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Asyad Launches ‘Global Logistics Startup Challenge’ at Hypermotion

Oman`s flagship global integrated logistics solutions provider, Asyad, invites innovative startups to compete for US$50,000 to help launch their business

The global integrated logistics solutions provider, Asyad Group, in partnership with Hypermotion Dubai, the German-originated exhibition addressing the transformation and future of the transport, logistics and mobility sectors, is giving innovation-driven entrepreneurs a platform to shine and compete for a life-changing prize of US$50,000.

To help foster sector growth, Asyad Group, along with its official technology partner, Omantel, and Hypermotion Dubai, have created the ‘Logistics Startup Challenge’, to be held in a special zone designed to harness the potential of burgeoning new companies, entrepreneurs, and ideas at Dubai Exhibition Centre (DEC) from 2 – 4 November.

The Logistics Startup Challenge will seek entrants across six key growth pillars for mobility and transport logistics, namely artificial intelligence, cyber security, robotics, logistics, smart mobility and drones, and will include a pitch contest, where entrepreneurs will present their solutions to an audience of regional and international investors.

The programme also features networking events with industry leaders, and a dedicated mentorship clinic to address challenges and opportunities for start-ups.

Abdulrahman Al Hatmi, Asyad Group CEO, said: “Innovation is paramount for the advancement and competitiveness of the logistics industry. Our collaboration with Hypermotion Dubai will not only bring to the forefront existing challenges but also present viable solutions and allow us to engage with forward-thinking talents who will shape our future. Together with Omantel’s digital leadership, we are promoting best practices in the digital sphere, providing an unprecedented opportunity for entrepreneurs to tap into valuable expertise and ultimately, funnel it into the sector. Our challenge is just the start.”

Al Hatmi went on to add that Asyad Group will also be running a two-day Hackathon challenge and is inviting leading data scientists to solve critical problems in the mobility, logistics and transport sectors. The event will be supplemented by full-day workshops and a nine-hour session where teams will be divided to solve the challenge.

“Home to some of the region’s largest logistics companies, the GCC is a global leader in creating a meaningful startup ecosystem and has fostered growth in this segment for a number of years,” commented Simon Mellor, CEO at Messe Frankfurt Middle East, the organiser of Hypermotion Dubai.

“This is supplemented by a range of initiatives such as the creation of free zones, government programs, visa incentives and world-class training and development, all specifically designed to foster an entrepreneurial community and drive innovation.

“Hypermotion Dubai is perfectly aligned with the UAE and wider GCC’s startup and SME sector goals, and we are honoured to partner with Asyad Group to give more entrepreneurs the chance to show how they can contribute to a thriving sector.”

Hypermotion Dubai is expected to attract high-level C-suite participation from international, regional and local government entities and private organisations to chart the future of logistics, mobility, infrastructure and transport ecosystems.

Through the event’s three content streams – Hypermotion Lab, Smart Mobility Conference and Scalex (co-hosted with Materials Handling Middle East) – disruptive thinkers from around the world will gather to share pioneering ideas and concepts set to shape the future of mobility and transport.

Thought leaders confirmed to take the Hypermotion Dubai stage include Anthony Foxx, the former United States Secretary of Transportation; Abdullah Al Shamsi, Senior Director of Future of Things, Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects; Prof. Carlo Ratti, Director, Senseable City Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and Josh Giegel, CEO and Co-Founder, Virgin Hyperloop.

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