startAD is the startup accelerator at NYU Abu Dhabi, powered by Tamkeen steering global startups to scale their ventures in the UAE through pilots with leading local corporations. To date, startAD has worked with 118 startups from 24 countries who are creating significant impact globally having raised $50 million in investment, generating $15 million in revenue, securing over 50 pilot projects with corporations, and creating over 250 jobs.
startAD has the unique domain expertise and state-of-the-art facilities to develop hardware and AI startups in priority industries including aviation, energy, sustainability, construction, and security.
Eligibility Criteria: Seed-stage startups with:
- a minimum of 4 fully committed team members including founders
- initial market traction who are generating revenue or have conducted at least one pilot
- construction technology and sustainable development solutions
- a market in the UAE/MENA region
Industry: Technology, Security, Artificial Intelligence, Renewable Energy, Hardware, Construction
Development Stage: SEED
Geographical Focus: Palestine, Saudi Arabia (KSA), Iraq, Bahrain, Algeria, Qatar, Egypt, Yemen, Morocco, Kuwait, Lebanon, Comoros, Sudan, Syria, Oman, Jordan, Libya, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Tunisia