Empowering the UAE’s Youth to Embrace FinTech Opportunities
At Fintech Abu Dhabi 2019, the people leading 13 of the biggest and brightest FinTech Unicorn technology companies on earth shared their thoughts with attendees.
Governed by Federal Youth Authority and launched by H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai, the Youth Circle initiative aims to inspire youth-centric dialogue and engage young leaders across a variety of areas to shape innovative solutions for global challenges.
The first FinTech themed Youth Circle at FinTech Abu Dhabi entailed a two-hour dialogue to engage youth in an enriching set-up, allowing them to exchange views and recommend initiatives to decision-makers and influential expert speakers.
The panel heard from H.E. Khalifa Salem Al Mansouri, Acting CEO - Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (ADX) who emphasized the importance of research and being motivated. He said: “You have to understand the landscape and know your competitors and leverage on your strengths.”
Youngsters also heard from Her Excellency Salama Al Ameemi, Director-General of Ma'an, on how the growing social entrepreneurship sector is flourishing in Abu Dhabi. She highlighted the success of the inaugural Ma'an Social Incubator programme and invited the participants to apply for the next cycle.
"At Ma'an, we believe social entrepreneurship is the key to unlocking many of the solutions to common social challenges,” said H.E. Al Ameemi.
"The Ma’an Social Incubator, the first in the region, was initially launched in May and received 531 registered interests worldwide and 131 ventures applied from different parts of the world.
"Through this programme, Ma’an brings together innovation, entrepreneurship and social impact with business development expertise to grow new social enterprises in Abu Dhabi.”