About startAD

startAD is an innovation and entrepreneurship platform that supports startups in the UAE at every stage of their development.

Anchored at NYUAD, startAD seeks to strengthen the entrepreneurial ecosystem in the UAE by offering core programs and education initiatives for all members of the local startup community – from innovators to early-stage entrepreneurs to investors.

The Space

startAD Central

Shared space with flexible options for work, meetings and community events.

Al Warsha

A modern maker space equipped with 3D printers, laser cutter and more. The Lab is open to the community to use the tools available and learn prototyping skills.

Our Team

Ramesh Jagannathan

Managing Director

Erkki Altonen

Executive Director

Robyn Brazzil

Assistant Director

Frunzik Voskanyan

Program Manager

Anteneh Zeleke

Administrative Assistant

Abdelrazak Al-Sharif

Innovation Engineer

Nihal Shaikh

Marketing and Communications Manager

Georgia O'Hagan

Program Coordinator

Our Partners

Connect With Us

startAD @NYUAD

New York University Abu Dhabi
P.O. Box 129188 Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, UAE


New York University Abu Dhabi
P.O. Box 129188 Abu Dhabi, UAE
Email: startad@nyu.edu