Welcome to startAD @ New York University Abu Dhabi

startAD is a full stack entrepreneurial experience based in the UAE

3rd Annual Angel Rising Investor Education Symposium

Saturday, May 13 2017 at NYU Abu Dhabi

Organized by startAD and VentureSouq

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startAD Incubator

Applications Are Open!

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Digital & Business Literacy

Crafting your pitch

Saturday, April 29, 2017

10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

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startAD Incubator bridges the gap between innovative local and global startups and leading UAE corporations

Offered twice a year for up to 10-15 teams per cycle, the startAD Incubator delivers a thorough 3 month incubation program, including seed investment, meeting space, legal assistance, mentorship and a rigorous training program

startAD is a full stack entrepreneurial experience

startAD is an innovation and entrepreneurship platform offering a full stack entrepreneurial experience for the global startup community. Anchored at NYU Abu Dhabi, startAD supports the entrepreneurship ecosystem through education initiatives and the creation of startups.

Building the UAE Startup Ecosystem

What We Offer

  • Digital and Business Literacy Workshops
  • 5 Day Startup Bootcamp
  • 2 Week Venture Launchpad
  • Incubation Program
  • Prototyping facility
  • Community Education
  • Hackathons
  • Mentorship
  • NYU Global Network

startAD has two components: a forum, which is an educational platform that catalyzes individuals and teams with a defined process and tools to develop a scalable, repeatable and efficient venture; and an incubator, which synergizes local and global startups with major UAE corporations, granting opportunities for shared insights and business viability testing.

startAD Forum strengthens the foundation of the entrepreneurial ecosystem in the UAE by offering skill building workshops, capability development and connections among startup experts.


Our Core Programs

All community members are invited to apply.  Courses are free of charge for accepted applicants.

Digital and Business Literacy

Introductory classes taught by NYUAD Professors and leading professionals aimed at improving individuals’ technical and business skills.

Startup Bootcamp

A 5-day intensive program focused on developing an understanding of basic startup concepts with a focus on key components of a fully functioning business model.

Venture Launchpad

A 2 week-long course aimed at providing the process and tools for teams to develop a comprehensive new venture that is scalable, repeatable and efficient.

Community Programs

Startup Speaker Series

StartAD and Flat6Labs Abu Dhabi partner to bring an interactive educational experience with expert speakers on key entrepreneurship topics.

Tech Tuesdays

In these meetup style sessions we will bring together the tech and startup community to learn from innovators in emerging industries such as FinTech and HealthTech.

Legal Clinic

The startup legal clinic connects the startup community with top global legal professionals to help understand the legal framework for startups in the UAE.


startAD hosts several meetup groups on the NYUAD campus to encourage dialogue around technology and entrepreneurship.

Angel Rising

An annual Investor Education Symposium with the aim to provide Angel Investors the education they need to succeed, grow and mature.

Competitions & Challenges

We support and promote various local and international competitions and challenges involving creativity, innovation and technology.

Upcoming Events

Legal Clinic

UAE Legal Framework for Startups

April 26, 2017


This session will discuss some basics for setting up your business in the UAE including various financing options

Digital & Business Literacy

Crafting your pitch

April 29, 2017


In this practical interactive workshop, we’ll cover regional & world-class case studies of successful pitches, what you need to focus onto tell your startup’s story, and the key components for developing a killer pitch deck!

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