best of our abilities and expertise to mould a generation with academic knowledge and professional capabilities, which has been the prime motive behind the launch of the H-Preneurs platform. The platform will leverage the university’s capability to encourage young entrepreneurs to pursue their ambitions and aspirations, and further motivate them to explore various opportunities in entrepreneurship. This can prove to be an essential contributor towards the national economy and will consolidate the UAE’s competitive position and help achieve the national goals of the nation.”

Dr. Shaima Al Harmoodi, Assistant Professor, School of Business and Quality Management, HBMSU, said: “Empowering young talents has always been a priority in HBMSU’s initiatives and projects, and launching the H-preneur platform is a testament to this commitment. The latest platform is an important addition to the University’s innovation-based educational model and is aligned with the School of Business and Quality Management’s objectives in terms of creating educational systems that fosters critical thinking, intellectual curiosity, and motivates learners and graduates to adopt the culture of entrepreneurship. H-preneur will enhance our TQM capabilities and widen the scope of their applications, and foster among learners a mindset of innovation, entrepreneurship, and lifelong learning. This integrated system sets new standards for academic excellence and quality and contributes to qualifying and supporting learners and young entrepreneurs to turn their ideas and aspirations into innovative projects.

The H-Preneurs platform will leverage the expertise of a group of mentors, experts, financial and legal advisors to provide learners with optimum entrepreneurial skills. The platform will open doors to receiving funds and providing exposure in the market along with availing services such as co-working spaces, technology support, and an open source of knowledge base services for learners aspiring to become entrepreneurs. 

The journey of the 1st batch of startups and mentors will begin on October 3rd, 2022.