Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - Etihad Aviation Group (EAG) has announced the launch of Fikra University 2019, bringing back the successful programme which fosters the spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation amongst university students all over the UAE.
- Competition encourages innovation by UAE
third instalment of this competition invites any student currently enrolled in
a university within the UAE to submit an innovative proposal under this year’s
theme of ‘Seamless travel, endless possibilities’.
Douglas, Group Chief Executive Officer, Etihad Aviation Group, said: “At
Etihad, innovation is a key driver supporting the delivery of choices and
providing an improved experience for our guests. We believe that Fikra
University is a wonderful initiative that empowers the next generation of
entrepreneurs, innovators and industry leaders to help shape the future of
travel with us.
competition has received great praise from our university partners for
successfully bridging the gap between academic and business environments, and
we have been impressed with the calibre of students and ideas from past
editions of the competition. As the national airline of UAE, Etihad is proud to
play a part in the continued development of our youth.”
In the 2019 programme,
students are invited to participate in teams of up to three members and
innovate for the future of ‘seamless travel’. The task is simple – select a
‘traveller type’, pick a segment of their journey and propose an idea to
improve the traveller experience at the chosen touchpoint. Participants with
winning submissions will have the chance of receiving internship opportunities
with programme partners including IBM, SAP Middle East & North Africa and
for the competition open on 8 September 2019, and the Fikra University
organisers will be visiting a selection of universities across UAE to meet
students, answer their questions and encourage participation. At the end of the
submission period, six finalist teams or individuals will be selected for a
three-week Boot Camp, where they will be provided with workshops, training and
mentoring support to refine their proposals into feasible business cases.
finalists will conclude their journey by presenting their ideas in front of a
judging panel at a Demo Day on 15 December 2019, where a winning idea will be
selected for implementation.
the 2018 edition of Fikra University, more than 2,800 students were registered
with over 400 ideas submitted, and finalists successfully completed internship
programmes that led to job placements at Etihad as well as participating
more information on registration, participation and competition guidelines,
please visit www.fikra.ae.
8 September 2019
8 – 26 September 2019
University Roadshow with The Code
10 October 2019
10 – 15 October 2019
16 October 2019
21 November – 12 December 2019
15 December 2019