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Inaugural GCC Social Innovation Summit at Dubai Exhibition Centre will bring together multiple stakeholders to share best practices and co-create solutions that will accelerate the social impact entrepreneurial and investment space.

Building on Expo 2020 Dubai’s $100 million global innovation and partnership programme Expo Live, the GCC Social Innovation Summit is to take place at Dubai Exhibition Centre, at the Expo 2020 site, in February 2021.

This inaugural event will bring together multiple stakeholders to share best practices and co-create solutions that will accelerate the social impact entrepreneurial and investment space for a transformative decade ahead.

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As a precursor to this, thirty-plus high-level regional representatives recently gathered in Dubai at an exclusive session, organised by Expo Live, to accelerate the growth of social impact entrepreneurship and investment. The event was hosted by Yousuf Caires, Senior Vice President of Expo Live, which has, to date, supported 120 Global Innovators who are helping improve people’s lives, preserve the planet or both.

It took place at the offices of the UAE Government Accelerators, a UAE government initiative aimed at accelerating the implementation of projects, instilling a culture of entrepreneurship and innovation in government, and encouraging integration among government entities and the private sector.

Many of the projects supported by Expo 2020 are already making a positive impact. For example, Land Life Company, which is both an Expo Live Global Innovator and part of the Global Best Practice Programme, and has a mission to help reforest degraded land, has already planted close to one million trees in 13 countries and is planning to plant one million more in the UAE before Expo 2020 opens.