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Startup competition

What is the start-up competition?

This is an event organised by Road Ventures SA, a Captive Venture Capital Fund that supports innovation in mobility and the road transport industry, and encourages creative thinking. This start-up competition is dedicated to launching and advising the world’s next wave of leading entrepreneurs.
Road Ventures sponsorship of Innovation Alley will bring together the top early-stage start-ups to pitch and compete against each other during the IRU World Congress in Muscat, Oman, on 6-8 November 2018. 

The way people and goods travel from point A to point B is changing, driven by a series of converging trends. The result is the emergence of a new ecosystem of mobility that can offer faster, cheaper, cleaner, safer, more efficient, and more customised travel. That is where you can make a difference.
This competition will allow the most innovative project to win a prize of USD 100,000 in equity investment, and the opportunity to gain visibility with venture capital firms, angel investors, the press, as well as local and international media.

Meet the finalists

Wednesday 7 November 10:30

Kido Lowbus Zeleros

Wednesday 7 November 15:00

Cargox Meep Safedrive

Award winners ceremony - Thursday 8 November 13:30

The jury

Raphael Gindrat

Raphael Gindrat
CEO and cofounder, Bestmile

From his days as student at the prestigious Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), to helping cofound Bestmile, Raphael Gindrat has been on the leading edge of autonomous vehicle development for much of his life, not only testing and operating one of the first autonomous vehicles in Europe but also actively involved in the European project Citymobil2 as a co-author for one of their city studies on automated transport.

Dr. James H. Miners

Dr. James H. Miners
Senior Business Advisor - FONGIT

James is an international entrepreneur and innovator. He has set-up and managed four technology startups in Cleantech, Nano-materials and Transportation, including High Power Lithium, which was successfully exited to the Dow Chemical Company. Passionate about transforming technology into product, James brings a unique experience of leading value creation and innovation in startups as well as fortune 100 companies. He has 20+ scientific publications and patents and holds a PhD from the University of Warwick and a PED from IMD.

Patrice Crisinel

Patrice Crisinel
Managing Director - Road Ventures SA

Patrice joined Viatrans SA in 2015 and co-created Road Ventures, a transportation and mobility early stage investment fund. With more than 15 years’ experience in Venture Capital and Private Equity, he has been investing and managing companies including start-ups in the mobility and transportation sector. He currently leads Road Ventures operationally. He holds a degree in mechanical engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology.
Dr. Ahmed Mohsin Al-Ghassani

Dr. Ahmed Mohsin Al-Ghassani
CEO of the Public Authority for Small and Medium Enterprises Development (Riyada) which plays a major role to nurture and aid the development of the country’s SME ecosystem.

Al Ghassani’s previous engagements bring to Riyada a rich combination of academic, engineering and business experience. He also served as the UNESCO’s National Expert on a prestigious regional four year project on Entrepreneurship Education in the Arab States. Al Ghassani holds the Doctorate Degree in Construction Management from Loughborough University, UK (2003), under a grant from the UK’s EPSRC Research Council, as well he holds a Master’s degree in structural engineering from the University of Manchester Institute Of Science and Technology (UMIST) and a BSc. in civil engineering from Sultan Qaboos University.

Yousuf Al Harthy

Mr. Yousuf Al Harthy
CEO of Oman Technology Fund

Yousuf has been a technologist and an entrepreneur for over 20 years. During this time he founded 3 startups after working for organizations and institutions in both the public and private sectors. He is well known and recognized as an expert in the field of information technology for the many roles he has played in developing and shaping the ICT industry in Oman. Yousuf Al-Harthy holds a Master Degree in Information Technology form RMIT University in Australia and a double degrees in IT and Business from the US.

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