Dubai, UAE: Infiniti, one of the region’s fastest growing premium automotive brands, concluded it’s ‘Infiniti Speed Pitching’ programme in Hong Kong on the 17th of December 2015 announcing Thea Myhrvold with TeachMeNow.com as the winner of the $US40,000 in seed funding for her business.
Held over three days from the 14th – 16th of December at the “Infiniti Lab” in Hong Kong, the three finalists underwent an intensive mentoring and coaching programme with Infiniti, Nest and international industry leaders as well as multiple rehearsals for them to fine tune their pitch. The Hong Kong program culminated with a final day of pitching their business idea to a panel of Infiniti and Nest executives.
The winning idea, TeachMeNow, is a global marketplace for one to one learning in real time, where anyone can teach and everyone can learn. All the classes are live and happen through their virtual classrooms that have live audio, video, interactive document editing, whiteboards and more.
The platform has thousands of teachers from around the world using the website to inspire and to teach students from Australia to Saudi Arabia. The majority of the tutors are Ivy League graduates from places like MIT, Yale, LSE, Princeton as well as certified teachers and experts.
The programme in Hong Kong, closes out what started in the Middle East and called on participants had to be able to present a thorough intelligent and innovative commercial proposition. The start-up idea could have covered any product- or service-related industry, participants had to be based in the GCC (Jordan and Lebanon included), and the business and related activities had to have had a clear focus on the region.
This was then followed by the regional final in Dubai where 30 finalists converged on the Dubai Autodrome. Each candidate was given the opportunity to pitch their idea to a total of 3 judges (individually) in the rear cabin of the Infiniti Q70 as it was chauffeured around the track for a period of seven minutes.
Whilst all ideas presented during the day were great – the stand out proposals were delivered by Stefano Fallaha from Lebanon, Zaina Al Bader from Kuwait and Thea Myhrvold from the UAE.