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JAN - APRIL 2020

Dubai, UAE

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


Sustainable Cities & Living

Smart Government

Smart Retail


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Global Scouting

Applications for the fourth cohort of the Dubai Smart City Accelerators are now closed.

Check below all the countries we visited to find the world’s best Smart City startups.

Thanks to all the 1300 startups that reached out our team in the last months to learn more about the program.

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Applications Open

September 6

Final Deadline

November 17

Selection Days Event

December 8-10


January 26

Demo Day

April 13

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
    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.


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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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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Startups – Cohort IV

Program Alumni


Startupbootcamp is using DD-Ready in the MENA region

DD-Ready was selected out of 450 companies globally to take part in Cohort 2 of Startupbootcamp’s highly competitive Fintech accelerator program running out of Fintech Hive at DIFC in January 2020. The currently ongoing Fintech program has opened and facilitated valuable business opportunities in Dubai (UAE) and Riyadh (Saudi Arabia) for DD-Ready and other startups…

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Startupbootcamp Announces Strategic Partnership with Lexyom

Furthering its dedication to accelerate innovators, Startupbootcamp (SBC) is pleased to announce its new strategic partnership with Lexyom, a holistic tech-enabled legal solution for startups and SMEs. Lexyom, which is one of Dubai Smart City Accelerator cohort 4’s startups, will provide all SBC’s startups in the MENA region a personalized legal dashboard, where they’ll have…

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Dubai Smart City Accelerator Graduates New Batch of Innovators

Dubai-UAE: 27 January, 2020 – The Dubai Smart City Accelerator (DSCA), the leading smart city program in the MENA region, hosted its third Demo Day at Dubai Chamber headquarters for the 11 startups that have made it into the program’s third cohort. The headline event of the year for DSCA, the Demo Day drew the…

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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 December 2019.

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