The small and medium enterprises (SME) segment, one of the sunrise sectors of the UAE, is expected to get a big boost from this month's event, the Abu Dhabi Forum on Entrepreneurship.
The event will be held on April 12-13 at Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, presented by Abu Dhabi University and the Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development and sponsored by Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank.
It is seen as a learning platform for entrepreneurial development of the country's population – a critical facet of national economic growth.
"Entrepreneurs are heroes, heroines, warriors and mavericks and they are the drivers of necessary change in organisations of all types and sizes, while entrepreneurship is a human creative act requiring vision, passion, sheer guts and determination. The Abu Dhabi Forum on Entrepreneurship allows local citizens and residents alike to explore avenues which will help them start their own businesses in the UAE," said Tim Atterton, the forum's keynote speaker.
Atterton will talk about the "DNA of Entrepreneurial Success: The Characteristics of Successful Entrepreneurs and New Business Ventures" and will highlight factors that differentiate highly successful entrepreneurs, their behaviours and business examples from 40 different countries across the world.
Event platinum sponsor Abu Dhabi Tawteen Council will focus on helping emiratis maximise their business potential by showcasing learning milestones from its entrepreneurship strategy programmes.
Core areas addressed at the forum will include entrepreneurship course overviews, vocational awareness campaigns, leadership camps and women in the workplace research to empower young emiratis.
The council's Tawteen portal will also be the focus of discussions.