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www.atrc.ae/

ABOUT THE ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH COUNCIL (ATRC)

 

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. Bringing together cross-disciplinary leaders in research and technology, ATRC cultivates a collaborative research community through nurturing local talent and attracting global talent; and accelerating innovation and discovery through seven initial centres of research under its applied research pillar, Technology Innovation Institute (TII).

Today, ATRC and its entities counts a total of over 300 employees, including local and international researchers, scientists, and engineers at research centres in the fields of quantum, autonomous robotics, cryptography, advanced materials, digital security, directed energy and secure systems, developing innovative products such as the National Crypto Library, the UAE’s first quantum computer, and a Post-Quantum Crypto (PQC) library.

ATRC fosters a culture of inquiry by partnering with local pioneers and internationally renowned organisations and universities, funding groundbreaking research, and launching grand challenges that address vital global issues through its technology project management pillar, ASPIRE.

By leading on breakthrough technologies, ATRC plays a strategic role in directing, funding and leading emerging fields of research and technology, while stimulating a knowledge-based economy that reinforces Abu Dhabi and the broader UAE’s position as a global innovation hub.

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ASPIRE

ASPIRE drives the creation of future transformative technologies as the technology programme management pillar of Abu Dhabi’s Advanced Technology Research Council (ATRC). ASPIRE works in consultation with cross-sector industry stakeholders, universities, and research institutes to frame problem statements. It launches grand challenges and international competitions to solve some of the world’s most pressing issues.

 

ASPIRE also focuses on commissioning research that leads to pioneering advances and future transformative technologies. It works in close consultation with researchers, innovators, and cross-sector industry stakeholders from all levels of the local and international R&D ecosystem to ensure research projects have a clear path to successful application.

 

ASPIRE’s current focus is on challenges in the fields of healthcare; sustainability, environment & energy; food & agriculture; aerospace & space; safety & security; and transport. It is currently partnering with U.S.-based non-profit organisation XPRIZE on “XPRIZE Feed the Next Billion”, an international competition that aims to revolutionise the global food supply chain and its impact on communities around the world.

 

The competition seeks to find innovative ways to provide sufficient and nutritious food to feed the next billion people on our planet, through a four-year US$15 million competition that challenges teams of global innovators to develop chicken and fish alternatives.

 

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Technology Innovation Institute

Launched in November 2020, the Technology Innovation Institute (TII) is the dedicated ‘applied research’ pillar of Abu Dhabi’s Advanced Technology Research Council (ATRC). It is a pioneering global research and development institute that focuses on applied research and new-age technology capabilities.

 

TII has seven initial dedicated research centres in quantum, autonomous robotics, cryptography, advanced materials, digital security, directed energy and secure systems. By working with exceptional global talent, universities, research institutions and industry partners, the Institute connects an intellectual community and contributes to building an R&D ecosystem in the UAE. TII has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Virgin Hyperloop for a research and development partnership to advance future transport and logistics.

 

TII has also signed an MoU with Mohamed Bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence (MBZUAI) to form a strategic collaboration to establish a collaborative framework to enable joint fundamental and applied research in AI. Such partnerships will bolster the local R&D ecosystem in the UAE.

 

TII is currently working on more than 31 long-term collaborative research projects in partnership with 23 world-leading universities and research centres in the United States, United Kingdom, Europe, and South America, with the most recent collaborations involving Yale University, Purdue University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Tampere University, and University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI).

 

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NexTech

NexTech is an ATRC-led programme that aims to nurture talent and encourage UAE youth to explore careers in advanced technology in line with the Abu Dhabi’s ongoing investment in knowledge development. ATRC is executing three core initiatives to empower UAE national talent under the NexTech programme, including:

 

1. Outreach and engagement drive in partnership with the Ministry of Education, the Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK), and local universities, to inspire UAE national youth in the domains of science and advanced technology and to ensure a pipeline of aspiring next generation talent.

 

2. Established a rigorous talent scouting initiative, where exceptional talent will be fast-tracked or supported into an R&D career path to push the boundaries of advanced technology exploration. Shortlisted candidates will then undergo assessment and a highly competitive selection process. Selected candidates will be hired by the Technology Innovation Institute (TII), ATRC’s applied research pillar.

 

3. Created an empowerment initiative, where selected talent is directed towards TII’s proprietary or collaborative research projects. More than 45 UAE nationals have been selected to join the programme, the first of a total of 125 in the initial phase. They are working across collaborative projects in partnership with world-leading universities and research centres. 

 

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www.hct.ac.ae

ABOUT THE HIGHER COLLEGES OF TECHNOLOGY (HCT)

 

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 (in Dubai, Ras Al Khaimah, Sharjah and soon Abu Dhabi), inaugurated in March 2019, are high-tech innovation and entrepreneurial incubators supporting students and faculty in undertaking innovative and entrepreneurial ventures. The name “InnCuVation Space” itself expresses the breadth of activities that take place in such centers - Innovation, Incubation, and Venturing. The HCT InnCuVation Spaces provide few essential areas of support to startups: design & media; programming & computing; intelligence augmentation; fabrication; co-working space and office & lab/workshop space.

Most recently, the InnCuVation Spaces’ capabilities have been strengthened, with a “hub-and-spoke” model being developed to expand the range of services. Office and co-working spaces will be provided to startups at the 14 HCT campuses. A centralized “Fablab”, providing 3D printing/CNC, fast prototyping, electronics and media production, will support across the HCT campuses through the existing InnCuVation Spaces.

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HCT Startup Development Program

In November 2019, the HCT Startup Development Program was launched and, to date, fifteen Inspire & Ideate workshops, eight 3-day Startup Bootcamps, one 8-week Startup Accelerator cycle and intensive support workshops have enabled 98 startups, involving more than 400 students, to be established. In the space of a few months, more than 20 startups have acquired a trade license. The startups cover a range of sectors such as autonomous delivery systems, online marketplaces, smart home services, cyber-security, agri-tech, 3D-printed healthcare solutions, and professional services.

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Entrepreneurship Talks

An ongoing series of talks, fireside chats, founder stories and meetups with inspirational entrepreneurs and experts from the UAE and the region. These sessions take place on a monthly basis and will rotate across all HCT campuses or held online as the case may be. Up to 100 attendees per session.

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Inspire & Ideate Workshops

One-day program taking participants through the basics of what makes good ideas succeed and helps them to structure a startup concept. The workshop prepares participants with the fundamental knowledge and pre-validation necessary for their qualification to the Bootcamps. Up to 100 participants per workshop.

