15 October 2018
The competition is part of Sage’s efforts to invest in non-profit organisations that help disadvantaged communities reach their true potential through education, entrepreneurship and healthcare.
The first of three participating non-profit organisations in the Big Give Live was The Citizens Foundation, a Pakistan-based network of independently-run schools with an enrolment of 220,000 students, 48 per cent of which are girls. The second was Al Noor Training Centre which operates under the Patronage of H.H. Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, which provides quality care and training for around 200 children with disabilities from 25 different nationalities. Lastly, there was Manzil, which was inaugurated by Sheikha Jameela Mohammed Al Qasimi, Director General of Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services, and caters to students from the age of 4 years old with cognitive disabilities.
The three non-profit organisations pitched to a panel of judges comprising Oscar Garcia, SVP of Business Marketing at Etisalat; Essa Alzaabi, SVP Support Services at Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Hans Christensen, Matt Kibby, VP of Sage Enterprise Africa & Middle East and Joanne van der Walt, Director of Promotions at Sage Foundation, VP of Dubai Technology Entrepreneurship Centre and Silicon Oasis Founders; George Hojeige, CEO at Virtuzone.
The winners were assessed based on how their organization intends to utilise the grants to make an impact in their respective communities, and their current work.