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Three UAE start-ups to be awarded Expo Live grants


Aug 03 2017

Expo Live, an innovation and partnership programme launched by Expo 2020 Dubai has chosen three UAE start-ups to fund, accelerate and promote creative solutions that improve lives while preserving the planet. Through Innovation Impact Grants, the programme awards grants to support the growth of social enterprises, start-ups and grassroots projects around the world.

Smart Labour is among three organisations in the UAE that between them are receiving more than AED 1 million in funding through Expo Live’s Innovation Impact Grants. Smart Labour is a digital learning and smart services platform that provides voice-enabled content to educate blue-collar workers in their language and provide them with useful smart services to make their lives easier, is among the first to receive funding.

International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) is the second recipient of the Expo Live grant. The Dubai-based non-profit agricultural research centre was established in 1999 and its mandate is to develop agricultural production systems using marginal land and water resources which are available in desert environments. The grant from Expo Live will support the development of inland and coastal modular farms in the UAE.

The third recipient is the “Connected Health and Education” firm Ver2 Digital Medicine, which is an eHealth Services Platform that uses connectivity to solve healthcare’s biggest challenges. Expo Live is giving Ver2 a grant to support the development of an innovative medical education model that is being replicated across Africa.

Expo organisers received 575 responses to their initial call for proposals. This was whittled down to just 29 winners.

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