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Startup Bootcamps

Three-day validation Bootcamps provide participating teams an intensive program with hands-on validation and customer discovery activities leading to product-market fit and early business model definition. The Bootcamps also initiate participants to the fundamentals of financial modeling, team building and pitching. Up to 12 teams per Bootcamp.

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Startup Accelerator

Two cohorts of 10 startups per year: teams that graduate from the Bootcamps will pitch for admission to the Accelerator program, a 10-week part-time program which will help participating teams through the entire journey of user discovery, product-market fit, business model validation, early traction generation, iteration, and fundraising/pitching fundamentals. Up to 12 teams per cycle.

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www.khalifainnovation.ae/

ABOUT THE KHALIFA INNOVATION CENTER

 

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 (bootcamp, incubation & acceleration); supporting with business model validation; reviewing intellectual property; allocating office space; developing prototypes & proof of concept; and organizing investment & pitching events.

To date, out of a total 189 Applications, 14 projects were selected for the bootcamp programs and joined KIC’s incubation program, and 3 startups are undertaking the acceleration program.

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KIC Bootcamp

The Bootcamp is a KIC proprietary program designed with the understanding of how science- and engineering-driven ideas can be transformed into successful startups and products in the Abu Dhabi and UAE innovation ecosystem.

 

When leaving the bootcamp, participants can explore different commercialization paths and options, such as market needs, prototype performance specifications, product competitiveness, to validate as entrepreneurs, how best to take forward their ideas through the startup creation process. Anyone can participate as long as their idea is based on scientific or engineering concept (deep tech) and they are residing in the UAE.

 

For more information: 

https://www.khalifainnovation.ae/events

 

 

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Incubation

The Incubation Program is ideally suited to those that passed and have been selected through the KIC Bootcamp. It is targeted for ideas and projects or startups that have shown validated business models and clear go-to-market milestones and financial projections.

 

The program is designed on the basis of mentorship and it also includes educational sessions to support entrepreneurs with skills in pitching, market assessment, product testing, negotiation skills, legal support, office space allocation and prototype development as well as customer engagement.

 

Also, in partnership with DED, the KIC is capable through this program, and based on certain diligence criteria, to issue an innovation permit. This permit gives the startup the ability to go into direct engagement with customers and investors or partners.

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Scale-up Acceleration

The participants for this program must have at least progressed through the incubation program. Participant are initially expected to pitch to the KIC Investment Committee. If approved, the startup receives initial fund based on agreed milestones. The startup will benefit from the support that can be provided by KIC in terms of office space allocation, access to partners, laboratories and other resources such as intellectual property and other legal support.

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uaeusip.uaeu.ac.ae/

ABOUT UAE UNIVERSITY – SIP SCIENCE & INNOVATION PARK

 

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. Moreover, the Park has recently announced the establishment of a hub of design thinking called 'The HPI Middle East Hub of Design Thinking', with the aim to become the first design thinking school (D-School) in the region, in partnership with the Hasso Plattner Institute Academy (HPIA).

The Science and Innovation Park is spearheading the UAEU pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai to pioneer a new role of education by offering a new model of higher education that is currently incubated in the UAEU-SIP, which aims at graduating job creators instead of job seekers. The Curriculum of the Future, which was designed using Design Thinking, is currently piloted through the ‘Pathfinders Program 1.0’, a pre-pilot of the ’University of the Future’- and will continue to be tested during Expo 2020.

The UAEU-SIP facilities exclusively include the Innovation Hub powered by Google, Expo Hub and private designated offices for tenants where the community can meet to co-create, discuss, and innovate.

The UAEU-SIP steadily grew and afforded the startups with securing funding from both national and international organizations. Not before long, the startups based in the UAEU-SIP won grant prizes including a trip to Silicon Valley, grants from ICT fund – Seeds for the Future Competition, and AjmanX Competition.

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COVID-19 Response Accelerator

The first program of its kind to run as part of the university’s Industry Liaison Program, the initiative was meant as an opportunity for SEHA (Abu Dhabi Health Services) to submit the challenges faced by healthcare professionals and their patients at the peak of the pandemic, to co-create solutions to improve UAE’s response to the COVID-19 type of pandemics.

 

Eighty-two innovators including SEHA company professionals, mentors, technology providers, researchers, and students came together for the first Accelerator Bootcamp. The tech transfer program utilized design thinking, research, and accelerator bootcamps to find solutions that could be transformed into high-impact innovations for the challenges submitted.

 

Players of the quadruple innovation helix framework (business, community, government, and academia) worked on the challenges to ensure comprehensive inclusive solutions. The innovators developed 5 pilot-ready solutions at the end of the accelerator bootcamp.

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UAEU Science and Innovation Park “Coronavirus Awareness Contest”

The UAEU-SIP organized the “Coronavirus Awareness Contest” which virtually gathered 20 participants, students, faculty and staff from different countries and backgrounds, to collaborate and co-create various media products to raise awareness on the pandemic and best practices to prevent the spread of the virus.

 

Multiple Design Thinking workshops were offered, and participants identified solutions to address the challenges faced by a hypothetical character (Amal) created by the contest facilitators. The participants were split into teams based on the nature of products they would like to produce to address Amal’s challenges. After having been given tools to help them prototype their products, participants were trained to test and iterate their prototypes to include user feedback.

 

In conclusion, participants successfully delivered nine awareness products based on COVID-19, including videos, posters, apps, and a website. All products were finally pitched to the Judges for evaluation, and selected products are being published on the UAEU-SIP’s social media channels as well as the university’s partner channels.

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UAEU-SIP Tenancy program

The UAEU Science and Innovation Park has developed a multifaceted value proposition that reflects an interwoven strategy to ensure competitiveness for its tenants, partners and other key players in its ecosystem.

 

It leverages UAEU and the SIP’s economic, physical and networking assets to (1) stimulate and manage the flow of knowledge and technology and support the cross-fertilization of capabilities developed within the university’s ecosystem for innovation, (2) provide value-added services, (3) give access to high-quality spaces, facilities, IT services, intellectual resources and equipment, and (4) provide seed funding.

 

The packages of services are tailored to be offered to tenants ranging from students who are curious about entrepreneurship; Potential entrepreneurs who have ideas but not yet a proof of concept; Emerging startups without traction, and still in the phase of business model refinement and product testing; Nascent businesses (startups with traction); New businesses (scale-ups) and Established businesses.

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www.stratecis.com/

ABOUT STRATECIS

 

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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Youth4Sustainability Platform

Owned by Masdar. Appointed since 2019 as a strategic consultant, Stratecis serves as the content co-producer and partnership co-management for Masdar’s year-long youth empowerment program Youth4Sustainability Platform, under the patronage of HH Shaikh Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed.

