Corporate Sprint Accelerator

Week 1

Useful Expressions

Tools for Professional Approach: It’s not just about learning, it’s about having the confidence to use English in real life and upgrade your business communication skills.

3 videos, 1 audio
Video: Crowdsourcing
Video: Collocations For Job Interview
Audio: Listening Exercise
Graded: Advanced Business Principles

Week 2

Diplomatic Language

Tools for Professional Approach - Step 2: It’s not just about learning, it’s about having the confidence to use English in real life and upgrade your business communication skills.

2 videos, 1 reading
Graded: Information Technology Terms

Corporate Sprint Accelerator

Date: April 1 – 14, 2020

Application Deadline: March 10, 2020

Location: New York University Abu Dhabi – UAE

Focus: Construction and sustainable development

Taking place from April 1 – 14, 2020 at NYU Abu Dhabi, the startAD Corporate Sprint Accelerator steers global startups with pioneering artificial intelligence, Internet of Things (IoT) and hardware technologies to grow and scale in the UAE through potential pilot projects with our partners ALEC Engineering and Contracting and the Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC).  The winning startup will receive the ALEC Innovation Award of US$10,000.


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 two 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 program will also train startups in investment readiness, and all selected startups will be considered for a $250,000 co-investment through the startAD Seed Fund.


Note: Startups accepted into the Corporate Sprint Accelerator are required to attend all 14 days of the program. The program is free of charge to accepted teams and accommodation will be arranged on campus. Teams are expected to make their own travel arrangements.


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Why Apply?

Get trained by leading global technical and industry experts on ‘Scaling in the UAE through pilots and partnerships’, and ‘Investment readiness and pitching’

Secure opportunities to explore pilots with leading corporations in construction and sustainable development

Become investor ready with pitching and fundraising training

For hardware startups, refine your product and design through startAD’s global network of labs and manufacturing hubs

Opportunity to pitch to local and construction focused investors

Be considered for co-investment from the startAD seed fund for up to USD $250,000

Get access to Al Warsha, our prototyping lab and our coworking space

Hubspot, AWS credit, and other benefits

Who should Apply?

Seed- stage startups with a minimum of four fully committed team members including founders

Startups who are generating revenue or have conducted at least one pilot

Startups who have initial market traction

Sectors focused on construction and sustainable development

Targeting UAE/MENA market

Focus Areas

Design: Sustainable Building Materials, Software as a Service(SaaS), AR/VR, Building Information Modeling

Build: 3D printing, Robotics, Modular Construction, Mobile Technology, Internet of Things (IoT)

Operate: Hospitality, Big Data & Analytics, Experiential Marketing, Customer Experience, Artificial Intelligence, Sustainable spaces

Corporate partners

Highlights from previous cohorts

112 startups from 24 countries
Pilots Secured: 50+
Funding Raised: $45 Million
Revenue Generated: $15 million
Job created: 230

SatSure startup wins $10,000 at startAD’s construction focused Venture Launchpad

SatSure integrates trends derived from satellite imagery with public datasets to develop decision making insights

Looking to make an entry into the UAE and MENA markets? startAD’s Venture Launchpad can help accelerate your journey

startAD, an Alma Mater for early-stage startups in the UAE

Synx,, and AIMLedge named winners of startAD’s Artificial Intelligence Venture Launchpad

Synx, an AI startup, secures a paid pilot with Etihad

Abu Dhabi’s Hardware Venture Launchpad sets winning start-ups on their way

AI-supported global governance through bottom-up deliberation

Startups WaveX, Docswallet And uHONCHO Win At StartAD’s Fintech Venture Launchpad

StartAD names AI startup as winner of $10,000 award

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