startAD Youth Entepeneurship Program

The startAD Youth Entrepreneurship Program actively encourages and practically supports entrepreneurship and innovation endeavors among UAE youth. The 3-month-long program targets university students between the ages of 18-25 with an idea for a (tech-enabled) startup. The program primarily focuses on teaching select teams the tools and skill sets to develop a startup that is scalable, repeatable and capital-efficient through a highly customized training and mentorship process. The initiative also offers teams that are ready to do so, opportunities to drive partnerships with leading institutions supporting the program .

Who should apply?


Idea stageMust be tech-enabledMust not have received prior funding of more than USD 10,000 (for existing projects)Submission of Initial write-up/pitch deck as a supporting document (optional)


Must reside in the UAEBetween the age of 18-25A team (of 2-4 members) is preferredDemonstrable passion to the problem that the startup hopes to solve. Availability to attend ALL program activities

Why Apply?

Learn to apply a business framework to ideas Align solutions with the actual customer needs, and learn how to prototypeValidate business models and discover future market opportunitiesWork with startup coaches from leading institutions (NYU Tandon School of Engineering & NYU Entrepreneurship Institute)Benefit from a dedicated 1-1 mentorship with serial entrepreneurs and industry expertsLearn transferable soft skills (building the entrepreneurial persona)Cash prize: $5000 startAD award to top 3 teams. $10,000 ‘National Impact Award’ from Sandooq Al Watan for the top team in the programPerks: Food. Transportation & accommodation based on individual need basis. Access to startAD Central co-working space and Al-Warsha (prototyping lab)

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