Last chance! startAD's NextGen Incubator closes submissions soon

Last chance! startAD's NextGen Incubator closes submissions soon 

By: Abu Dhabi SME Hub

The deadline for startAD's NextGen Incubator has been extended to May 22, 2021. 

Are you a young entrepreneur looking to build your digital and business skills over the summer?

Or do you know a university student brimming with ideas and want to help them get their idea off the ground to a viable, scalable business?

We have good news for you! The deadline for startAD's NextGen Incubator has been extended to May 22, 2021. 

What is the NextGen Incubator?

The startAD NextGen Incubator is the 4th edition of the flagship Youth Entrepreneurship Program of startAD. This virtual 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 is for 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.

The startAD NextGen Incubator is a 2-month incubation program for university students of UAE in which the accepted participants will be equipped to develop entrepreneurial projects that have the potential to become startups.

The program will comprise of a highly customized training and mentorship process focused on an array of topics including design thinking & ideation, prototyping, and building the entrepreneurial persona. Participants will benefit from an added value of working with a personal mentor to catalyze their entrepreneurial project to be market-ready. Finally, participants will have the opportunity to pitch in front of a panel of judges and a public audience at the Startup Showcase Day.

Market-ready projects will also benefit from introductions with program partners including Etihad, GGGI and Sandooq Al Watan.

Potential candidates profile:

  • Students of universities in the UAE
  • Any nationality
  • Between the ages of 18-25
  • With a startup idea or project aiming to digitize the challenge areas
  • Teams are preferred over individual applicants

Why Apply?

  • $5000 GGGI award to top 3 teams
  • $10,000 ‘National Impact Award’ from Sandooq Al Watan for the top team founded by a UAE National
  • Return business class tickets for the entire winning team (up to 3 members) on the Etihad Greenliner (to any destination served on the Etihad network with the Greenliner)
  • A chance to pilot live on the Etihad Eco flights.

Even if you won't make it in time, you can still attend the event virtually to learn about the participating startups.

You can find more details here.

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