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AIM Startup 2019 is gearing up for its third edition with an aim to link 500 startup companies with over 200 global investors. The event, in partnership with the National Program for SMEs and Projects, is an initiative of the UAE Ministry of Economy and will be happening on April 8-10, 2019 at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

The event’s much awaited feature is the Annual Pitch Competition where startups can compete with their project and impress investors by securing their nod for project financing. Startup founders will also have the opportunity to showcase their projects to an audience comprising of foreign dignitaries and international investors looking for opportunities across a 4,000sqm exhibition floor.

AIM Startup 2019 is gathering the best and the most innovative startups based in MENA through a series of roadshows. These two-day roadshows feature a workshop and a pitch competition on the first and second day, respectively. At least 15 startups are expected to participate per location where 5 will be selected to advance to AIM Startup 2019 Annual Pitch Competition. Exhibition fee will also be waived for startups who will be selected during the roadshow and they will have an opportunity to compete for the USD 50,000 pool prize in April in Dubai.

AIM Startup 2019 roadshow kicked off in Jordan on December 2-3, 2018 with The Tank by Umniah as partner; Cubical Services hosted the competition in Kuwait on December 11-12, 2018; and Bahraini top entrepreneurs are expected on December 23-24, 2018 at Bahrain Business Incubator Center.

Early next year, the roadshow will continue in Oman on January 2-3, 2019 with Sas for Entrepreneurship Center as host partner; in Lebanon on January 9-10, 2019; in Riyadh on January 13-14, 2019 at King Salman Institute for Entrepreneurship with King Saud University as host partner; in both Jeddah and Egypt simultaneously on January 16-17, 2019 with Prince Mohammad bin Salman College (MBSC) for Business and Entrepreneurship as knowledge partners and Creative Hub as Host partners, respectively.

Under the theme “Harnessing Global Digitization to Empower Startups and SMEs”, AIM Startup 2019 will gather together startups, incubators, accelerators, investors, policy-makers, corporate representatives, consultants, intellectual property law experts, financial institutions, SMEs and solution providers. Last year’s AIM Startup saw an increase in the number of participating companies looking to raise capitals, expand into new markets, or forge meaningful business relationships.

AIM Startup 2018 top participating countries were Switzerland, UK, Germany, Egypt, USA, Lebanon, Jordan, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Tanzania, South Africa, Cameroon, Namibia, Kyrgyzstan, India, Singapore, Japan, South Korea, and Australia.

IndiaJoy 18 , the biggest media and digital entertainment event of the year will be hosted in Hyderabad by the combined efforts of Government of Telangana, IndiaJoy and TVAGA. Asia’s biggest gaming cum media & digital entertainment content Expo, ‘IndiaJoy 2018’ will make its debut at HICC and HITEX in Hyderabad. The 5-day event supported by Government of Telangana and facilitated by Telangana VFX, Animation & Gaming Association (TVAGA) is divided into B2B area for business, B2C for gamers during December 2nd – 6th.

IndiaJoy’ aims to become the leading media and digital entertainment convergence of influential minds. For the first time ever, under one platform, the event will see the convergence of India Game Developers Conference, Unite India (Unity), Indywood (Film & VFX), Indian Games Expo (IGX), ASIFA CG Meetups, Animation Express, Playmax eSports, Google Developers Day, Association of Designers of India (ADI) including a number of interesting and exciting activities.

According to Jayesh Ranjan, Principal Secretary, Information Technology Electronics & Communications, Government of Telangana IndiaJoy 2018 is expected to bring significant value to the industry, largely comprising Animation, Gaming, VFX, AR / VR Content developers and Investors.  This event will provide a 360-degree Talent-Entertainment-Networking (TEN) experience.

The state government is actively encouraging its domestic game industry to go global. IndiaJoy 2018 will unfold tremendous benefits and opportunities for Investors, Corporations, Studios, Content Developers, Delegates, Consumers, Hardware manufacturers and students, through its well-conceived series of Networking, Trade Exhibitions, Product Launches, B2B and B2C events.

The media and entertainment segment is growing rapidly, and there is mounting interest among entrepreneurs, academia and professionals about its prospects. With an event like “IndiaJoy”, this is bound to grow bigger and Hyderabad will surely make its mark internationally as a trade destination for media and digital entertainment.

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IndiaJoy 2018 expo is attracting wide participation from industry leading names. Spread across several square meters, the event will host 15+ events, 25000 delegates, 300 exhibitors, 500 speakers from 30 countries.

IndiaJoy is an International event which will open up opportunities for AVGC (Animation, VFX, Gaming and Comic) industry. It will be an exciting moment for the industry.

The Gaming, Animation Digital Media and Entertainment week will kick off with Asifa CG Meet-up on 2nd December. A series of daylong events will be held on 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th December, featuring Google Day and Indie Game Developers Day. AnimationExpress and Investor Connect are other highlights of the event.

This event showcases Unite, Virtual Augmented Mixed Reality, Indywood, and Indian Gaming Expo. Every day, the evenings will culminate with Hyderabad Music Festival. An e-sports carnival in association with Playmax is another attraction with a range of PC games, Console games to indulge.