 

The platform aims to empower youth to become the next generation of sustainability leaders through blended year-long initiatives, forums, learning and hands-on experiences in future skills, innovation, entrepreneurship, and sustainability.

 

For more information: 

www.masdar.ae/en/strategic-platforms/youth-4-sustainability

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Impact Investment Forum (IIF) & Impact Pitch Day

Owned by Stratecis, launched in Jan 2021 and organised in collaboration with ADGM and MEVCA. The purpose of this forum is to create a platform to bring together local and international like-minded, socially responsible, and impact-driven policymakers, investors, family businesses and entrepreneurs to discuss the MENA region's opportunities in impact & ESG investing; and inspire the private sector to be more involved in investing in impact-driven startups to help accelerate MEA’s impact entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystem in ways that can change the landscape of investing and enable positive growth.

 

For more information: 

www.impactinvestforum.com/

 

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CovHack - Circular Food Economy Innovation Challenge

Owned by Stratecis. In collaboration with UN75, the UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development (KFED), Catalyst, Youth 4 Sustainability and STRATECIS, the challenge welcomed applications from agtech and foodtech startups, entrepreneurs, SMEs, young professionals, tech talent and individual innovators under two categories: early-stage startups and teams. The Demo Day was organised on July 20-21, 2020

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Innovate4Good (I4G) Sustainability Innovation Platform

Owned by Stratecis. Founded in 2019, in collaboration with Masdar, UAE Ministry of Climate Change & Abu Dhabi Digital Authority, Innovate4Good Innovation is a purpose-driven platform that aims at matching and connecting young entrepreneurs and youth with resources (capital, knowledge and business) to co-create a sustainable future.

 

For more information: 

https://www.i4good.com/

 

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CLIX – Climate Innovation Exchange

Owned by Masdar & Reed Exhibitions. Stratecis curated and managed Reed’s Climate Innovation Exchange (CLIX), part of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week that aims at matching sustainable entrepreneurs with investors to enable climate change solutions in three areas: air pollution, clean mobility and innovation in agriculture.

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FutureSkills2030 report

Owned by Masdar. Stratecis was commissioned to produce and manage ADSW’s Report which aims at identifying the youth skills needed to adapt to climate change and future of green jobs.

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Sustainable Finance Forum

Owned by ADGM. Stratecis co-designed and managed ADGM’s inaugural edition of Sustainable Finance Forum to help create a vibrant sustainable finance hub in the region.

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www.plugandplaytechcenter.com/abu-dhabi/

ABOUT PLUG AND PLAY ABU DHABI

 

Plug and Play is a global innovation platform headquartered in Silicon Valley. With the support of ADIO, it opened its GCC headquarters in Abu Dhabi. Plug and Play leverages accelerator programs, corporate innovation services, and its independent venture capital arm to make technological advancement progress faster than ever before.

Since its inception in 2006, Plug and Play’s programs have expanded worldwide to include a presence in over 30 locations globally, giving startups the necessary resources to find mentorship, funding and business development opportunities almost anywhere without cost or equity taken.

With the world’s largest tech startup/scale-up network and 450+ official corporate and government partners, Plug and Play has created a comprehensive, all-encompassing innovation ecosystem in over 18 industries. Startups from its independent venture capital arm have raised over $9 billion in funding, with over a dozen successful unicorn portfolio exits including Dropbox, PayPal, Guardant Health, Honey and Lending Club.

Plug and Play has accelerated 65 startups in Abu Dhabi through its accelerator programs. 86% of these startups have attained business, and 57% of these startups have now established in the UAE.

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Alliance to fight COVID-19 (AFC-19)

Throughout the pandemic, Plug and Play, Abu Dhabi and Department of Health Abu Dhabi provided a range of emergency response services, in addition to supporting the AFC-19 Members: Daman - National Health Insurance Company, Etihad Airways and Abu Dhabi Global Market. The "Alliance to fight COVID-19" accelerator program in 2020 brought some of the best regional and international startups to collaborate in the fight against the healthcare challenges.

 

During May 2020, the Department of Health-Abu Dhabi, National Health Insurance Company – Daman, The Authority of Social Contribution - Ma'an, Etihad Airways and seven large public and private Healthcare Providers (overseeing more than 90% of patient care in Abu Dhabi) combined their efforts with Plug and Play ADGM to form the "Alliance to fight COVID-19" ("AFC-19") to bring some of the best startups from across the globe to collaborate in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic across the region.

 

AFC-19 is part of the Abu Dhabi Health Tech Accelerator.

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Industry 4.0 Open Innovation Platform

Plug and Play announced a first-of-its-kind Industry 4.0 open innovation platform in Abu Dhabi, in partnership with the Abu Dhabi Investment Office (ADIO).

 

As part of the platform, key industry stakeholders and thought leaders from across Plug and Play Abu Dhabi's ecosystem will define tech challenges and innovation bottlenecks to be solved by startups as part of accelerator programmes and bespoke challenges. Plug and Play Abu Dhabi will also help to accelerate deployment of innovative pilots, tech integrations and new products.

 

Designed to boost Abu Dhabi’s industrial innovation capabilities and attract high-calibre tech startups to the emirate, the platform will seek to establish a stronger, unified marketplace and forum to foster collaboration and knowledge exchange across major industrial entities and exceptional technology startups, bringing real value and solutions in areas such as Supply Chain Management, Manufacturing, Storage, Telecommunications, Maintenance, Mobility, Logistics, Energy, Construction and Real Estate. 

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www.doh.gov.ae/en/

ABOUT HEALTH PLUG AND PLAY MENA – DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH (DOH)

 

Health Plug and Play MENA is the region’s first healthtech startup accelerator, a joint program between the Abu Dhabi Department of Health and Plug and Play Abu Dhabi.

The MENA HealthTech Accelerator (Health Plug and Play MENA) was launched in 2019, and the program launched its second cohort of startups this April. Through their first full program in 2020, “Alliance to Fight COVID-19” (AFC-19), Plug and Play and DOH provided selected innovators a soft-landing and accessible platform to explore collaborations with local hospitals, health insurers, and industry players to help them develop and scale their solutions.

The Department of Health is the healthcare regulator for the Emirate of Abu Dhabi but also proactively promotes innovation in HealthTech in Abu Dhabi through its HealthTechHub in HUB71. AFC-19 was also joined by non-healthcare partners like Etihad Airways and Ma’an.

