Helping Innovative Ideas Have Global Reach

Application Process

You are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

(Dates subject to change)

  • You may apply from July 13th, 2016.
  • The deadline for submissions extended to August 31st, 2016.
  • Selected finalists will be notified by second week of September, 2016.
  • You will receive a confirmation email once your application has been submitted successfully.
  • Applications should be in English but Arabic may be used as a secondary language.
  • You must complete the entire application form; any incomplete applications will not be considered.

In order to bring out the best in your proposition and presentation, we will conduct three rounds of assessments.

Round 1

In the first round of assessments, your application will be reviewed by the selection committee based on the initial selection criteria. Applicants will then be notified if they have advanced to Round 2 of screening.

Round 2

In the second round of screening, you will be required to submit a complete draft presentation and financial pro-forma prior to the first telephone interview. A template will be provided for the draft presentation.
You may be required to participate in up to three telephone interviews.
Applicants are expected to make themselves available to the selection committee and submit required documents in a timely manner.

Round 3

Selected finalists will be notified by second week of September, 2016.
Each finalist will be provided one-to-one coaching to refine their presentation for the day of the competition.
The selection committee will consider the following criteria in determining the finalists:

  • Completeness of each section of the application;
  • The ability of the applicant to clearly articulate and support the information provided during interviews
  • Nature of product and service
  • Impact to the Muslim consumer/digital Islamic economy
  • Business model
  • Financial projections

If you are selected as a finalist you will win a trip to Dubai to present your idea at the Innovation 4 Impact Presentation during GIES 2016. If needed, GIES will provide assistance with documentation needed for the purposes of visa processing.

Disclaimer: Your information will be treated in the strictest confidence by the Innovation 4 Impact Selection Committee and individual data will not be provided to any other party.  Data will not be used for any purpose other than assessing applicants to take part in the Innovation 4 Impact Competition Presentation to take place at GIES 2016. For further information, please read our privacy policy.