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 the 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.