Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority (DSOA), on Sunday announced that the Startupbootcamp has selected 11 startups to take part in its third cohort of the Dubai Smart City Accelerator, a three-month program focused on building Smart City innovation in Dubai.
Launched in 2017, the Dubai Smart City Accelerator is powered by Startupbootcamp and hosted at the Dubai Technology Entrepreneur Campus (DTEC), the largest tech co-working space in the Middle East that is wholly owned by DSOA. DSCA is an award-winning program established by DSOA, du, Dubai Chamber, Smart Dubai, Visa, Orange Business Services, and RIT Dubai. In addition to funding the program, these key partners provide expertise, exposure channels, and unparalleled access to their deep smart city network of industry professionals and mentors from around the world.
The 11 winning startups were selected from over 800 applicants from 74 countries. During a four-month recruitment period, the Startupbootcamp team hosted Office Hours and Fast Tracks in 28 countries globally to identify the most promising Smart City-focused startups aligned with the Accelerator’s verticals: IoT & Connectivity, Urban Automation & Mobility, Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, Open City Data, Sustainable Cities & Living, Smart Government, and Smart Retail.
“We are excited about this cohort as it marks a shift from bringing in international startups to the region as done in previous years,” said Ibrahim Seksek, Managing Director, Dubai Smart City Accelerator
“Now that we have a cohort with a majority of regional companies, our value proposition changes for the startups. We are now a Dubai hub that is a stepping stone to the world for regional startups.” Seksek added