Dubai Startup Hub And GoDaddy Host Virtual Training Workshop For Entrepreneurs On How To Build Online Presence
A workshop by Dubai Startup Hub and global internet domain registrar and web hosting company GoDaddy equipped entrepreneurs with timely insights into tools to help continue growing their ventures in the face of exceptional challenges businesses face amid the global novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The online workshop, titled ‘Build a Digital Presence with GoDaddy’, was designed to provide practical hands-on training aimed at supporting founders to develop and enhance their online presence.
Many countries, communities and businesses worldwide continue to endure several weeks of social and economic restrictions as part of safety measures to contain the COVID-19 outbreak. But e-commerce activity, particularly related to healthcare and groceries as well as other web-based models in the field of education, subscription models and digital streaming, are booming worldwide and in the region.
Selina Bieber, Senior Regional Director for MENA, Turkey and South Africa, GoDaddy said in a statement: “At GoDaddy, our focus is on empowering entrepreneurs on their journey to bring their idea to life online. Regardless of where an entrepreneur is on their journey, we strive to guide them along the way with advice, support and the right tools to help them create and grow their online presence. Now, more than ever, we are hearing a call for training support and are delighted to once again be partnering with Dubai Startup Hub to equip members with the skills they need to help build their online presence, including a step-by-step website building session using our do-it-yourself Websites + Marketing tool.”
The workshop provided guidance and ideas on how entrepreneurs can build their website and go live with their business, in a short span of time. The session’s topics included defining an online presence, how to choose a domain name, the importance of a professional email, and a step-by-step approach to planning and building.
Training facilitators additionally stressed the importance of having an online presence in the UAE, which has a 90% internet penetration and mobiles accounting for more than 60% of the web traffic.
Natalia Sycheva, Manager of Entrepreneurship at Dubai Chamber, explained that the workshop series is part of Dubai Startup Hub’s educational agenda and the organization’s commitment to provide effective tools to support the growth and development of entrepreneurs.
“In today’s world, which is witnessing the growth of e-commerce and a digitally-savvy customer, it is very important to build an online presence to market your product or service and be visible,” she said. “Being online, helps a business shape their virtual identity and is a strong channel for attracting customers and building trust. We, at Dubai Startup Hub, understand the important role that technology can play in ensuring business continuity and that is why we are offering our workshops online – to continue supporting our entrepreneurs in spite of these uncertain times.”
Sycheva added that digital presence is paramount at both stages of validating a business idea and gaining momentum and growth. The workshops provide a comprehensive and step-by-step map on the various components of online presence and how they can impact the sustainability and growth of a startup.
Upon completion of the two-day training, participants will receive a course certificate as well as a dedicated support and business growth package from GoDaddy.
GoDaddy is the world’s largest domain name registrar and has more than 77 million domain names under management with over 19 million customers worldwide. The company’s website builder tool eliminates the complexity of knowing web coding languages like HTML and enables people to design a professional website in a matter of hours.
Dubai Startup Hub, an entrepreneurship initiative of Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, has taken its events online to support new members as well as continue delivery of all its programs and activities digitally. The move is in line with its business continuity measures and commitments towards fostering entrepreneurship in the emirate following the COVID-19 outbreak. The digital initiatives are also geared towards helping startups sustain and grow despite challenging market conditions as a result of the ongoing pandemic.
Dubai Chamber launched Dubai Startup Hub in 2016 as an online platform for startups, entrepreneurs, developers, venture capitalists and students, enabling them to learn about new opportunities and create new partnerships that stimulate economic growth.
Being a part of the Dubai Startup Hub provides a multi-program platform for entrepreneurs from around the world to explore business opportunities in Dubai, while benefiting from a set of programs and services such as Market Access Program, Emirati Development Program, Dubai Smartpreneur Competition and Co-Founder Dubai Program, among others.
Established in 1965, the Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry is a non-profit public entity, whose mission is to represent, support and protect the interests of the business community in Dubai by creating a favourable business environment, supporting the development of business, and by promoting Dubai as an international business hub.