Inclusive Business Awards Terms and Conditions

Last updated: 21.04.2021


The present document describes the terms and conditions related to the application process and functioning of the Inclusive Business Awards (hereinafter the “Contest”) organized by CFC Consulting FZCO as a part of the Global Inclusion Online Forum, that offers a platform to small and medium Companies from any industry, that are implementing diversity, equity and inclusion practices in their teams. It also defines the Inclusive Business Awards rules (hereinafter the “Contest rules”).

Your purchase of the Online Forum’s ticket and application for the Contest through the Website is subject to the terms of the present Inclusive Business Awards Terms & Conditions, the Website Terms of Use, the Privacy Policy, and the Anti-Harassment Policy, including any and all accompanying documents. When reference is made to the “Terms” it shall also include the Website Terms of Use, the Privacy Policy, and the Anti-Harassment Policy, including any and all accompanying documents, which are incorporated by reference herein as if recited at length.

You must carefully read and comply with the Terms. By purchasing tickets and applying for the Contest through the Website you agree to be bound by the Terms, and you are confirming that you have fully read, understood and irrevocably accepted these Terms.

If you have any questions about these Terms, please contact us.

This preamble shall form an integral part of the Terms.


Article 1 — Participation and Eligibility

Application. Companies can enter the Contest by registering and purchasing a ticket for the Online Forum and applying for the Contest. In order to be eligible to perform in the Contest, the Company when applying have to choose one of the proposed categories or specify its own in case the project solves an inclusion issue in another area. The above mentioned categories include LGBTQI+ inclusion, Racial Inclusion, Religious inclusion, Ethnic Inclusion, Financial Inclusion, Disability Inclusion and Gender Inclusion.

The Applicant’s online application form must include responses to all mandatory areas in the application form. The Applicant must complete the application form in English.

Requirements. The Company represented by the Applicant must simultaneously comply with the following requirements:

By participating, the Applicant agrees to be fully and unconditionally bound by these Contest rules and the Terms, and represents and warrants that it meets the eligibility requirements. In addition, the Applicant agrees to accept the Organizer’s decisions relating to the content of this Contest as final and binding.

The Organizer has the right to verify the eligibility of each Applicant. Entries that are incomplete or do not adhere to the Contest rules or specifications may be disqualified at the sole discretion of the Organizer. If the Applicant uses fraudulent or misleading methods or otherwise attempts to circumvent the rules, its submission may be removed from eligibility at the sole discretion of the Organizer. The Organizer reserves the right to disqualify the Company from the Contest at the sole discretion of the Organizer.

Article 2 — Contest Schedule

The Contest is held within the schedule with the following deadlines:

All application entries must be received during the Application and Recruitment Period. Submissions received after the deadline will not be accepted. The Organizer reserves the right to extend the above deadlines at the Organizer’s sole discretion informing the Applicants through the event’s website.

Article 3 — Composition and Role of the Jury

The Contest’s Jury is composed of Partners’ representatives, Inclusion gurus, DEI professionals found and appointed by the Organizer at the Organizer’s sole discretion.

Based on the Companies Presentations at the Contest, the Contest’s Jury will choose 10 (ten) Finalists who will compete at the Final.

At the Final the Contest’s Jury will choose 1 (one) Winner and 1 (one) Runner-up.

Article 4 — Presentations

During the Presentations, the Companies will be granted three (3) minutes to present their Company and attempt to convince the members of the Contest’s Jury. Every Presentation will be followed by four (4) minutes of Q&A conducted by the Contest’s Jury. Finalists, during their Presentations at the Final shall comply with the same Presentation’s requirements as the Contestants.

The official language for the Presentations sessions is English.

Article 5 — Final

Companies chosen to compete in the Final will receive access to the Online Forum’s Companies package which includes:

The Finalist’s team member(s) who received the Online Forum’s ticket(s) within the Online Forum’s Startup package are bound by the same Terms as the Applicant.

In the case of disqualification from the Contest, the license for the additional Online Forum’s ticket(s) and all other privileges within the Online Forum’s Companies package will be revoked, but the Applicant will keep their own single ticket to participate in the Online Forum.

Article 5 — Prizes

The prize fund of the Contest will consist of a direct donation from an innovation partner plus additional prizes provided by event’s partners.

In case any of the Winners or Runner-ups is disqualified for any reason, the Organizer will grant the prize to the next best Finalist. The Winners and Runner-ups of the Contest need to comply with any and all local laws and regulations of their jurisdiction. Any applicable taxes and delivery, convenience, bank charges and other fees incurred by the payment of the Award shall be borne entirely by the Winners and Runner-ups.

The acceptance of the Award constitutes permission for the Organizer to use the Winners’ and Runner-ups’ name, likeness, and entry for purposes of advertising and trade without further request.

Article 6 — Intellectual Property

The Applicant understands and agrees that the Organizer, anyone acting on behalf of the Organizer, and the Organizer’s licensees, successors, and assigns, shall have the right, where permitted by law, to print, publish, broadcast, distribute, and use in any media now known or hereafter developed, in perpetuity and throughout the world, without limitation, the Applicants’ entry, name, portrait, picture, voice, likeness, image, statements about the Contest, and biographical information for news, publicity, information, trade, advertising, public relations, and promotional purposes, without any further compensation, notice, review, or consent.