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Alliance to Fight COVID-19

Through their first full program in 2020, “Alliance to Fight COVID-19” (AFC-19), Plug and Play and DOH contacted 120+ startups, evaluating 60+ startups, selecting 12 companies before successfully accelerating 8 of them. AFC-19 was also joined by non-healthcare partners like Etihad Airways and Ma’an.

 

In 2020, the first cohort of accelerated startups were supported to test and deploy cutting-edge technology solutions to support the community and address the COVID-19 challenges from telemedicine to e-triage, remote monitoring, and innovative diagnostics solutions.

 

The accelerator provided these selected innovators a soft-landing and accessible platform to explore collaborations with local hospitals, health insurers, and industry players to help them develop and scale their solutions.

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startad.ae/

ABOUT STARTAD

 

startAD is an Abu Dhabi-based accelerator advancing startups to scale and success in the UAE and beyond. Powered by Tamkeen LLC and anchored at NYU Abu Dhabi, startAD is a new model for innovation that creates customized and impact-driven programs in partnership with government, corporations, investors and others to further the UAE’s knowledge-based economy.

startAD offers unparalleled business advancement opportunities to local and global tech startups, SMEs, researchers and investors through an extensive range of programs, state-of-the-art facilities, and a strong global network. startAD drives innovation in multiple priority industries in the UAE, from finance to construction, and more.

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Academy for Women Entrepreneurs

Organized by the US Embassy Abu Dhabi and in partnership with startAD, AWE is a 6-month incubation program designed to empower women entrepreneurs to fulfill their economic potential and, in doing so, create conditions for increased stability, security, and prosperity for all.

 

The program supports UAE-founded women-owned businesses (SMEs) to focus on business resilience with a view to survive, thrive, and then grow in these new market conditions. The AWE UAE entrepreneurs, get a chance to refocus their ventures, re-explore their core value to customers, and rebuild their businesses to suit the new market conditions.

 

For more information: 

https://page.startad.ae/awe-program

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Manassah 2.0

Manassah was designed to seek out and kickstart the best retail business ideas from the UAE’s most ambitious entrepreneurs and global innovative Retail Tech solutions. Supported by ALDAR Properties and run by startAD, Manassah nurtures the exceptional entrepreneurial spirit thriving in the UAE, and partners with unique retail SMEs that elevate offerings at ALDAR’s developments.

 

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NextGen Incubator Program

The startAD NextGen Incubator, is the 4th edition of the flagship Youth Entrepreneurship Program of startAD. This program activates university students of the UAE to take advantage of the favorable entrepreneurial environment in the region, and equips them with future-ready social, digital, entrepreneurial and business skills that spark curiosity, enhance employability, and encourage innovation.

 

This program targets young innovators in the UAE passionate about developing tech-enabled solutions for some of the greatest global challenges outlined in UNDP’s Sustainable Development Goals - primarily Waste Management, Quality Education, Climate action and Good Health & Well-being.

 

For more information: 

https://page.startad.ae/nextgen-incubator

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Scale Up by ALDAR

The Aldar Scale Up program is a market access accelerator delivered by startAD. It helps global mature startups delivering the latest cutting-edge real estate technology to enter and grow in the GCC market, offering them a gateway to tangible growth opportunities and mentorship, and support for building strong networks.

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The Conscious Investor Fellowship

In 2020, startAD, VentureSouq, KAUST, Sheraa & Hub71 joined forces to launch the first pan-regional investor program focused on the impact space: The Conscious Investor Fellowship (CIF). The Fellowship nurtures the next generation of mission-driven investors from the GCC.

 

It culminated with the 6th annual Angel Rising Symposium, which convened global thought leaders and powered education and conversations on the future of the conscious investment sector and how it can power regional and global innovation.

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innovamena.com/

ABOUT INNOVAMENA

 

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.

Although innovaMENA was only recently launched, the team has been working in the UAE innovation ecosystem for over 5 years, and incubated many local and international startups. It created the first 6 Emirate space-tech startups with the UAE Space Agency and completed a 3-year global drone challenge culminating in drones developing commercial technology that was non-existent in the commercial market. It has brought international EdTech startups and supported them in their setup in the UAE and in receiving various funding and grants.

innovaMENA offers business incubation and acceleration programs; startup competitions and challenges; soft-landing programs; corporate innovation programs; startup ecosystem development programs; and entrepreneurship training programs.

InnovaMENA provides innovation and entrepreneurship awareness programs to local universities and governmental entities, empowering over 1000 university students through entrepreneurship awareness training since its start. It also helps governments and corporations to build sustainable startup ecosystems that accelerate the growth of their economies.

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F&B Innovation Lab

A unique first-of-its-kind program that helps F&B entrepreneurs transform their idea into a product through incubation and by partnering directly with manufacturers, supporting overall national food security initiatives.

 

For more information:

www.innovamena.com/open-programs/

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Social Innovation Lab

The Social Innovation Lab works with local community development organizations on fostering an innovative social community by creating unique programs for empowering the social structure at various levels (students, graduates, professionals, retirees).

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flat6labs.com/program/ignite/

ABOUT FLAT6LABS

 

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 assets under management in excess of $85 million. More than 25 leading institutions have invested into the Flat6Labs managed funds; believing in the asset class and Flat6Labs’ proven track record as the market leader. It provides a wide range of investment ticket sizes ranging from $50K to $500k.

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Flat6Labs Ignite

In 2021, Flat6Labs partnered with ADQ, one of MENA’s largest holding companies, for the launch of a seed and early stage funding opportunity for startups: the ‘Flat6Labs Ignite’ Program.

 

Flat6Labs Ignite offers cash-funding ($100k-150k), strategic mentorship, office-space, entrepreneurship-focused business training, subject matter one-to-one sessions and a multitude of perks and services provided by partner entities. Select startups are eligible for follow-on funding ($200k-500k).

 

For more information: 

 

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www.hub71.com/

ABOUT HUB 71

 

A flagship initiative of the Ghadan 21 accelerator program, Hub71 is Abu Dhabi’s global tech ecosystem, enabling founders to build globally enduring homegrown tech companies by providing access to global markets, a capital ecosystem, a global network of partners, and a vibrant community.

Backed by the government of Abu Dhabi and Mubadala Investment Company, Hub71 works alongside strategic partners Microsoft, Abu Dhabi Global Market and SoftBank’s Vision Fund, to create the optimal environment for tech startups from around the world seeking to build outstanding tech innovations, and scale globally. Hub71 is on a mission to introduce new minds and technologies to Abu Dhabi, finding new ways to build globally enduring technology companies and sustain the nation's continuous economic development.

