The startAD Corporate Sprint Accelerator is a corporate innovation program and a market access accelerator for global startups aimed at bringing cutting-edge technology innovation to the UAE.
It offers tangible growth opportunities, access to strong networks, and validates global tech startups for entry into the UAE market through pilot projects with leading industry players in the region. The Corporate Sprint Accelerator also upskills regional corporate leaders in building collaboration with global startups and implementing innovative and sustainable technologies through pilot projects.
Since its inception in September 2017, the startAD CSA has accelerated more than 120 startups, resulting in 60 pilots and $80 m in funding raised.
Corporate Sprint Accelerator 8 (CSA 8)
The 8th edition of startAD’s Corporate Sprint Accelerator, in partnership with Ripple’s University Blockchain Research Institute, is a 4-week virtual accelerator for seed-stage fintech startups looking to enter in the UAE market.
The accelerator immerses startups in robust local customer discovery and validation activities through a combination of training, mentorship, 1-1 partner meetings, and investor pitches. Within 4 weeks, global seed stage startups are equipped to pilot solutions with industry leaders, while corporates are enabled to innovate with startups disrupting their core businesses.
The fast-paced program will include two key phases:
- Pre-program phase (10 weeks): Startup recruitment, interviews and assessment.
- On-program phase (4 weeks): Training, coaching, expert panel sessions, corporate startup meetings and mentoring of 8-10 global fintech startups
The program will culminate in a high-calibre market access day and an investor demo day on November 25th, 2021 in which the participating startups will have the opportunity to pitch to regional industry leaders and investors for business and investment opportunities.