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One of the Establishment's key objectives is to help address the challenges of the funding gap for Small/ Medium enterprises and make capital available to them on a per-need basis.
A key objective of SME is to address the challenges of accessing finance for start-up small [& medium size enterprises. Many aspiring entrepreneurs often fail to secure the initial star-up funding needed for their business. SME has a variety of financing programs to ease this challenge and facilitate the new business of entrepreneurs. The application procedure for financial support, both for potential and existing entrepreneurs, requires a detailed business plan.
The criteria for considering projects for financial support takes into account, commitment of the entrepreneur, financial parameters, uniqueness of business idea and model, entrepreneurial sensitivity to the challenges of start-up and Growth, business risk and quality of the business plan.
The entrepreneur Relations (ER) team serves entrepreneurs by accelerating business start-up through a variety of services such as guidance on type of business, mode and category of business licensing, reducing business start-up costs, and accessing reduced rate location real space.
The Entrepreneur support services team will also assist in obtaining exemptions or fee reductions for government services.
Legal Services Offered to SME members:
Membership Criteria / Conditions:
Business is located in Dubai.
100 % owned and managed by a UAE National.
If the application is for an existing business, it should not exceed three years since startup.
During exemption period only one license will be issued, another license could be obtained by the member if the activities of the new license are compatible to the first license.
Number of Trade licenses issued per applicant prior to submitting membership application should not exceed four (4).
All Dubai Government departments allocate at least 5% of their annual purchasing budget to participants of the Government Procurement Programme (GPP).
This enables UAE Nationals who own and operate small and medium-size businesses to compete with larger companies and sell their products and services to government departments. Since this programme was established in 2002, GPP members have sold more than AED 1 billion worth of goods and services to the Dubai Government.
GPP helped me to sign contracts/deals with leading Dubai Government establishments
Benefits of GPP membership
As a GPP member, you and your company will benefit from:
GPP Eligibility Criteria and Requirements
To register for GPP, your company must be:
The type of position you hold in the company and the hours you dedicate to the business will be considered in the approval decision. You must also pass the internal evaluation process in order to qualify for GPP membership.
Helping the Entrepreneurs of Tomorrow Grow
Successful entrepreneurs all share one common quality – the ability to adapt and evolve to the rapidly changing business environment. Being a successful business owner requires you to be constantly upgrading your skills and knowledge, keeping your company ahead of the trends and adjust to the changing times.
At Dubai SME, we help budding and experience entrepreneurs alike develop the skillset they need to thrive by delivering relevant information, seminars, workshops and other opportunities to learn, grow and network with ambitious, like-minded individuals.
Explore our extensive collection of educational resources and tests designed to nurture your entrepreneurial and managerial talents. In additional to assessing your personal readiness to launch your very own brand and company, we also help you identify opportunities in the marketplace, evaluate risks and develop business plans.
Whether you're a first-time entrepreneur or a seasoned start-up engineer, we'll help you enhance your business skills and help turn your vision into a reality.