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Centre of Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Centre of Innovation and Entrepreneurship

The Centre of Innovation and Entrepreneurship aims to foster a vibrant ecosystem for the creation and growth of enterprises through Research, Education and Practice. It provides a welcoming community for researchers and practitioners, while embracing tolerance, diversity, and inclusivity, to develop the right environment for innovations to flourish. We provide our community with the spaces, connections, and resources they need to work, connect, create, and transform. Moreover, students from varied academic backgrounds bring together their knowledge and passion to identify social and commercial opportunities. We accelerate their success and amplify their impact through the power of coworking, community and collaboration. The Center welcomes their innovative ideas and provides direction and mentorship so that students could successfully integrate innovation into their entrepreneurial initiatives. We do this by providing the knowledge, environment and inspiration to all staff and students through training programmes, events, and workshops. We work closely with the wider business, entrepreneurial communities, and the Government to enable them to unleash their potential including the Dubai Future Foundation, Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), EXPO2020, Gargash Group, OSN, Barcelo Group and several others. To find out more about our initiatives and upcoming events, you could access our 2021 - 2022 portfolio. You are welcome to come in touch with us with ideas and synergies and participate physically or remotely. 


Professor Evangelos Moustakas
Head, Centre of Innovation and Entrepreneurship
t. +971 (0)44 335 637

Centre of Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Middlesex University Dubai
Block 17, Ground Floor, Knowledge Park, Dubai

  University Entrepreneurship Programme

1st November (Monday) 10 - 11:30am

Block 17 Ground Floor Room 04

This is an open call for all undergradute/postgraduate students who wish to apply for the University Entrepreneurship Programme (UEP). The UEP creates a suitable environment for innovation and entrepreneurship, employs modern technology in various vital and future sectors, and prepares young students for the future by developing their entrepreneurial capabilities through five main stages: Learning about successful experiences, identifying opportunities and areas of entrepreneurship, developing personal capabilities and talents, surveying potential business opportunities, and implementing ideas and projects. Middlesex University Dubai is honoured to participate in the UEP programme organised by the Dubai Future Foundation. Dubai Future Foundation has taken the essential step in realizing the comprehensive vision announced by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, in creating economic and creative free zones in universities that allow students to carry out innovative businesses and creative activities as an integrated part of their higher education, by supporting them with research, and funding and ultimately allow universities to graduate not students, but successful entrepreneurs.

University Entrepreneurship Programme Orientation workshop: Register now




5 November 2020

Dr Sana Sajan
Director of American Aesthetics Clinics (Danube Group)

2 February 2020

Mr. Rizwan Sajan
Billionaire Founder and Chairman @ Danube Group

21 March 2017

Mudassir Sheikha
Co-Founder, Careem

2 October 2017

Joy Ajlouny
Co-Founder and Creative Director, Fetchr

2 October 2017

Donna Benton
Founder and Chairman, The Entertainer

2 October 2017

Ibrahim Colak
Founder and CEO, Mr. Usta

1 November, 2017

Mr. Vilhelm Hedberg
Co-Founder and CEO of eKar

Knowledge transfer and exchange is the process of working collaboratively with industry to marry cutting-edge university research with the business ambitions of an organisation. The Centre of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) partners with industry to identify and pursue mutually beneficial business objects through collaborative agreements.

CIE has an experienced team of distinguished researchers and highly skilled professionals with outstanding experience in training and consulting. It helps corporations and professionals develop breakthrough strategic solutions to drive sustainable business impact. Our mission is to help organisations in the UAE as well as internationally improve their knowledge and skills and to enable them to achieve their goals in the business world.

Some of the activities of CIE include:

  • University Entrepreneurship Programme
  • MDXcelerator
  • Distinguished lecture series
  • Collaborative research centres with industry
  • Training workshops
  • Identifying successful management practices
  • Benchmarking
  • Access to industry databases
  • Conferences
  • Customised certificate programmes for specific industries
  • Industry round tables
  • Management development programmes

Core Team

Evangelos Moustakas

Professor Evangelos Moustakas
Head, CIE

Mariam Aslam

Mariam Aslam
Deputy Head, CIE

Jeongsoo Han

Dr Jeongsoo Han
CIE Management Track

Rhoderick Romano

Rhoderick Romano
CIE Entrepreneurship Track

Advisory Board


At Middlesex University Dubai we empower students and provide them with the tools and contacts to make their entrepreneurial dreams a reality.



  • To be the preferred entrepreneurship accelerator program in Dubai in terms of the quality of the program offering and the inherent opportunities that can help accelerate the business with the MDXcelerator’s network of partners

Students who participate in the MDXcelerator Programme are able to benefit from:


Access to a unique shared workspace for one year

A space to work on your idea, develop skills, interact – a ‘try, fail, try again’ type of environment. Creating something good takes time, care and patience. We provide an area to not only work on your business, but to also be inspired alongside like-minded next-generation entrepreneurs in the programme.


Access to mentors

Leveraging on campus expertise across diverse fields such as Marketing, HR, Finance, IT and Law; you can develop a more comprehensive approach to your business to give it as much of a chance to survive it’s start-up phase.


Specific consultation advice and discounts for business licensing

Your enterprise has specific needs as unique as the products/services you offer. Apart from in-house experts, partner agencies are as invested in your successful enterprise. Your business goes through rounds of consultation and advise from ideation to set-up considerations.


Workshops designed to develop robust business model

What kind of learnings do we have in the past that have allowed for us to create better businesses? The programme will feature workshops to help develop, test and refine your business ideas. We work on the fundamentals of business modeling in order to maximise the marketability and sustainability of your idea.


Skill development activities

Great innovation and entrepreneurship ideas can be found even from simple problems. The programme will promote design thinking methods through activities to develop skills next generation entrepreneurs need to effectively operate in today’s demanding and fast-paced business environment.


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