Hub71 is a key cornerstone in the UAE’s strategy for the next 50 years, stimulating entrepreneurship, innovation, and accelerating the digital economy.

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HealthTech and EdTech startups for Covid-19 Relief

Amid the global pandemic, the Hub71 Selection Committee prioritized selecting HealthTech and EdTech startups to develop essential technologies that can support vital sectors heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Value Creation Program - The Outliers

Hub71’s Value Creation Program - The Outliers, gives startups and mSMEs the opportunity to work closely with major corporations, including Thales, Department of Health – Abu Dhabi, ADCB, Mashreq Bank, Mastercard and Etihad Airways - to solve important challenges they face. Through this program, Hub71 is facilitating market access for startups and mSMEs to leading private and public sector organizations in the UAE, while helping corporates broaden their digital capabilities to streamline processes, enhance their sectors and become more efficient.

 

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Corporate–Startup Partnership
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United Arab Emirates University’s Science and Innovation Park (UAEU SIP) and INSEAD Middle East Partnerships

Hub71’s partnerships with the United Arab Emirates University’s Science and Innovation Park (UAEU SIP) and INSEAD Middle East are designed to boost talent development in the UAE.

 

For more information: 

https://www.hub71.com/whats-happening/articles/press-releases/hub71-launches-new-academic-partnerships-and-initiatives-to-drive-tech-talent-that-enables-startups-and-nurtures-future-entrepreneurs/

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Etihad Airways Partnership

Hub71 forged a partnership with Etihad Airways to give its community access to the airline’s award-winning products and services, at special rates, enabling founders and entrepreneurs to export their innovative products and services to new markets.

 

For more information: 

https://www.hub71.com/en/programs/the-outliers-etihad-airways/

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Corporate–Startup Partnership

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www.emiratesangels.org/

ABOUT EMIRATES ANGELS

 

The Emirates Angels investors association is a non-profit association, socially registered under the Ministry of Social Development in the UAE, with the support from the Ministry of Economy.

Founded on the 25th February 2020, as a registered NGO in the United Arab Emirates (Registration# 200), the association’s objective is to accelerate the startup scene by forming a network of passionate and active investors that can contribute to the early investment stage in the region. It supports the local application of global best practices and methodologies in the field of angel investing, providing education for angel investors and startups, and connecting investors and startups in the region and beyond.

Emirates Angels more broadly seeks to educate investors, entrepreneurs on the fundamentals of startups, angel investing and VC by providing educational resources, coaching and mentorship programs. As a non-profit entity, the association does not invest in startups. Members (including the elite youth UAE national angel investors and expert board members) can however invest through a fund, side vehicle or individually as they please.

Emirates Angels aims to be the voice of angel investors to the government and to ecosystem partners: it brings up any issue that hinders the development of startups, lobbies on laws and regulations and communicates the importance of supporting early-stage startups.

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Business Directory

The Emirates Angel Investors Association has launched the Business Directory on their mobile app. The directory will include a list of tech startups, making it easier for angel investors to search for investment opportunities in these startups, while at the same time allowing these startups to reach angel investors.

 

The business directory is free for all startups in the United Arab Emirates, in support of the association for these startups and their participation in supporting the economy in the country. The mobile app can be downloaded from the Apple AppStoreGoogle PlayStore, and Huawei AppGallery.

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Equity Funding
Angel Investment

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www.khalifafund.ae/

ABOUT KHALIFA FUND FOR ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT (KFED)

 

The Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development (KFED) is an independent, not-for-profit development organisation of the Abu Dhabi Government. Khalifa Fund’s mandate is to develop and empower the culture of entrepreneurship, encourage innovation, and aid and support the UAE’s SME ecosystem.

The Khalifa Fund has provided this support to its beneficiaries in a multitude of ways, including: workshops, training, initiatives, and a variety of funding schemes.

KFED was founded in 2007 with a total capital of AED 300 million, which gradually increased to AED 1 billion in 2008, in order to meet the growing demand for the Fund’s services. In 2011, the Fund’s total capital was increased to AED 2 billion, and the Fund covered all of the UAE through a network of branches.

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e-Empower

In partnership with Amazon, noon, Akshaak, Etisalat and Microsoft, e-Empower is an initiative that aims to support and develop Abu Dhabi-based small and medium-sized enterprises by providing interactive eLearning content, online resources and preferential rates, that will help them thrive in the digital economy.

 

For more information:

www.adsmehub.ae/en/e-empower

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SME Rating

A digital classification system that provides a comprehensive overview of the logistics, operations and overall performance of SMEs. The SME Rating measures the SMEs through a key set of financial and operational evaluation criteria including financial and productivity management, business sustainability, and human resources.

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AI Mentor

A ground-breaking platform with a diverse range of digital tools and resources for entrepreneurs during the business planning phase, ‘AI Mentor’ supports businesses by thoroughly explaining how artificial intelligence can be successfully implemented to help drive business growth.

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Abu Dhabi SME Hub

Launched in 2021, the ‘Abu Dhabi SME Hub’ functions as a central resource of critical information for entrepreneurs and SMEs; all within one innovative and locally relevant platform. Through new resources such as these, as well as vast and varied support services, Khalifa Fund will continue to educate, empower and support the SME ecosystem in the UAE.

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Talent Development

COVID-19 Response

In line with COVID-19 countermeasures launched by the UAE and Abu Dhabi governments, the Khalifa Fund has committed itself to combating the pandemic by providing:

 

Financial Support
• Loan Instalment Deferrals: 3 months
• Loan Restructuring: Changes in loan and repayment period
• Loan Reallocation: Transfer of funds from one financial item to another

 

Non-Financial Support
• Negotiation with landlords to support rent payments
• Online training services, workshops and webinars
• Online business counselling
• Online group consultancy sessions
• Virtual business monitoring
• Directories to all federal and local government support incentives

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Loans

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ABOUT SANDOOQ AL WATAN

 

Sandooq Al Watan is a community initiative launched by a group of prominent Emirati businessmen that seeks to promote a sense of social cohesion in Emirati society. The initiative is in line with the UAE leadership’s vision of a sustainable future for the country and its citizens. It also reflects the private sector’s commitment to social responsibility and the positive role that Emirati businessmen and women play in supporting social development projects and plans.

The projects and initiatives of the Fund focus on vital sectors that directly impact the nation and its citizens. As such, the Fund supports four key areas: sponsoring talented individuals, providing professional guidance to develop young local talents, encouraging start-up commercial projects that have a social impact, and supporting applied research and innovations.

