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About startAD

Steering local and global startups to scale in the UAE and beyond

Accelerating UAE into an entrepreneurial economy

startAD programs equip global and regional startups from tech and non-tech industries with the tools, skills and frameworks to excel in the unique opportunity that the UAE market presents. We co-create impact-driven programs with government departments and corporate leaders to help further UAE’s transition into a knowledge-based economy.

Powered by its partner Tamkeen and anchored at NYU Abu Dhabi, startAD is a new model for entrepreneurship education and innovation.

Corporations Activated

26

Corporations Activated

Emirati Entrepreneurs Advanced

128

Emirati Entrepreneurs Advanced

Tech startups Accelerated

250

Tech startups Accelerated

Jobs Created

363+

Jobs Created

Learn more about startAD’s mission to further UAE’s global competitiveness, to contribute to capacity building for homegrown innovation and to strengthen entrepreneurship capabilities of universities, explore our brand deck.

Learn more about startAD’s mission to further UAE’s global competitiveness, to contribute to capacity building for homegrown innovation and to strengthen entrepreneurship capabilities of universities, explore our brand deck.

Aspiring entrepreneurs benefited

6000+

Aspiring entrepreneurs benefited

Investors engaged

650

Investors engaged

Pilot projects awarded

60+

Pilot projects awarded

Funding raised by startups

$117m

Funding raised by startups

Partners

startAD partners with corporations and government departments to ensure that the goals of every stage of their innovation and digital transformation journey are met.

startAD Spaces

startAD Central

An open, multifunctional, modular space that enables collaboration, fostering of communities and bringing together entrepreneurial serendipity.

An open, multifunctional, modular space that enables collaboration, fostering of communities and bringing together entrepreneurial serendipity.
Al Warsha is a space for creativity and innovation. The lab is open for people of all skill levels to come in and use the tools and equipment to build their own projects and seek any support they may need.

Al Warsha

Al Warsha is a space for creativity and innovation. The lab is open for people of all skill levels to come in and use the tools and equipment to build their own projects and seek any support they may need.

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