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About Us

An Introduction

startAD is an Abu Dhabi-based global accelerator steering seed-stage technology startups to launch, develop, and scale their ventures.

Anchored at NYU Abu Dhabi and powered by Tamkeen, an Abu Dhabi government owned company, the accelerator equips startups to pilot solutions with industry leaders, while enabling corporates to innovate with startups disrupting their core businesses.


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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STARTAD alumni

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Meet the team

Designers and builders of startup ecosystems

Adnan Dekedek

Program Coordinator

Sabira Huda

Program Coordinator

Tina Kamel

Administrative Assistant

Koel Banerjee

Sr. Marketing & Communications Specialist

Georgia O’Hagan

Operations Manager

Abdelrazak Al-Sharif

Assistant Director

Nihal Shaikh

Marketing and Communications Manager

Hana Barakat

Associate Director

Ramesh Jagannathan

Managing Director and NYUAD Vice Provost for Innovation

Open Positions

We're hiring! Join us in making a global impact.