Global Grad Show is a programme for university graduates across the world whose research tackles social and environmental issues.

The programme, now in its seventh year and held in partnership with A.R.M. Holding and Dubai Culture, is the world’s most diverse initiative of its kind in terms of reach, participating disciplines and programme. Launched in 2015 as an exhibition of impact-driven designs from 10 universities, Global Grad Show currently engages academics in over 60 countries and 300 institutions, in fields ranging from biomedical engineering to urban design and data sciences.

Year-round activations support graduates and professors through three complementing angles: international exposure, knowledge exchange and entrepreneurship. The exhibitions, held physically until 2019 and online in 2020, are a celebration of impact innovation and an opportunity for the public to enter a universe of academic research rarely seen outside campus.

To amplify the real-world impact of its community, Global Grad Show’s entrepreneurship programme offers a full-cycle route for participants who wish to take their innovation to market, further supported by a 10-year Fund set up by A.R.M. Holding to provide seed capital to promising technologies.

Each year, the gathering of talent also creates the opportunity for learning and collaboration and Global Grad Show champions these conversations through conferences, workshops, publications and dedicated initiatives for multi-country and multi-discipline work.

One of its new initiatives is the MENA Grad Show, a celebration of academic talent from the region working on social impact innovation, as part of Dubai Design Week.