Startupbootcamp Smart City Dubai

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About the Program

Startupbootcamp Smart City Dubai 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.

Our intensive 3+3 month 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 industry.

Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority in collaboration with du, Dubai Chamber, Smart Dubai, Visa, Orange Business Services, and RIT New York 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 from around the world.

Selection Days

21 startups from 13 different countries flew to Dubai to participate in our first Selection Days on the 23rd and 24th of October. Startups competed for a chance to secure a spot in the first cycle. The cohort was selected after an intensive two-day evaluation and selection process. During the two days, each team participated in mentorship sessions where they exchanged knowledge, and discussed business opportunities.

Key Focus Areas

IoT & Connectivity

Open City Data

Urban Automation & Mobility

Artificial Intelligence


Sustainable Cities & Living

Smart Government

Smart Retail


  • May 31

    Applications open

  • Sep 15

    Applications close

  • Oct 23 - 24

    Selection Days

  • Nov 26

    Program begins

  • Feb 28

    Demo Day

Why join the program?

3-Month Program

An intense 3-month program designed to support entrepreneurs scale their industry-changing technology businesses.


Expert-led sessions covering all scaling fundamentals - from business model canvas, lean methodology to fundraising

Corporate Partners

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

Global Network

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

Tailored Mentorship

Over 100 carefully selected mentors from Smart City industry who provide hands-on support and valuable introductions

Coworking Space

Free desks for your entire team in a dynamic coworking space for the duration of the 3-month program

Living Expenses

€15,000 in cash per team to cover living expenses during the program

Perks & Discounts

More than €500K+ in exclusive partner deals from leading technology providers such as Amazon, HubSpot, SendGrid, and others

Alumni Growth Program

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

Industry Events

Exclusive opportunities to take part in leading Smart City conferences and events

Investor Access

Meet most active VCs and Angel investors in your industry from around the world

Demo Day

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

Startupbootcamp SmartCity Dubai has partnered with the industry giants: du, DSOA, Orange Business Services, RIT, Smart Dubai, Dubai Chambers and Visa to provide the expertise, exposure channels, and access to a network of industry professionals that most early-stage Smart City startups would not be able to access otherwise.

The program is led by Todd Obrien, using his extensive background to focus on startups developing technology for the Smart City industry.

If you have any questions in the meantime, please get in touch at Please note that any information submitted in an application is completely confidential and will not be shared with anyone outside of our organization.


The Startupbootcamp Smart City Dubai space is located in DTEC a 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. DTEC - Technohub 1,2, Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority, Near Premier Inn Hotel، Dubai Silicon Oasis - Dubai - United Arab Emirates, Map

Startupbootcamp Smart City Dubai Team

Todd OBrien

Todd OBrien

Managing Director
Pelin Gönül Şahin

Pelin Gönül Şahin

Chief Operating Officer

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