Autistic qualifies for Global Student Entrepreneur Awards

By Eudore R. Chand

DUBAI 7 February 2018: An autistic Indian from Dubai has qualified from the UAE to compete in the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards to be held in Canada.

Shammi has autism and ADHD and could not read four years ago. But after completing a full-time brain training programme, he successfully overcame his learning challenges, and in 2016 opened his firm, Brain Abilitiez.

The center provides brain training with proven results to enhance mental performance and offers personalized programs designed to help improve individuals’ cognitive abilities through brain training.

Shammi, a student of the School of Business Administration at the American University of Dubai, was selected by the UAE chapter of Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO).

GSEA is EO’s premier awards program for students who own or operate a business while attending college or university. Globally, every year more than 2,000 students from more than 56 countries enter the global competition.

The UAE qualifier competition hosted by GSEA UAE saw the participation of 11 student finalists from colleges and universities. The UAE competition was organized and headed up by Middle East e-commerce and technology entrepreneur Paul Kenny, Managing Director of AYM Commerce and former CEO and founder of Cobone.

Shammi now makes his way to the global finals being held on April 14th in Toronto, Canada.

Sharing his excitement about the win, Shammi said, “I am so thrilled to win the UAE final of the GSEA competition. The platform provides an exceptional opportunity for young entrepreneurs. I have worked hard to get my business up and running and this recognition will give me a leg up in my entrepreneurial journey. Having access to mentorship from established entrepreneurs at EO is a huge advantage.”

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Paul Kenny said: “The GSEA aims to inspire students to become change makers, to fully explore their potential and achieve their goals. The standard of entries at the UAE finals was very high. The competition provides a platform and access to an entrepreneurial community that aims to support and nurture the students’ entrepreneurial ambition. As a mentor, I seek to be part of the movement that enables young entrepreneurs reach their full potential.”