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Dubai SME fosters entrepreneurial skills

Dubai Entrepreneurship Academy launches programs for H1 2021

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Dubai Entrepreneurship Academy (DEA), the educational arm of Dubai SME, the agency of Dubai Economy mandated to develop the small and medium enterprise (SME) sector, has launched a series of programs for the first half of 2021 following on from its novel initiatives launched last year, enabling SMEs and future entrepreneurs to successfully navigate and overcome unprecedented challenges.

As COVID-19 struck, the Academy stepped up its efforts through a series of remote training programs and online consultations to support aspiring entrepreneurs and enable business continuity among startups. Overall, 11,264 people were trained by DEA in 2020, a 70% increase compared to 2019, and 92% of them were satisfied with the programs. The number of programs also increased to 135 last year, compared to 124 in 2019.

For the next six months, the Academy has charted out a series of programs aimed to impart education and training on pursuing innovation and positioning startups for sustainable growth. A highlight of the calendar is a three-month ‘Certified Professional Entrepreneurship Diploma’ program in partnership with the American University in Dubai (AUD).

DEA, along with the Commercial Compliance & Consumer Protection (CCCP) Sector in Dubai Economy, had also launched a Master's Degree Program in Intellectual Property Management and Innovation in partnership with AUD in 2020 to empower aspiring entrepreneurs to transform their ideas into sustainable businesses and attract more investment into such ventures.

The Academy will also continue to conduct programs to identify entrepreneurial talent and promote entrepreneurship as a career alternative among younger generations in partnership with higher educational institutions, the ministry of education, the ministry of human resources and Emiratization, and the Federal Youth Authority.