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EGA Ramp-Up

EGA Ramp-Up brought to you by Emirates Global Aluminium, powered by C3, aims to foster the next generation of entrepreneurs, whose businesses will grow the economy and create opportunities for the community.

EGA Ramp-Up

As a programme from the largest industrial company in the United Arab Emirates outside oil and gas, EGA Ramp-Up has a particular focus on entrepreneurs whose business ideas are related to the application of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to innovative solutions to progress sustainability within various sectors.

Start-ups that reach the final stage of the programme and are aligned with EGA’s strategic objectives will be assessed for their eligibility to receive funding from EGA.

EGA Ramp-Up is powered by C3 – Companies Creating Change. Cis a UAE-based social enterprise supporting entrepreneurs in the Middle East, Africa and Turkey to unlock their growth potential and maximise their positive impact on the community and the environment. With the support of C3’s network of trainers, experts, investors and alumni, Cenables impact-driven startups to become active agents of change.

The programme


Online courses

Virtual sessions to learn the fundamentals of impact entrepreneurship.

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Start-up workshops

Supporting UAE-based founders as they progress their journey towards entrepreneurship, and maximise their economic, social or environmental impact.

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Mentoring support

One-to-one support for the most promising entrepreneurs.


Cash rewards

Opportunity to receive cash rewards and collaborate with EGA.

EGA Ramp-Up: benefits


Receive training and practical support


Access a network of experts and mentors


Access market opportunities


Potential to receive funding

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The journey:

Express your interest

Provide us with some high-level information about yourself and register your interest to attend the live online courses introducing impact entrepreneurship.

Once you fill in the short form, you will receive a confirmation email and will subsequently be invited to the online courses.

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The journey:

Help us get to know you better

Provide us with more details about your founding team, your start-up and your commitment to take part in the EGA Ramp-Up programme, by filling the long form by Friday 27th January 2023. As you wait for the programme’s selection results, make sure not to miss out the live online courses!

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The journey:

Take the C3 Growth Predictor Test

You will receive an email for you to complete the C3 Growth Predictor Test right after the application deadline. The test has been uniquely designed by C3 to assess start-ups’ growth potential based on a self-assessment covering five key pillars.

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Receive the cohort selection results and attend the start-up workshops

The EGA Ramp-Up team will use well-defined criteria to select the programme’s cohort, consisting of 20 UAE-based start-ups. Attending the start-up workshops is mandatory for all applicants who wish to be considered for mentoring support.

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Compete to take part in the final part of the programme

The cohort of 20 selected start-ups will be requested to submit an updated pitch deck and pitch video. Deliverables will be reviewed and assessed by our experts, who will interview the founders and select 5 to 8 start-ups to take part in the mentoring stage and potentially receive funding from EGA.

Eligibility criteria

For online courses

Anyone who is passionate about social and environmental impact and is interested in learning more about impact entrepreneurship and turning a start-up into a successful force for good.

The sessions are tailored towards aspiring or recently-established entrepreneurs as well as corporate employees looking to learn more about this topic.

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Eligibility criteria

For the 20 start-ups that will be selected to participate in the second part of the programme

To apply for the EGA Ramp-Up programme, the start-up must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Be based or have a presence in the UAE
  • Contribute to at least one of the UN Sustainable Development Goals
  • Have at least a Minimum Viable Product and show some traction
  • Founders must be fluent in written and spoken English
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Eligibility criteria

Sector eligibility

The environment (recycling/aluminium recycling, GHG emissions, biodiversity, air quality waste management...).

Supply chain and logistics (simplified processes, warehousing operations, 3D printing consumables...).

Green IT (sustainable IT solutions, blockchain, robotics, AI...).

Human capital (talent identification, platforms to connect corporates with youth and consultants, diversity and inclusion, employee wellbeing...).

Community Impact (a product or a service that support youth development, education, gender diversity...).

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How will the 20 start-ups be selected?

Submitted applications will be assessed according to five criteria: solution innovation, business scalability, social impact scalability, people, and presentation and application quality.

The start-ups will be shortlisted according to their alignment with the sector and eligibility criteria.

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How will the start-ups be selected for mentorship?

The EGA Ramp-Up programme team will assess the engagement and progress of the participants over the online courses and workshops.

Candidates for mentoring will be shortlisted for in-depth interviews to assess the needs of the start-ups, their strategy, and potential involvement with EGA.

Five to eight start-ups will be shortlisted to take part in the mentoring phase of the programme and potentially partner with or receive funding from EGA.

Not sure if you are eligible to apply?

Contact us for further assistance