Startup Support

Smart Dubai and our partners in the UAE government are committed to transforming the UAE into the new testbed for startups and entrepreneurs to innovate and scale emerging technologies. In the past two years we have launched and continue to operate a number of programs.
Startup Support

STRATEGY 

1- Global Blockchain Challenge 

Over the past two years Smart Dubai has been hosting the Global Blockchain Challenge inviting Blockchain startups from across the globe to pitch their latest blockchain innovations which can be potentially implemented in Dubai. The last challenge shortlisted 17 finalists and announced the top three winners on Thursday 3rd May 2018 at the Future Blockchain Summit. Following on from the successful inaugural edition in 2017, the 2018 challenge drew 200 applications from companies in 85 cities across 53 industries.

2- Dubai Smart City Accelerator

The Dubai Smart City Accelerator is the leading accelerator supporting innovative companies in IoT and Connectivity, Urban Automation and Mobility, Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, Open City Data, Sustainable Cities and Living, Smart Government, and the Smart Retail industry.

Operated by Startupbootcamp, the global network of industry-focused startup accelerators, the programme targets startups that are developing innovative solutions to help make cities smarter and overcome significant challenges due to congestion, waste, and energy to improve the quality of people’s lives. It will focus on projects that provide solutions to everyday challenges, built around smart buildings, transportation, intelligent logistics, smart lifestyles and smart planning & maintenance.

3- Dubai Future Accelerators

Dubai Future Accelerators (DFA) is an intensive 9-week program pairing the world’s most exciting technology companies with leading government organizations to create transformational solutions.

Smart Dubai Office has joined the DFA program working on challenges utilizing emerging technologies such as Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, machine learning and the Internet of Things.

Happiness Agenda
Happiness Agenda

We want to make Dubai the happiest city on earth. As we transform the future of Dubai through smart technology and innovation, we have prioritised happiness as our primary goal.

AI Lab
AI Lab

Dubai's first Artificial Intelligence (AI) Smart Lab that accelerate its way towards becoming the smartest city of the world.

Blockchain
Blockchain

The Dubai Blockchain Strategy will help Dubai achieve the vision of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

Paperless
Paperless

We are building a future without paper. In 2021, Dubai government will go completely paper-free, eliminating more than 1 billion pieces of paper.