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Faq

  • 1

    When can I submit my application?

    Application submissions will be received from July 13th, 2016.
    The deadline for submissions is August 15th, 2016 Selected finalists will be notified by second week of September, 2016.

    Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible. (Dates subject to change)

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    How do I enter?

    Click (here) to apply for the Innovation 4 Impact Competition

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    What are the eligibility requirements for entry?

    Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and can be from any country around the world. If selected as a finalist, the applicant must be able to travel to Dubai for the GIES summit on October 11 and 12, and present at the competition. Travel and accommodation will be provided by GIES for the presenter. If needed, GIES will provide documentation for visa applications.

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    What criteria will the Selection Committee use to assess the application?

    Following submission, applications will undergo three rounds of screening by a selection committee. Each round will consist of the following:

    Round 1 –
    Submission and review of the application by the selection committee.

    Round 2 –
    Selection committee will notify you by email and set up a telephone interview. Applicants 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. Applicants may be required to participate in up to 3 telephone interviews.

    Round 3 –
    You will be notified as a finalist and be coached to prepare for your presentation at the competition finale. You may also be required to do a dry run of the presentation with the selection committee.

    The selection committee will consider the following criteria in determining the finalists:

    • Completeness of each section of the application; and
    • 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
  • 5

    What if there is a technical problem with submission of the application?

    If this happens, please send an email to info@innvation4impact.com and we will respond to you within 24 hours.

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    Will I be notified after submitting my initial application?

    Yes, you will receive an automated email informing you that we have received your application immediately. Due to the high volume of submissions, the Selection Committee will only contact you if your application qualifies for the second round.

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    How will I know if I qualified for the second round of the application process?

    You will be notified by email and a telephone interview will be scheduled. 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 3 telephone interviews during this process.

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    How many rounds of the application process are there?

    There are 3 rounds. The first round is the application submission. The second round is when the selection team notifies you by email and requires a telephone interview and draft presentation. The third round is when you are notified as a finalist and coached to prepare your presentation; you may also be required to do the dry run of the presentation with the selection committee.

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    What confidentiality rules apply to my application submission?

    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.

For enquiries and more information, please send an email to info@innovation4impact.com and we will respond to you within 48 hours.