8th Edition of startAD's
Corporate Sprint Accelerator
A UAE market access program for global fintech seed-stage startups

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The 8th edition of startAD’s Corporate Sprint Accelerator, in partnership with Ripple’s University Blockchain Research Institute, is a 4-week virtual accelerator for seed-stage fintech startups looking to enter in the UAE market.

The accelerator immerses startups in robust local customer discovery and validation activities through a combination of training, mentorship, 1-1 meetings with corporate partners, and investor pitches. Within 4 weeks, the startups are equipped to pilot solutions with industry leaders, while corporates are enabled to innovate with startups disrupting their core businesses.

The fast-paced program will include two key phases:
- Pre-program phase (10 weeks): Startup recruitment, interviews and assessment.
- On-program phase (4 weeks): Training, coaching, expert panel sessions, corporate startup meetings and mentoring.

The program will culminate in a high-calibre market access day and an investor demo day on November 25th, 2021 in which the participating startups will have the opportunity to pitch to regional industry leaders and investors for business and investment opportunities.

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Focus Areas
Smart Contracts

Startups with smart contracts applications in construction and banking. Turning standard contractual provisions into smart contractual provisions with use cases in project payments, procurement, contractual documents or others

Cryptocurrency & Remittance

Startups with payments & commerce solutions for cryptocurrencies, digital wallet solutions, Blockchain-based remittance solutions, quick and easy cross-border money transfers, mass payout.

Who should apply?

Fintech startups that
  • Have a suitable team size (minimum 4) with the capability to dedicate resources to the program

  • Are raising pre-seed or seed rounds  

  • Are generating revenue or have conducted at least one pilot initial market traction

  • Have ambitions to enter the UAE/MENA market

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 ALEC, CCC and other leading corporations and have the opportunity to meet with investors during a high-calibre market access and investor event on Nov 25th, 2021

  • Become part of ADGM’s Digital Lab, the top platform in the UAE for financial institutions and FinTech innovators
  • Get the opportunity to be accepted into the ADGM’s RegLab, one of the world’s most active regulatory sandboxes based on relevant eligibility criteria

  • Get the opportunity to connect with ADGM experts, investors and mentors

  • Be considered for the Incentive Program of Hub71, Abu Dhabi's global tech ecosystem, which offers more than $400,000 worth of equity-free subsidies including up to 100% free housing, health insurance and WeWork x Hub71 office space for up to 3 years

  • Get inducted into startAD's Alumni program and receive multiple benefits
Evaluation criteria
  • Competition and Business Model: The startup has a unique solution, viability and interest in the UAE  

  • Traction & Financing: The startup has raised sufficient funds and has experience with resources for successful pilots

  • Founder & Team: The team has relevant experience and size.

  • Fit with the program: The startup is committed to completing the program and the solution fits within one of the focus areas.

  • Launch

    August 5, 2021

  • Application Deadline

    October 14, 2021

  • Final Cohort Selection

    October 24, 2021

  • Program Dates

    November 1 - 24, 2021

  • Investor Day / Market Access Event

    November 25, 2021

Don't miss your opportunity to make a difference.
Highlights from Previous Cohorts
SatSure startup wins $10,000 at startAD’s construction focused Venture Launchpad
Synx, an AI startup that automates machine learning, secures a paid pilot with Etihad
Abu Dhabi’s Hardware Venture Launchpad sets winning start-ups on their way