Sandooq Al Watan’s mission is to attract investments and community contributions in order to utilise them for the benefit of the Emirati society via diverse projects that serve strategic economic and social sectors.

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Emirati Innovator

Sandooq Al Watan launched the “Emirati Innovator” to empower and support Emirati innovators and tech entrepreneurs. The program helps transform their inventions into successful companies capable of competing on a local, regional, and global level. Within this initiative, Sandooq Al Watan has collaborated with multiple entities to support entrepreneurs and their startups, including 15 startups that were awarded pre-seed funding as well as other forms of non-financial support.

 

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Khalifa Innovation Center (KIC)

Sandooq Al Watan has partnered with strategic stakeholders to launch Khalifa Innovation Center (KIC) which runs incubation and accelerator programs. These programs provide participants with the necessary entrepreneurial skills and knowledge to push research discoveries from their labs into different markets. Currently the center is supporting 9 startups.

 

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www.adq.ae

ABOUT ADQ

 

Established in Abu Dhabi in 2018, ADQ is one of the region's largest holding companies with direct and indirect investments in more than 90 companies. Its portfolio of major enterprises span key sectors across Abu Dhabi's economy, including food and agriculture, aviation, financial services, healthcare, industries, logistics, media, real estate, tourism and hospitality, transport and utilities.

As a strategic partner of the Government, ADQ is committed to accelerating the transformation of the emirate into a globally competitive and knowledge-based economy. It is both an asset owner and investor in target sectors, locally and internationally, which align with Abu Dhabi leadership's vision.

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DisruptAD

DisruptAD aims to consolidate ADQ’s venture capital efforts under a unified platform.

 

DisruptAD’s activities will include investments in start-ups and venture capital funds, as well as the creation of new incubators and accelerators to support Abu Dhabi’s evolution as a global start-up destination and accelerate the development of its innovation ecosystem.

 

DisruptAD aims to support and nurture over 1,000 start-ups over the next five years to create a thriving local community of founders, fund managers, incubators and accelerators. This will cement Abu Dhabi’s position as a world-class technology hub where new ideas are born and transformative companies get created, maximizing value creation and delivering long-term economic benefits for the UAE.

 

Beyond the UAE, DisruptAD will target global innovators across other markets including the broader Middle East and North Africa region, India, China, South East Asia and the United States.

 

The platform will partner with companies and funds that can benefit from ADQ’s commitment to the development of clusters including Healthcare and Pharma, Food and Agriculture, Mobility and Logistics, and Energy and Utilities.

 

DisruptAD will also be responsible for the Alpha Wave Incubation (AWI) Fund, the AED 1.1 billion venture fund that focuses on Indian and South East Asian start-ups, and will manage the AED 535 million Ventures Fund, a flagship initiative of the Ghadan 21 programme.

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Venture Capital
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www.adgm.com/

ABOUT ABU DHABI GLOBAL MARKET

 

ADGM is Abu Dhabi’s International Financial Centre and the first jurisdiction in the region with direct application of English Common Law. The centre has developed attractive legal structures and initiatives to support market access, ease of doing business and business growth. Through ADGM, Tech startups and investors alike can notably benefit from robust and globally recognized legal and regulatory frameworks, with the additional benefits of full foreign ownership, capital expatriation and a 0% tax environment for all businesses across growth stages.

Since its launch in 2015, ADGM has grown a vibrant business and investment environment, including many firsts in the MENA region including the first-regional digital regulatory sandbox; first sector agnostic tech startup licence; and the first VC framework to the World's First Comprehensive Crypto-Asset Regulatory Framework, to name a few. ADGM’s sector agnostic tech-startup friendly licence enables entrepreneurs to set up and rapidly scale their businesses from Abu Dhabi through access to a thriving tech community, investors and strong network of government entities, corporates and leading industry partners supporting the growth of startups.

Today, ADGM is home to almost 3,000 companies across sectors, ranging from tech startups to large corporations and financial institutions. ADGM’s strategic partnership with Hub71 and ADIO has created a powerful value proposition for Abu Dhabi, offering progressive regulations, ease of doing business, access to capital, talent and market to support a thriving tech ecosystem of over 300 tech startups based out of ADGM.

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Tech Startup Licence

ADGM's Tech Startup License enables entrepreneurs to set up in the UAE quickly and easily. The licence is competitively priced and categorized in two stages; seed and emergent, providing founders with access to financial incentives, funding and the opportunity to join a thriving tech community at Hub71, which provides up to 100% subsidies on housing, office space and health insurance for up to 25 employees, for up to three years.

 

For more information:

https://www.adgm.com/setting-up/tech-startup/adgm-tech-startup-licence

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The FinTech Abu Dhabi (FinTech AD) Festival

ADGM launched FinTech AD in 2016 to provide a conducive collaborative platform for global thought leaders and policy makers, financial and technology institutions, founders and investors, academia and innovators to deep-dive into trending topics and business issues that will shape the digital economy of the future.

 

An ADGM flagship initiative, FinTech AD attracts thousands of the world’s foremost innovators, entrepreneurs and investors each year, and showcases the latest emerging talent in the FinTech space alongside a host of prominent government authorities, financial institutions and progressive organisations. 

 

For more information: 

https://www.adgm.com/initiatives/fintech-abu-dhabi 

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FinTech AD Innovation Challenge

The annual FinTech AD Innovation Challenge invites some of the world’s most disruptive emerging FinTech talent to address problem statements created in collaboration with UAE-based institutions (Corporate Champions).

 

Short-listed candidates then pitch their solutions to an audience of financial institutions, regulators, corporates and media in Start-up Battles on the Main Stage of FinTech Abu Dhabi.

 

In taking part in the Innovation Challenge, start-ups will have the opportunity to create long-term relationships with the Corporate Champions and will be invited to set up their base on Abu Dhabi’s Al Maryah Island.

 

For more information: 

 

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FinTech AD Awards

Showcasing and celebrating the very best in global FinTech innovation across ten inspirational categories in the MENA region, the prestigious FinTech AD Awards serve to highlight talent and celebrate the boldest ideas and initiatives driving the industry. Entries are judged by an expert panel of global FinTech luminaries and bolstered by corporate champions.

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FinTech 100

FinTech 100 showcases the world’s most exciting and innovative new FinTech businesses offering a unique networking opportunity to connect with potential partners. The platform provides opportunities to connect with government, corporate partners and investors to collaborate and unlock growth.

