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About Us

An Introduction

startAD is an Abu Dhabi-based accelerator, steering local and global startups to scale in the UAE and beyond.

Powered by Tamkeen, an Abu Dhabi government owned company, and anchored at NYU Abu Dhabi, 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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StartAD Impact Report

We are proud of our impact to date, directly contributing to the UAE economy through new business development, job creation, and homegrown innovation.

Download our impact report to see how much of a difference we’ve made!




StartAD Spaces

startAD Central

An open, collaborative, and multifunctional space

Al Warsha

Our state of the art prototyping and learning lab. Open to all UAE residents.

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Meet the team

Designers and builders of startup ecosystems

Abhyudaya Goyal

Innovation Program Lead

Adnan Dekedek

Program Coordinator

Aneesha Mamtora

Business Support Manager

Jehan Al khateeb

Digital Marketing Coordinator

Mohammed Almamar

Innovation Program Lead

Qamar Rabah

Administrative Assistant

Sabira Huda

Program Coordinator

Tina Kamel

Program Assistant

Koel Banerjee

Sr. Marketing and Communications Specialist

Georgia O’Hagan

Operations Manager

Nihal Shaikh

Assistant Director - Marketing and Communications

Hana Barakat

Senior Associate Director

Ramesh Jagannathan

Managing Director and NYUAD Vice Provost for Innovation

Meet startAD’s Alumni

Visit our Alumni Webpage