startAD and Khalifa Fund are organizing Ibtikari, a six-month incubator for Emirati entrepreneurs, aimed at helping technology startups advance their businesses.

Scheduled to take place between September 29, 2018 and March 31, 2019 at NYU Abu Dhabi. Ibtikari is open to startups with at least one UAE National as the founding member. Up to five teams will be selected based on the proposed concept, potential market reach, and prototype or proof of concept through an online application and in-person interviews. If selected, you will be given access to startAD’s prototyping facilities and coworking space at NYU Abu Dhabi throughout the duration of Ibtikari. On completion of the program, finalist startups will be considered for potential financial support from Khalifa Fund if they meet the fund criteria.



Applications Open June 2019

Why Apply?

  • Have opportunities to validate your business with leading UAE corporations
  • Get access to startAD’s coworking space
  • Scale your startup with local customer discovery, and validation activities
  • Benefit from a series of training and mentorship sessions with leading experts
  • Become investor ready with pitching and fundraising training

Who should Apply?

  • Startups with atleast one UAE national as a founding memeber
  • Targeting UAE/MENA market
  • Technology-enabled startups
  • Startups who have a functioning prototype
  • Startups with a committed founding team

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