Paul Kenny named ‘Mentor of the Year’ at 2017 Arabian Business StartUp Awards
Paul Kenny, an established technology entrepreneur in the Middle East, was named ‘Mentor of the Year’ at the 2017 Arabian Business StartUp Awards, held at The Rixos Hotel, JBR, Dubai.
Kenny was recognised for his work with the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA), where he is involved with the UAE chapter. He is about to kick off a university speaking tour where he will guide student entrepreneurs who will compete for the UAE title and then move onto to the global competition in early 2018. He has also spent considerable time this year helping young entrepreneurs from Japan bring their businesses to the Middle East through his work with the Japanese Government, Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) at this year’s GITEX.
On the recognition, Kenny said: “It is a privilege to work with aspiring entrepreneurs and I am humbled to accept this award. The Middle East is an amazing entrepreneurial incubator and I consider it a great honour to be able to share from my career experiences with other ambitious entrepreneurs to support and advise in them in their own careers paths.”
Kenny plans to continue mentoring, both in the UAE and abroad. He will next mentor entrepreneurs on series A fundraising at the NASEBA 3RD MENA Private Equity and Venture Capital Summit later this month.
Kenny is currently the Managing Director of AYM, an investment holding firm specialised in breakthrough digital technology and online business. AYM recently worked with the Danube Company to develop Danube Online, Saudi Arabia’s first online grocery shopping application. He is a founding partner at Emerge Ventures, a venture capital firm focused on
high-impact early stage and Series A investments in Emerging Markets. Kenny previously founded Dubai based online coupon website, Cobone.