 Here are the key Highlights of India Joy 2018:

  • India Game Developer Conference – IGDC: India’s premier Game Developers Conference IGDC imparts insights, skills, global trends and making it to be the most significant event of this kind in South Asia.
  • Unite India: Unity Inc will bring together creative, interactive learning and a chance to connect with experts and get a glimpse of the future.
  • Animation Xpress – Investor Connect will bring together animation, VFX and gaming stakeholders on one platform with conferences and screenings.
  • ASIFA CG Meetups will celebrate the art of animation and give artists the opportunity to network globally.
  • Indian Games Expo-IGX will combine the fastest growing Online Gaming entertainment industry which is one of the world’s most rapidly expanding consumer markets.
  • Indywood: The confluence of world cinema and bring together passion and aspiration enabling enthusiasts to meet connect and showcase.
  • Playmax ESports Carnival: The biggest gaming Carnival in India with games like PUBG, WWE, FIFA, LoL, DoTA, Counter-Strike.

HITEX and HICC, the venue for all the above events spreads across 8 halls adding up to 301,280 square feet and an open display area of 353,197 sq.ft. The Government of Telangana is the principal promoter of not-for-profit Umbrella Expo, IndiaJoy is facilitated by Telangana VFX, Animation & Gaming Association (TVAGA) – a non-profit association established to promote & support growth of Animation, Gaming &Visual effects industry.

According to industry analysts, in terms of regions, Asia-Pacific builds out its lead with revenues of $71.4 billion in 2018. With markets like India, Asia-Pacific is home to the fastest-growing games market globally. Driven by increased smartphone adoption, better internet infrastructure, and competitive and immersive mobile games, these markets have boosted the region to capture 52% of the global market.

Registrations are open to Organisations and individuals related to media and digital entertainment industry. The interesting deals at the registration desk are “All-ACCESS PASS” that grants access to all events for both visitors and those taking part on all six days. Registration can be done at www.indiajoy.in

The UAE has enacted laws and formed government organisations to promote a culture of tolerance and to clamp down on hate crime, the head of Dubai’s Islamic affairs authority said.

The anti-discrimination law, that came into effect in 2015 and criminalises all forms of discrimination on the grounds of religion, caste, creed, doctrine, race, colour or ethnic origin, and the establishment of a Ministry of Tolerance are among the ways the country is leading the fight against extremism.

Dr Hamad Al Shaibani, managing director of the International Institute for Tolerance, said intolerance and discrimination create a breeding ground for extremism and fanaticism and their consequences need to be addressed.

Speaking in Dubai on Monday, Dr Al Shaibani said: “Wars and famines resulted from intolerance and fanaticism across worldwide communities.

“Promotion of the culture of tolerance is key to the elimination of worldwide conflict. The UAE is the first country to establish a ministry for tolerance,” he said.

The World Tolerance Summit will be held in November to inform policies and brainstorm solutions to address radicalism.

 

“Government and private sector leaders, human rights activists, society studies experts and social media influencers will be hosted at the two-day summit to exchange topics and come up with binding resolutions for societies worldwide,” Dr Al Shaibani said.

He said the UAE was the perfect place to host the summit since it has proven itself as a tolerant country capable of hosting a multinational society which happily coexists.

“Our country is at the forefront of combating terrorism by using measures from internationally recognised experts,” he said.

Last year’s annual Arab Youth Survey revealed that unemployment and extremism were regarded as the greatest challenges to the region.

Because extremist ideologies thrive in societies with the largest number of young people, experts at the summit will focus on youth involvement in educational institutes and the empowerment of women.

The UAE has enacted laws and formed government organisations to promote a culture of tolerance and to clamp down on hate crime, the head of Dubai’s Islamic affairs authority said.

The anti-discrimination law, that came into effect in 2015 and criminalises all forms of discrimination on the grounds of religion, caste, creed, doctrine, race, colour or ethnic origin, and the establishment of a Ministry of Tolerance are among the ways the country is leading the fight against extremism.

Dr Hamad Al Shaibani, managing director of the International Institute for Tolerance, said intolerance and discrimination create a breeding ground for extremism and fanaticism and their consequences need to be addressed.

Speaking in Dubai on Monday, Dr Al Shaibani said: “Wars and famines resulted from intolerance and fanaticism across worldwide communities.

“Promotion of the culture of tolerance is key to the elimination of worldwide conflict. The UAE is the first country to establish a ministry for tolerance,” he said.

The World Tolerance Summit will be held in November to inform policies and brainstorm solutions to address radicalism.

 

“Government and private sector leaders, human rights activists, society studies experts and social media influencers will be hosted at the two-day summit to exchange topics and come up with binding resolutions for societies worldwide,” Dr Al Shaibani said.

He said the UAE was the perfect place to host the summit since it has proven itself as a tolerant country capable of hosting a multinational society which happily coexists.

“Our country is at the forefront of combating terrorism by using measures from internationally recognised experts,” he said.

Last year’s annual Arab Youth Survey revealed that unemployment and extremism were regarded as the greatest challenges to the region.

Because extremist ideologies thrive in societies with the largest number of young people, experts at the summit will focus on youth involvement in educational institutes and the empowerment of women.

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