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Trusity, the STEM.Org accredited platform, had its first cohort of young entrepreneurs complete the holistic development programme truPreneurs, to present their project ideas at the Final Investor Pitch Competition last week. Mythili Patel (Year 11, GEMS Founders, Al Barsha) won the competition for her reading app Bookmarked, to secure the Startup Package worth AED 10,000. Aarush Anand (Grade 9, Dubai International Academy, Al Barsha) secured 1st runner-up for his app focused on pets, ResPAWnsibilities and Alec Colaco (Cambridge International School, Al Twar) stood as 2nd runner-up for his sustainability app Kiwi-Tech. The young adults presented their innovative projects to a panel of academicians, angel investors and judges, with the Chief Judge being Dr. Yahya Al Ansaari, CEO, Emirates School Establishment.

Trusity's truPreneurs programme aims to provide youth with the ability to build knowledge and skills that are necessary to be confident, independent and future-ready. The program has been developed by a team of successful entrepreneurs and is intended to motivate and empower young minds to make a difference in the world. The program provides hands-on, experiential learning opportunities that allow young people to learn about financial management, risk analysis and marketing in a real-world setting. It also provides mentorship, networking events, and educational resources that can help young entrepreneurs take their ideas to the next level. By participating in the program, young people can develop the skills and confidence needed to start and grow a successful business, while also learning about the importance of innovation and sustainability.

Innovation is vital for any business, and it is especially important for young entrepreneurs. Innovation allows businesses to stand out from the competition and meet the changing needs of their customers. The TruPreneurs program encourages young people to think creatively, come up with new ideas, and take risks. This helps to foster a growth mindset and the ability to learn from failure, which is essential for innovation.

Sustainability is also an important aspect of the TruPreneurs program. The program teaches young people the importance of economic, social, and environmental sustainability. It encourages them to think about how their projects can create solutions to real-world problems to have a positive impact on society and the environment, thereby driving overall global sustainable development and well-being.

The entrepreneurship program provides youth with the ability to recognize opportunities and build their confidence and self-esteem through reflective self-evaluation of their entrepreneurial ability. It aims to equip them with the knowledge and skills to act on business ideas and opportunities. It teaches them how to commercialize a concept, test the soundness of that concept, develop a business plan, and initiate a business venture. In addition to building entrepreneurship and life skills, the TruPreneurs program also helps young people develop a sense of social responsibility.

“Entrepreneurship is a valuable skill that can help young people develop the confidence, creativity, and problem-solving abilities needed to succeed in today's fast-paced and ever-changing world. By providing opportunities for youth to start their own businesses, participate in startup accelerator programs, or work on community service projects, we can help them develop the life skills they need to succeed” said Rajani Nalla, Founder & CEO, Trusity.