Deadline approaches for The Innovation Hub in Association with British Airways and Avios

by Dina Maaty | Published 5 years ago

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Marwan Abdulaziz Janahi, executive director, Dubai Science Park, will join the judging panel

Small business owners in the F&B industry are being invited to enter The Innovation Hub in Association with British Airways and Avios, a competition to be held during the Gulfood Conference 2016.

F&B business owners have until February 15 to enter the competition with five shortlisted businesses invited to pitch during The F&B Business Forum, taking place on February 21, 2016 at Dubai World Trade Centre, from 5pm.

The Innovation Hub is a Dragon’s Den style competition,  during which existing businesses will be shortlisted to pitch their idea to innovate the regional F&B industry through an expansion of their operations or addition to their product portfolio.

The Innovation Hub is designed to support small businesses in a competitive market by recognising and highlighting areas of innovation, and those businesses which have the ability to bring a new idea to the market.

The winner will be named during the Gulfood Awards, taking place on the evening of February 21.

To enter, F&B business owners must:

  • Have an innovative plan for an expansion, recruitment drive, new product launch, or similar, to be undertaken in 2016
  • Employ no more than 100 people
  • Operate in the GCC, Levant or North Africa
  • Be available to join The Innovation Hub from 5pm on February 21 and the Gulfood Awards that evening

The competition will be judged by: Samer S. Hamadeh co-founder and managing partner at Aegis Hospitality; Ziad Kamel, co-founder and managing partner at Aegis Hospitality; Nicholas Couvaras, MD, KROMA; Marwan Abdulaziz Janahi, Executive Director of Dubai Science Park

To enter, business owners must personally submit their expansion idea, in no more than 1,000 words via The submission must include:

  • Business name
  • Full contact details, including web and physical address
  • Brief background of the company
  • Areas of operation
  • Details of proposed innovation

The winner of The Innovation Hub in Association with British Airways’ On Business programme and Avios will receive:

  •  2 x Club World Business Class return tickets to London with British Airways
  • 1000,000 Avios rewards
  • A 2016 Gulfood Award

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