 

For more information:

https://www.adgm.com/initiatives/fintech-abu-dhabi/fintech100

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Digital Lab

The ADGM Digital Lab provides a virtual environment where Fintechs, financial institutions and a financial services regulator, represented by ADGM's FSRA, seamlessly connect and safely collaborate, experiment and develop innovative solutions creating new products and testing prototypes. The ADGM Digital Lab enables key industry stakeholders to identify and address shared challenges and provide solutions collectively.

 

For more information:

https://www.adgm.com/financial-services-regulatory-authority/fintech/digital-lab

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www.twofour54.com/en/

ABOUT TWOFOUR54

 

Named after the geographical coordinates of Abu Dhabi, twofour54 plays a central role in the sustainable development of Abu Dhabi’s media and entertainment industry, empowering a new generation of creative leaders. It enables Abu Dhabi to position itself as the region’s hub for content creation, media, entertainment, and gaming, by providing products and services to attract local, regional, and international businesses in these sectors to the Emirate. twofour54 views SMEs as the engine of creativity, job creation and innovation in media and provides hundreds of SME partners with the support they need to kick-start and scale-up their operations. 

twofour54 has also brought major Hollywood, Bollywood and local productions to Abu Dhabi, creating opportunities for freelancers, SMEs and the next generation of media talent. Its community includes more than 600 media businesses and 6000+ individuals, including Sky News Arabia, Image Nation Abu Dhabi, Unity Technologies, CNN, Fox, Flash Entertainment and M&C Saatchi, and an extensive pool of freelance professionals and aspiring talent. The freelancer community at twofour54 has grown to over 1000 creative professionals. Freelancers are supported through the twofour54 briefing room, which provides them with access to government projects and RFPs from the twofour54 business community.

Abu Dhabi’s media sector has seen significant growth over the last decade, and to accommodate this growth, twofour54 will be moving its community to the Yas Creative Hub, providing a new home for Abu Dhabi’s media and entertainment industry. It is a purpose-built 270,000 sqm, fully-integrated and connected campus that brings the creative community together and offers world-class production facilities, talent development initiatives and business support services.

twofour54 is part of ADQ, one of the region’s largest holding companies with a diverse portfolio of major enterprises spanning key sectors of Abu Dhabi’s non-oil economy.

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AD Gaming

As part of the AD Gaming initiative, SMEs working within the twofour54 Gaming Hub at Yas Creative Hub will have access to the tools they need to succeed including incentives such as the waiver of MZA license fees for companies and freelancers for the first 2 years of incorporation and mentorship and training provided by Unity Technologies, one of the biggest global names in game development.

 

For more information: 

www.adgaming.ae/en

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twofour54 Briefing Room

A place where freelancers and SMEs can access government projects and receive RFPs from the twofour54 business community.

 

For more information: 

www.twofour54.com/en/campaign/brief/

Gaming & esports Licenses

twofour54 offers over 57 dedicated licenses for gaming and esports companies and freelancers to set up business in Abu Dhabi.

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Entrepreneurship Scheme

The scheme is initially targeted at Emirati entrepreneurs, allowing them to obtain a license in the media zone without the need to rent office space. The company is and provided with two visas for staff and provided assistance in developing and growing its business.

 

 

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www.kizad.ae/

Located in the Al Taweela area between Abu Dhabi and Dubai, KIZAD offers a world-class transportation infrastructure including sea, air, road and rail networks.

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Masdar City operates as a special economic zone with a focus on clean technology and renewable energy, and is one of the world’s most sustainable urban communities.

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www.adafz.ae

ADAFZ is a comprehensive business park in the vicinity of Abu Dhabi International Airport, offering facilities and infrastructure such as commercial offices, plots of land for development, warehousing units and logistics services.

www.added.gov.ae/

ABOUT THE ABU DHABI DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT (ADDED)

 

The Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED) regulates the business sector and leads the economic agenda to achieve a knowledge-based, diversified and sustainable economic growth. It develops policies and initiatives, based on the latest research and statistical data from local, regional, and global indicators, to attain targeted growth across various sectors in line with Abu Dhabi’s Economic Vision 2030.

In close cooperation with regional and international partners, the Department develops strategic programs that will generate the envisioned paradigm shift of the local economy by integrating transparency and innovation and ensuring continuous exchange of knowledge. Ultimately, it fosters a competitive investment climate that benefits the Emirate’s ecosystem by adopting excellence in economic and administrative practices, employing the best human resources and using the latest global technology and expertise.

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Takamul

Launched in 2011, Takamul is a UAE innovation program to support inventors and promote innovation across the country. Takamul focuses on making UAE one of the most innovative countries in the world by promoting the innovation cycle, from the generation of ideas to the practical implementation of these ideas that support the country economically and socially.

 

The program support inventors from different categories and level, including individuals and corporates. Since its first launch, Takamul achieves an annual increasing number of registered patents, and spreads awareness on key aspects of innovation, particularly the legal aspects that protect the inventors’ Intellectual Property.

 

In addition, TAKAMUL as part of the Competitiveness Office of Abu Dhabi (COAD), involves creating and managing an outreach program to attract, evaluate and manage applications of the innovation services in DED through conducting info sessions, meetings, and participating in events and conferences. Takamul has supported 50 startups in their application process.

 

For more information: 

https://takamul.gov.ae/ or Takamul@ded.abudhabi.ae

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Innovation Support

Abu Dhabi Business Center

The Abu Dhabi Business Center (ADBC) was established in March 2013 to offer an effective and smart point of contact with governmental establishment, allowing investors and businessmen to obtain all approvals and services related to economic licensing.

 

ADBC works in coordination with all relevant authorities to offer smart, time-saving, and cost-effective procedures for granting licenses for economic activities. It has established and operates a world-class organisation that delivers the full range of business facilitation services to clients in an efficient manner, facilitating clients' access to information and providing practical support across the business cycle.

 

Refer to http://www.adbc.gov.ae/ for more information

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Governmental Services
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Industrial Development Bureau (IDB)

The Industrial Development Bureau (IDB) was established to develop and regulate the manufacturing sector in Abu Dhabi. The roles and responsibilities of the IDB include developing the overall Emirate manufacturing strategy and follow up on its implementation; developing policies for the manufacturing sector based on best practices; ensuring a competitive manufacturing environment in the emirate; issuing and renewing licenses allowing the industrial facility to operate in the emirate.

 

For more information: 

https://idb.added.gov.ae/

 

Contact IDB: info-IDB@ded.abudhabi.ae or IDBDGOffice@ded.abudhabi.ae

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Sharaka

Owned by the Abu Dhabi Government and managed by the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED), the Sharaka initiative was launched in July 2018 as part of the Abu Dhabi Government Accelerators Programme "Ghadan 21" to support and enhance the private sector’s development and the ease of doing business in Abu Dhabi.

