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About the Program

The Dubai Smart City Accelerator, powered by Startupbootcamp, is the leading program supporting innovative companies in the IoT & Connectivity, Urban Automation & Mobility, Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, Open City Data, Sustainable Cities & Living, Smart Government, and Smart Retail industry. It is an unparalleled platform for startups to proactively scale up their business and demonstrate their product to leading corporates, government partners, and contribute to a larger vision to make Dubai the happiest city on earth.

Our intensive 3 month accelerator program provides 10 selected Smart City companies with hands-on mentorship from over 100 industry experts, office space in Dubai, seed funding, and access to a global network of investors and corporate partners from across the Smart City industries.

Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority in collaboration with du, Dubai Chamber, Smart Dubai, Visa, Orange Business Services, and Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) Dubai have joined to fund the Dubai Smart City Consortium. These key partners provide expertise, exposure channels, APIs and unparalleled access to their deep Smart City network of industry professionals and mentors from around the world.

Key Focus Areas

IoT & Connectivity

Open City Data

Urban Automation & Mobility

Artificial Intelligence

Blockchain

Sustainable Cities & Living

Smart Government

Smart Retail

Partners

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Global Scouting

Applications for cohort 3 closed on July 20th, 2019. Check back in September 2019 to apply for cohort 4, which will take place from January – April 2020.

Virtual Hours

Open through July 20th

Bahrain

April 16-17 ✔

Dubai

April 25 ✔

Istanbul

April 29 ✔

Milan

May 14 ✔

Paris

May 16 ✔

Washington DC

May 20 ✔

Mumbai

May 22 ✔

New York City

May 23 ✔

Barcelona

June 3 ✔

Austin

June 3 ✔

Kuwait

June 9 ✔

London

June 11 ✔

Kyiv

June 13 ✔

Beirut

June 13 ✔

Casablanca

June 19 ✔

Bangkok

June 21 ✔

Tunis

June 24 ✔

Riyadh

June 25 ✔

Palestine

June 26 ✔

Amman

July 1 ✔

Berlin

July 3 ✔

Cairo

July 3 ✔

Hong Kong

July 9 ✔

Taipei

July 12 ✔

Singapore

July 14 ✔

Toronto

August 8

Timeline

Applications Open

March 31

Final Deadline

July 20

Selection Days Event

September 2-4

Acceleration

September 29

Demo Day

January 9

Why join the program?

3-Month Program

  • 3-Month Program
    An intense 3-month program designed to support entrepreneurs as they scale their industry-changing technology businesses.

Masterclasses

  • Masterclasses
    Expert-led sessions covering all scaling fundamentals - from business model canvas, lean methodology, growth hacking to fundraising.

Corporate Partners

  • Corporate Partners
    Connections to the leading corporates in your industry for pilot projects, partnership opportunities, and as customers.

Global Network

  • Global Network
    Unmatched access to a global network of mentors, corporate partners, industry experts, and alumni across 40+ countries.

Tailored Mentorship

  • Tailored Mentorship
    Over 100 carefully selected mentors from the Smart City industry who provide hands-on support and valuable introductions.

Co-working Space

  • Coworking Space
    Free deskspace for your entire team in a dynamic co-working space for the duration of the 3-month program.

Living Expenses

  • Living Expenses
    €15,000 in cash per team to cover living expenses during the program.

Perks & Discounts

  • Perks & Discounts
    More than €300K+ in exclusive partner deals from leading technology providers such as Amazon, HubSpot, SendGrid, and others.

Alumni Growth Program

  • Alumni Growth Program
    Continued post-program support far after the 3-month program through annual alumni only events, deals and tailored introductions.

Industry Events

  • Industry Events
    Exclusive opportunities to take part in leading Smart City conferences and events.

Investor Access

  • Investor Access
    Meet the most active VCs and Angel investors in your industry from around the world.

Demo Day

  • Demo Day
    A day to celebrate your achievements during the program with 400+ investors, corporates, mentors and press attendees.

Location

The Dubai Smart City Accelerator space is located in Dtec, 5,000 sqm of creatively designed space in Dubai Silicon Oasis. Dtec is the heart of the MENA startup ecosystem! Designed to accommodate and support the best and brightest in the business, Dtec is a technology, entrepreneurial and innovation hub like no other.

Our Team

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Mentors

Are you passionate about innovation in the Smart Cities industry and empowering entrepreneurs to put their ideas into practice? Your insight and experiences are invaluable for our startups. We’d love to talk with you about getting involved.

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Program Alumni

News

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More than 170 startups applied to showcase their solutions for the Dubai Smart City Accelerator team This summer the Dubai Smart City Accelerator, powered by Startupbootcamp, kicked off a Smart City MENA Roadshow to meet with some of the region’s most promising startups from 10 countries in North Africa, the Levant, and the Gulf. From…

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MENA Roadshow 2019: Searching for the region’s best Smart City solutions!

The need for Smart City solutions is paramount. The world is changing rapidly and, by 2050, 68% of the world population is projected to live in urban areas. Making cities more sustainable and efficient with streamlined services is essential for enhanced quality of life. Dubai is leading the Smart City vision globally by embracing technology…

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Startupbootcamp Smart City Dubai Accelerator graduates Cohort #2 at “Convergence” Demo Day

On December 11th, Startupbootcamp (SBC) Smart City Dubai hosted a Demo Day for the 10 startups in its second accelerator cohort. In this celebratory occasion, startups presented their businesses before a room full of 120+ partners, investors, mentors, and supporters from across the Middle East North Africa (MENA) startup ecosystem. The theme for this year’s Demo Day…

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FAQ

Have a question that is not answered below? Email us!

I applied for cohort 3. When will I hear back?

Our team is currently reviewing applications and will get back to you by mid-August 2019.

When can I apply to the Dubai Smart City Accelerator Program?

Applications are currently closed. We plan to open applications for cohort 4 in early September 2019. Stay tuned to our website for more information!

How do I apply to DSCA?

Our program has an online application form on the F6S website. The link will be accessible as soon as applications are open for cohort 4.

What happens after I submit my application?

Once you’ve submitted your application, our scouting team will read through it and provide you with feedback as soon as possible. We are constantly reviewing applications, so make sure to apply early.

The top 20 startups will be invited to attend the selection days in Dubai, where Startupbootcamp and our partners will make the final selection of the 10 startups admitted to attend the program.

Keep in mind that once you accept the invitation for the selection days in Dubai, you also agree to participate in the program if your team is one of the 10 startups selected.

What happens after I submit my application?

Once you’ve submitted your application, our scouting team will read through it and provide you with feedback as soon as possible. We are constantly reviewing applications, so make sure to apply early.

The top 20 startups will be invited to attend the selection days in Dubai, where Startupbootcamp and our partners will make the final selection of the 10 startups admitted to attend the program.

Keep in mind that once you accept the invitation for the selection days in Dubai, you also agree to participate in the program if your team is one of the 10 startups selected.

When will I be notified if I've been invited to selection day?

We aim to notify all applicants as soon as possible after the application deadline whether or not they are invited to attend the selection days. You will be informed, at the latest, two weeks in advance of the selection days with all the necessary practical information.

When and where will the Selection Days take place?

The selection days will be held in Dubai in early September 2019.

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