Venture Launchpad

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

Sprint Accelerator

April 20 – 30, 2019

The startAD Venture Launchpad is a 10-day sprint accelerator deeply linked to emerging UAE industries. Open to global seed stage hardware, AI, and IoT startups, the accelerator equips startups to pilot solutions with industry leaders.


The startups who go through Venture Launchpad will be trained to develop their ventures and pitch-decks. Through the Venture Launchpad startup accelerator, our goal is to teach you how to:


1. Launch and scale in the UAE through pilot projects
2. Become investment ready


Throughout the duration of the sprint accelerator, startups work closely with startAD’s partners, exploring the potential for pilot projects. At the end of Venture Launchpad, teams will be given the opportunity to pitch their ventures to corporates and investors.


startAD has hosted 6 accelerator cohorts to date, with 10+ local partners. Not only is Venture Launchpad one of the top accelerators in the region, there have been 100+ startups that have gone through our business accelerator. 15+ corporate pilots have been secured with startAD’s partners and there have been 100+ jobs created.


Venture Launchpad is one of the best accelerators in the UAE to help your startup reach its true potential!

startup accelerator

Why Apply?

Have opportunities to secure pilots with leading corporations and government entities

Scale your startup in the UAE

Be considered for the startAD seed fund from USD 50000 to 250000

Benefit from a series of training and mentorship sessions with leading global experts

Be considered for the opportunity to pitch to local angel investor community

Hubspot, AWS credit, and other benefits

Who should Apply?

Seed stage Hardware/IoT/AI startups

Targeting UAE/MENA market

Startups who have at least a ready to pilot product

Startups with a committed founding team of at least 2

Sector focus on construction, development and real estate

Corporate partners

Government partners

Highlights from previous editions of VL Alumni

Over five cycles, 102 startups from more than 20 countries have graduated from the sprint accelerator, raising more than $10 million in investment, securing numerous pilot projects, and being recognized with global design and product awards.

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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