 

The online government platform encourages cooperation with the private sector companies operating in the emirate by addressing their disputes with government entities over outstanding dues via a trusted communication mechanism based on transparency, responsiveness, and constructive dialogue.

 

To raise your challenges: 

https://sharaka.added.gov.ae/en/About-Sharaka/Form

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The Logistics and Trade Facilitation Sector

The Logistics and Trade Facilitation Sector (LTFS) was established in 2021 to build a sustainable future for Abu Dhabi by developing and improving trade facilitation in the Emirate. It aims to develop a multi-modal single trade platform (ATLP); improve trade facilitation competitiveness (time/cost); improve Abu Dhabi’s global rankings; create transparency in trade facilitation policy and processes; and improve local export capability and international outreach.

 

LTFS has worked with several companies to date to overcome their barriers and streamline their supply chains by bringing together the relevant government stakeholders to provide solutions.

 

Advanced Trade & Logistics Platform (ATLP)

Through the Advanced Trade & Logistics Platform ATLP, ADDED works on digitally facilitating trade through sea, land, air, industrial and free zones. Enabling transparency, predictability, simplified procedures and efficiency, contribute towards Abu Dhabi’s vision to be a leading global trade and logistics hub.

 

For more information: 

https://www.atlp.ae/

 

Abu Dhabi Export Gateway

Abu Dhabi Export Gateway offers a guide supporting companies in their business expansion and move towards global competition. Covering 100+ products, 13 sectors and 60 markets, it provides essential information on potential export markets including opportunities, trade statistics and rules and regulations.

 

For more information: 

http://www.abudhabiexporters.com/

 

Companies facing any challenges related to logistics and trade facilitation can contact: LTFS@ded.abudhabi.ae

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www.investinabudhabi.gov.ae

ABOUT THE ABU DHABI INVESTMENT OFFICE (ADIO)

 

The Abu Dhabi Investment Office (ADIO) is the government entity responsible for attracting and facilitating investment in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. It supports companies to achieve long-term, sustainable success in the emirate and across the region, facilitating their expansion and setting them up for regional growth opportunities.

With a comprehensive range of tailored services and incentives, ADIO enables opportunities for innovative investors and entrepreneurs. It connects companies to relevant stakeholders in Abu Dhabi’s innovation ecosystem, bringing together the right partnerships to help businesses of all sizes make the most of Abu Dhabi and identify the right opportunities.

Through its Investor Care services, ADIO manages the end-to-end investor journey, ensuring the seamless establishment of new legal entities, the mobilisation of employees and the efficient start of companies’ journeys in Abu Dhabi.

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Innovation Programme

Through ADIO's innovation program, ADIO provides financial and non-financial incentives to eligible companies in high-growth areas, including financial services, information and communications technology (ICT), health services and biopharma, tourism and AgTech, among others.

 

Financial incentives include rebates and grants to support investments in innovation. Non-financial incentives include assistance to access land, office space and other facilities; regulatory assistance including visas, select trial licences and more; and potential exemptions for select government fees and requirements.

 

ADIO has provided incentives to global innovators including AgTech firms like Pure Harvest, Madar Farms and AeroFarms, and ICT companies including Anghami and Bespin, helping them establish a local presence and supporting their regional expansion.

 

For more information: 

www.investinabudhabi.gov.ae/en/Our-Programmes/Innovation

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Investor Care Services

ADIO supports businesses of all sizes through its Investor Care services, assisting them with information on data, networks, licensing, real estate, visas, banking and more.

 

During COVID-19, ADIO’s team has continued to work remotely with investors looking to establish in or expand to Abu Dhabi, helping them navigate the landscape and understand the opportunities available to them in the emirate.

 

For more information: 

www.investinabudhabi.gov.ae/en/Our-Services

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Investment Incentives

Through incentive instruments, ADIO supports eligible businesses with innovation at the core to help ensure long-term, sustainable success in the market and across the region.

 

Financial incentives include rebates and grants to support investments in innovation. ADIO also works with ecosystem partners to provide equity investments and other incentives.

 

Non-financial incentives include assistance to access land, office space and other facilities; regulatory assistance including visas, select trial licences and more; and potential exemptions for select government fees and requirements.

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www.dgs.gov.ae/

ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT OF GOVERNMENT SUPPORT – ABU DHABI (DGS)

 

The Department of Government Support works closely with the government entities under its umbrella to implement initiatives and projects that fall within its main areas of competence, ensuring the fulfillment of its strategic objectives, priorities and core action plan. These can be summed up as follows:

 

  • Developing human capital through the development of an integrated, efficient, effective and competitively productive human resources system for the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.
  • Providing government services and solutions through the introduction of a specialized, proactive, integrated and secure digital government system, by adopting innovation, developing partnerships, instigating strategies, policies and standards, and upgrading the digital infrastructure to enhance the effectiveness of government performance.

  • Providing world-class training and professional development to all Abu Dhabi Government employees, based on international best practices in line with the priorities and requirements of Abu Dhabi.

  • Providing procurement services and solutions through the introduction of a reliable procurement system, providing the best value for cost, introducing integrated digital purchasing processes and supporting partnership-based procurement systems.

 

In line with the directives of the wise leadership in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi to stimulate economic growth and support MSMEs, a package of encouraging economic incentives in government procurement has been issued by the Depart- ment of Government Support as stipulated by Circular No. (6) for the year 2020 regarding economic incentives for MSMEs.

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Procurement Allocation for mSMEs

The government of Abu Dhabi allocated 15% of government procurement spending and annual contracts to micro-Small and Medium Enterprises (mSMEs) from 2020 onwards to drive growth for small businesses, in line with its economic stimulus package.

 

For more information: 

www.dgs.gov.ae/GovernmentProcurementOffice/Economic-Incentives-MSMEs

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Suspension of Bid Bonds

Suspension of bid bonds and exempting startups from performance guarantees for projects up to AED 50 million. This is applicable to mSMEs and Emirati entrepreneurs from 2020 onwards, and applicable to all other companies until the end of 2020. DGS is overseeing implementation through close coordination with all relevant government entities.

 

For more information: 

www.dgs.gov.ae/GovernmentProcurementOffice/Economic-Incentives-MSMEs

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Bank Guarantee Exemption

Exemption of mSMES from providing a bank guarantee to ensure a performance bond, provided that the ADGEs reserves 5% of the value of each invoice due for a period of 3 months after the final delivery.

 

For more information: 

www.dgs.gov.ae/GovernmentProcurementOffice/Economic-Incentives-MSMEs

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