By submitting an application any Applicant represents and warrants that the content of the application is an original work of authorship, and does not violate any third party’s proprietary or intellectual property rights. If an entry of any Applicant infringes upon the intellectual property right of another, such Applicant will be disqualified at the sole discretion of the Organizer.

If the content of the entry is claimed to constitute an infringement of any proprietary or intellectual proprietary rights of any third party, the Applicant shall, at Applicant’s sole expense, defend or settle against such claims. The Applicant shall indemnify, defend, and hold harmless the Organizer from and against any suit, proceeding, claims, liabilities, loss, damage, costs or expenses, which the Organizer may incur, suffer, or be required to pay arising out of such infringement or suspected infringement of any third party’s right. The Applicant is fully responsible at all time for the protection of the Applicant’s intellectual property within the framework of participation in the Contest.

The Applicant is solely responsible for the information about the Startup and its participation in the Contest communicated, published or disseminated by the Applicant. In cases of such communication, the Applicant shall state that it does not represent the opinion of the Organizer, and that the Organizer is not responsible for any use that might be made of data appearing therein.

Article 7 — Amendments

The Organizer reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Contest should fraud, force majeure or other cause beyond the Organizer’s control corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, or proper conduct of the Contest.

The Organizer reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any Applicant who tampers or attempts to tamper with the entry process or the operation of the Contest or violates these Terms. The Organizer has the right, in its sole discretion, to maintain the integrity of the Contest. Any attempt by an Applicant to deliberately damage or undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest may be a violation of criminal and civil laws. Should such attempt be made, the Organizer reserves the right to seek damages to the fullest extent permitted by law.

Article 8 — Limitation of Liability

By applying, the Applicant agrees to release and hold harmless the Organizer and its subsidiaries, affiliates, advertising and promotion agencies, partners, representatives, agents, successors, assigns, employees, officers, and directors from any liability, illness, injury, death, loss, litigation, claim, or damage that may occur, directly or indirectly, whether caused by negligence or not, from: (i) the Applicant’s participation in the Contest and/or its acceptance, possession, use, or misuse of the Award or; (ii) technical failures of any kind, including but not limited to the malfunction of any computer, cable, network, hardware, or software, or other mechanical equipment; (iii) the unavailability or inaccessibility of any transmissions, telephone, or Internet service; (iv) unauthorized human intervention in any part of the entry process or the promotion.

Article 9 — Miscellaneous

Assignment. The Organizer may, at its sole discretion, assign any of its rights and/or delegate its duties (including, but not limited any and all intellectual property rights for all the intellectual property rights objects created during or referring to the Online Forum) to any third party at any time. You may not assign Your rights or delegate Your duties as the Company, and any assignment or delegation without the previous written consent of the Organizer shall be null and void.

Communication and Notices. Any communication concerning the implementation of these Terms and/or violation should be conducted only via Your email and through the Organizer’s contact form on the Website. Your official email for communication shall be deemed the email specified by You during the account registration process. The one and only language of the communication shall be English. The Organizer may provide any notice to You under these Terms by: (i) posting a notice on the Website; or (ii) sending an email to the email address then associated with Your account. Notices the Organizer provides by posting on the Website will be effective upon posting and notices the Organizer provides by email will be effective when such email is sent. It is Your responsibility to keep Your email address up to date. You will be deemed to have received any email sent to the email address then associated with Your account when the Organizer sends such email, whether or not You actually receive or read the email.

Applicable Law. All questions concerning the construction, validity, enforcement and interpretation of these Terms shall be governed by and construed and enforced in accordance with the laws of the United Arab Emirates. To resolve any dispute, controversy or claim between them arising out of or relating to these Terms, or the breach thereof, the Parties agree first to negotiate in good faith for a period of not less than sixty (60) days following written notification of such controversy or claim to the other Party. If the negotiations do not resolve the dispute, controversy or claim to the reasonable satisfaction of all Parties during such period, then the Parties irrevocably and unconditionally submit the respective claim to the binding arbitration with the Rules of Arbitration of International Chamber of Commerce. The claim is to be reviewed by one or more arbitrators appointed in accordance with the said rules. Except for any disputes, claims, suits, actions, causes of action, demands or proceedings in which either Party seeks injunctive or other equitable relief for the alleged unlawful use of intellectual property, including, without limitation, copyrights, trademarks, trade names, logos, trade secrets or patents, You and the Organizer (a) waive Your and Company’s respective rights to have any and all disputes arising from or related to these Terms resolved in a court, and (b) waive Your and Organizer’s respective rights to a jury trial. The substantive law shall be the Applicable Law (including all other operating rules, policies, and procedures that may be issued by the Organizer and published from time to time on the Website), without regard to conflict of law rules or principles. The language of the arbitration shall be English.

Nothing contained in the Terms shall limit our right to bring enforcement proceedings in another jurisdiction or to seek interim, protective or provisional relief in the courts of another jurisdiction.

Force Majeure Events. The Organizer shall not be liable for any loss or damage arising from any event beyond its reasonable control, including but not limited to flood, extraordinary weather conditions, earthquake, or other act of God, fire, war, insurrection, riot, labor dispute, accident, actions of government, communications, power failure, or equipment or software malfunction or any other cause beyond its reasonable control (each, a “Force Majeure Event”).

Updates. The Organizer reserves the right to update the Terms at any time. All updates will be posted on the Website.