Abu Dhabi: startAD, the accelerator and entrepreneurship hub anchored at NYU Abu Dhabi, established in collaboration with Tamkeen, has issued a final call out for applications for its inaugural Artificial Intelligence (AI) Venture Launchpad. Teams can apply through startAD’s website; applications close on August 30.

Open to seed stage AI and Internet of Things (IoT) startups from the UAE and around the world, the AI Venture Launchpad is a 10-day sprint accelerator that helps participants develop a scalable, repeatable, and capital efficient venture. Teams disrupting industries in financial technology (FinTech), insurance technology (InsurTech), regulatory technology (RegTech), airport operations, predictive maintenance, fuel efficiency, and enterprise solutions through AI with Natural Language Processing (NLP), Machine Learning, Predictive Analytics, Search, and Data Analytics are encouraged to apply.

Launching on September 30, this sprint accelerator is an opportunity for global startups to enter the UAE market and attract potential investments from key players in the region. The program is held in partnership with Etihad Aviation Group, a diversified global aviation and travel group comprising of five business divisions – Etihad Airways, Etihad Airways Engineering, Etihad Airport Services, Hala Group and Airline Equity Partners; UAE Exchange, the leading global Money Transfer, Foreign Exchange and payment solutions brand; and Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM), the International Financial Centre in Abu Dhabi.

The AI Venture Launchpad will feature a series of training and mentorship sessions, investor roundtables, pitches, interviews, local customer discovery, and validation activities. Startups will also receive training on how to develop robust go-to-market strategies. Selected teams will be required to attend the full duration of the accelerator.


About startAD

startAD is an accelerator and entrepreneurship hub anchored at NYU Abu Dhabi that supports early-stage local and global startups looking to launch or scale in the UAE. In collaboration with Tamkeen, an Abu Dhabi Government-owned company, startAD seeks to strengthen the entrepreneurial ecosystem in the UAE and build capacity for startups, angel investors, and the wider community through its core programs and entrepreneurship initiatives.  

Since its launch in 2016, startAD has delivered more than 100  programs attended by over 3,000 aspiring entrepreneurs in the UAE. In addition, 80 startups have graduated from startAD’s unique Venture Launchpad sprint accelerator, raising more than $3 million in investments and grants.

For more information, please visit: www.startad.ae

About Tamkeen

Tamkeen is an Abu Dhabi Government-owned company that delivers projects to meet the Government of Abu Dhabi’s vision of knowledge-based development. This is achieved by collaborating with a variety of local and international institutions to enrich the Emirate’s social, cultural and educational infrastructure in line with the Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030.

About NYU Abu Dhabi

NYU Abu Dhabi is the first comprehensive liberal arts and science campus in the Middle East to be operated abroad by a major American research university. NYU Abu Dhabi has integrated a highly-selective liberal arts, engineering and science curriculum with a world center for advanced research and scholarship enabling its students to succeed in an increasingly interdependent world and advance cooperation and progress on humanity’s shared challenges. NYU Abu Dhabi’s high-achieving students have come from 115 nations and speak over 115 languages. Together, NYU’s campuses in New York, Abu Dhabi, and Shanghai form the backbone of a unique global university, giving faculty and students opportunities to experience varied learning environments and immersion in other cultures at one or more of the numerous study-abroad sites NYU maintains on six continents.

© Press Release 2018


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