Dubai – Team Mahali, Team Vision Health and Team Moood won Techstars Online Startup Weekend Covid Edition. 280 participants, 54 hours of networking, 6 workshops, 17 mentors, and 6 judges. These three teams made it out of the third round of judging. Sharks for this session included representatives from Dubai Future Accelerators, LEAD Ventures, Microsoft for Startups in the Middle East, GetBee and DTEC Ventures. 

For the first time, Techstars, the global platform for investment and innovation, hosted a Global Online Startup Weekend series, “Unite to Fight Covid-19.” We hosted this 54-hour weekend event on 16-18 April, 2020. Participants worked together from their homes to tackle the challenges presented by the pandemic. 

Local Community Leaders, in partnership with Techstars, volunteered to host this event, which focused on developing Covid-19-related solutions unique to UAE. Participants helped develop prototypes that aimed at solving some of the biggest challenges posed by the pandemic. 

UAE is one of more than 70 countries around the world participating in this important event. The top 20 teams from around the world will go on to participate in a Techstars Innovation Bootcamp experience.

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Since the Covid-19 outbreak began to affect communities around the world, Techstars has made a variety of changes to programming and community engagement to keep people safe and to continue to support startups and innovators in this time of great need. Learn more about Techstars’ efforts and find resources and perspectives at 

We also had very informative workshops during the events consisting of 6 sessions throughout the three days on marketing, pitching, lean design and business canvas modeling. Ambitious full-time employees and entrepreneurs from companies like Emirates Airline, Careem, Intelak, and RideHoop who dedicated more than 70 hours collectively to the startups. 

About Techstars

Techstars is the global platform for investment and innovation. Techstars founders connect with other entrepreneurs, experts, mentors, alumni, investors, community leaders, and corporations to grow their companies. Techstars operates three divisions: Techstars Startup Programs, Techstars Mentorship-Driven Accelerator Programs, and Techstars Corporate Innovation Partnerships. Techstars accelerator portfolio includes more than 1,900 companies with a market cap of more than $26 Billion. 

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