Hub71 partners with ADIO to grant funds to startups as countdown to the outliers begins

Abu Dhabi's global tech ecosystem and ADIO enable innovative seed-stage startups to scale through investment

Hub71 partners with ADIO to grant funds to startups as countdown to the outliers begins
  • Select Hub71 startups receive AED 10m+ (USD 2.7m+) in cash grants from ADIO following co-hosted Demo Day
  • Last call for startups to solve operational challenges for leading corporate and government partners and receive up to AED 100,000 (USD 27,000) in capital and market access opportunities in ‘The Outliers’ 

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: Hub71, Abu Dhabi’s global tech ecosystem, and the Abu Dhabi Investment Office (ADIO) have partnered to support early-stage tech startups in growing their teams and scaling their businesses with purpose to generate societal impact. The partnership complements Hub71’s new program, ‘The Outliers’, enabling startups from around the world to collaborate with leading corporations and government agencies in Abu Dhabi to solve their operational challenges. Startups worldwide have until Thursday, July 1 to apply for the program.

Hub71’s partnership with ADIO, under its Innovation Program, reinforces the emirate’s commitment to sustaining a robust, competitive environment for startups to gain access to capital, commercial activities and incentives from both the public and private sectors. Hub71 and ADIO hosted a Demo Day for existing Hub71 startups to pitch for cash grants, provided by ADIO, aimed at accelerating their growth. Following a rigorous screening process run by an investment committee comprising members from Hub71 and ADIO, 10 startups were selected to receive grants worth more than AED 10 million (USD 2.7m) to accelerate the development of their innovative solutions.

Doubling down on accelerating access to capital and to enhance Abu Dhabi’s thriving market for startups, The Outliers is an annual initiative led by Hub71 in partnership with key corporate and government partners designed to solve their operational challenges. The program aims to promote a culture of innovation within organizations that are seeking to collaborate with startups and invest in the pioneering ideas of founders to optimise business processes and drive efficiencies. This year, Mastercard, Etihad Airways, Thales, ADCB, Mashreq Bank and the Department of Health Abu Dhabi have each set problem statements and will engage directly with entrepreneurs to develop proof of concepts (POCs) that have strong potential to commercialize and go-to-market. Successful startups will gain access to up to AED 100,000 (USD 27,000) worth of funding for POCs, other benefits, in addition to partnership contracts and the chance to join Hub71’s vibrant community to benefit from its incentives, value-add programs and global partners.

Ibrahim Ajami, Interim Chief Executive Officer of Hub71 and Head of Ventures and Growth at Mubadala Investment Company, said: “We are committed to supporting tech startups by leveraging the network of partners that back our mission and strive to provide opportunities to access funding or grants. Capital is an instrumental enabler that unlocks our startups’ growth. The Outliers paves the way for startups with proven products to work alongside our corporate and government partners to help them integrate innovation into their business models. Now is the time to apply for The Outliers and get the backing of powerful entities that want to help startups develop sustainable POCs that can go-to-market. It is initiatives like these that clearly showcase the benefits of public-private partnerships that is a staple within the unique environment of Abu Dhabi.”

The successful companies that received cash grants from ADIO at the Demo Day specialize in HealthTech, FinTech, AgTech and information and communication technologies (ICT), reflecting Abu Dhabi’s commitment to nurturing a diverse range of innovative ideas and technologies in high growth areas.

“Partnering with ADIO on their Innovation Program reinforces the shared efforts that Abu Dhabi is delivering to double down on startup success. We are proud of our close collaboration with ADIO and look forward to seeing more success stories from the startup community we are helping grow,” Ajami added.

H.E. Dr. Tariq Bin Hendi, Director General of ADIO, added: “Startups are key to Abu Dhabi’s economy, both in terms of economic benefit as well as the bold ideas and ambition they bring to the business ecosystem. The government plays a critical role in creating an environment where businesses are supported to succeed, and at ADIO, we are investing maximum resources and efforts to ensure innovative startups can successfully scale up from Abu Dhabi. The Innovation Program is a key driver in achieving this vision, helping to equip startups with the tools and means to realize their potential.”

Corporates and government agencies seeking to partner with Hub71 on future challenges can visit Hub71 for more information.

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