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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.

STARTAD alumni

Meet the team

Designers and builders of startup ecosystems

Program Specialist: Startup program trainer with 5+ years of experience in accelerating entrepreneurs

Administrative Assistant: Experienced professional with a background in recruiting, finance, research, and project administration

Administrative Coordinator: Student programming & community engagement professional with 4+ years of experience

Operations Manager: Experienced professional with a background in outreach events, educational programming, administrative operations and reporting

Innovation Engineer & Venture Analyst: Hands-on innovation expert supporting special projects and managing startAD’s prototyping lab

Marketing and Communications Manager: Seasoned communications strategist with 10+ years of experience in building brands and communities

Assistant Director: Experienced startup acceleration expert with a special focus on research commercialization

Director: Experienced in designing and executing over 50 innovation and entrepreneurship programs

Managing Director and NYUAD Vice Provost for Innovation: Entrepreneurial technologist with 30+ years of Corporate Innovation experience