Our participating Accelerator and Incubator programmes empower and support the growth and success of an early-stage startup by giving them access to resources and opportunities that those young companies otherwise wouldn’t necessarily have.

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Hub 71 is a global tech ecosystem in the heart of Abu Dhabi, enabling startups to grow. As part of the government’s efforts to diversity the economy, Hub71 is a key driver of the Ghadan 21 program and the catalyst to Abu Dhabi’s digital transformation. Backed by a robust network of strategic partners, we pride ourselves with a unique competitive advantage to support startups wanting to scale from Abu Dhabi to the world

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StartAD is an Abu Dhabi-based global accelerator steering seed-stage technology startups to launch, develop, and scale their ventures.
Anchored at NYU Abu Dhabi and powered by Tamkeen, an Abu Dhabi government owned company, the accelerator equips startups to pilot solutions with industry leaders, while enabling corporates to innovate with startups disrupting their core businesses.

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Plug and Play Abu Dhabi powered by Abu Dhabi Investment Office is the ultimate innovation platform in the Middle East uniting startups with the unrivaled tech expertise of Silicon Valley and major corporations for a changing world. Their three programmes are into Fintech, Healthcare, and Industry 4.0. They help World-leading corporations, looking to stay at the forefront of innovation in their industry.

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Flat6Labs is a prominent seed and early-stage venture capital firm, running numerous startup programs across the MENA region. Annually, Flat6Labs invests in more than 100 innovative and technology-driven startups, enabling thousands of passionate entrepreneurs to achieve their daring ambitions and ultimately becoming their institutional co-founders. Flat6Labs manages a number of seed funds with a total asset under management in excess of $85 million

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C3 is a UAE-based social enterprise, founded in 2012, helping entrepreneurs in the Middle East, Africa, and Turkey to unlock their growth potential and maximize their impact on the community. C3 develops tailored flagship programs and off-the-shelf modules for advanced and early-stage companies as well as aspiring entrepreneurs to accelerate growth and impact with the support of experienced professionals and impact investors.

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Established by the Department of Community Development in February 2019, the Authority of Social Contribution – Ma’an brings together the government, private sector, and civil society together to help drive social innovation and build a culture of social contribution and participation while aiming to strengthen Abu Dhabi’s position as one of the best global destinations to work and live in.

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Created in May 2020 to strengthen Abu Dhabi and the broader UAE’s position as a research and development hub for technology and innovation, the Advanced Technology Research Council (ATRC) shapes research and development for transformative technology outcomes. ATRC is responsible for defining Abu Dhabi’s research strategy across academia and industry, consolidating funds for efficient investment, and driving policy and regulation for agile decision-making.

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Founded in 1988, the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) is the UAE’s largest applied higher educational institution, and the nation’s first approved university economic free zone, empowering it to graduate companies in alignment with the directives of the UAE’s wise leadership. The HCT InnCuVation Spaces, inaugurated in March 2019, are high-tech innovation and entrepreneurial incubators.

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The Khalifa Innovation Center (KIC) is a deep-tech incubator, running tailored incubation and scale-up educational and mentorship programs and activities to provide participants with the necessary innovation and entrepreneurial skills to accelerate transformation of locally-created science and engineering discoveries from laboratory to market. KIC aims to support entrepreneurs across their journey, by: providing entrepreneurship & mentorship training programs.

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The United Arab Emirates University's Science and Innovation Park (UAEU-SIP) was launched in November 2016 with the aim to become a global hub for innovation and entrepreneurship and ensure the UAE's smooth transition into a knowledge economy. The UAEU-SIP is an ecosystem for innovation that offers programs using a design thinking approach that leads to translating academic knowledge and scientific research into commercially viable applications

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Stratecis is an Abu Dhabi-based company founded in 2018. Alongside its partners, it is specialized in designing and co-creating innovation marketplaces, specialist content, entrepreneurial initiatives, and experiences, to bring the ecosystem together and connect youth entrepreneurs, young talents and early-stage businesses in sustainability with resources being knowledge, business opportunities, capital, and market access.

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InnovaMENA is a UAE-based innovation enabler that aims to unleash the potential of MENA’s entrepreneurs and startups to create a better future for next generations. It supports startups in meeting global challenges by providing tailor-made programs for every stage of the entrepreneurial journey, in addition to access to funding and innovaMENA’s ever-growing network.

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