Startupbootcamp Launches Smart City Program in Dubai

Startupbootcamp Launches Smart City Program in Dubai

  • DSOA, Smart Dubai, du, Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Rochester Institute of Technology, Orange Business Services and Visa partner in initiative in line with Dubai’s ambition to emerge as ‘Smartest City in the World’

Dubai, 31 May 2017Startupbootcamp, the global family of industry-focused accelerator programs, has announced the launch of a Dubai-based Smart City program in an effort to support the city’s vision to become a world leader in smart technologies.

Startupbootcamp Smart City Dubai program will aim to accelerate 40 innovative startups working in the fields of IoT and connectivity, urban automation and smart transportation, open city data, sustainable cities and living, smart government, and smart retail. Applications will be open to MENA based startups and startups from all over the world.

Joining forces with Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority (DSOA), the regulatory body of Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO), Dubai’s integrated free zone technology park, as well as Smart Dubai Office, Dubai Chambers, Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company PJSC (du), Visa, Orange Business Services, Rochester Institute of Technology – New York and Rochester Institute of Technology – New York, the program is open for applications today.

In line with the mission and the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to make Dubai the happiest and smartest city on earth by 2021, the partners have committed to support the Dubai Smart City Accelerator, the first of its kind in the Middle East, that will be run by Startupbootcamp

Designed to empower 10 promising startups each cohort, Startupbootcamp Smart City Dubai will provide the startups with office space in Dubai Technology Entrepreneur Centre (DTEC), a wholly owned technology incubator by DSOA and the largest of its kind in the Middle East. Startups will get mentoring from high profile industry experts, access to corporate partners in addition to a US $20,000 capital investment, as well as access to Startupbootcamp’s global network of mentors, investors, and VCs.

The program is led by Todd OBrien, who has extensive knowledge in sales, marketing and developing technology companies with more than 20 years experience. Startupbootcamp Smart City Dubai team will be hosting a series of FastTrack events in different cities within the Middle East as well as international cities such as  New Delhi, Austin, Cape Town, Singapore and more in the next two months in order to give different startups the chance to present their ideas and to know more about the program.

Todd commented: “We are thrilled to announce our first Smart City program in the region in a joint effort with the Dubai government and other local partners. We are excited to support the target of making Dubai the happiest city by 2021 through embracing innovation technology. Startupbootcamp has worldwide momentum, accelerating now over 420 startups in 19 different programs globally since 2010. We are working with startups who are really making the future better and we know Dubai will take us to a new level.”

Dr Mohammed Alzarooni, Vice Chairman and CEO of DSOA, said: “We are committed to advancing our contribution through several initiatives, including the Happiest People strategy that is a core pillar of DSOA’s 2021 Strategy and a stand-alone concept in itself.

Osman Sultan, Chief Executive Officer, du said: This collective collaboration for the Smart City Accelerator initiative enables us to further strengthen our contribution to digital innovation by working with innovators from across the world.”

Kamran Siddiqi, said: “The smart cities era is opening up countless opportunities for ambitious entrepreneurs in the UAE and across the globe. We are proud to add our support to the Smart City Accelerator program, which will help to clear a path to success for selected start-ups aspiring to shape smart cities of today and tomorrow.”

Majid Saif Al Ghurair, Dubai Chamber said: “By investing in high-potential startups and innovative ideas, we can better facilitate businesses’ adoption of smart solutions that will ultimately enhance the competitiveness of Dubai’s private sector.”

Dr Aisha bint Butti bin Bishr, Director General of the Smart Dubai Office, said: “We are focused on providing Dubai’s residents with a distinct and delightful living experience, enabling them to enjoy the highest quality of life with a sense of security, efficiency, and happiness.”

Dr. James H. Watters, said: “RIT Dubai looks forward to a long and successful partnership with all stakeholders in this cutting-edge initiative. Our aim with this accelerator is to support the ambitious smart city mandate of the UAE leadership for years to come.”

Luc Serviant, said: “Innovation and talent are central to the sustainability of a city, and as one of the world’s leading partners in digital transformation, Orange brings to this partnership our global experience and R&D resources and a distinct startup approach.

The application for Startupbootcamp Smart City Dubai is now open, interested startups can apply here.


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About Startupbootcamp

Founded in 2010, Startupbootcamp is a global startup accelerator with 19 programs in Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Istanbul, London, Miami, Mumbai, New York, Rome and Singapore, and a mentor and alumni network in more than 30 countries.  For more information visit:

About DSOA

Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority (DSOA), a 100% government-owned free zone, was established following Law no 16 of 2005 of the Government of Dubai, with the mission to “facilitate and promote modern technology based industries” thus supporting the region’s demand for business expansion. A full package of incentives and benefits are provided to companies operating within the free zone. Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO) is a technology park and provides both a living and working integrated community.

About Smart Dubai

Collaborating with private sector and government partners, Smart Dubai was established to empower, deliver and promote an efficient, seamless, safe and impactful city experience for residents and visitors.

About Dubai Chambers

Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry was established in 1965. It’s a non-profit public organization whose mission is to represent, support and protect the interests of the business community in Dubai. It does so by creating a favourable environment; promoting Dubai as an international business hub and by supporting the development of business.

About Du

Du is a  telecom operators in the United Arab Emirates operating since 2006, they have worked hard to enhance and expand their bouquet of services in an industry that is at the heart of economic and social transformation. They also provide carrier services, a data hub, internet exchange facilities and satellite services for broadcasters.

About RIT Dubai

The RIT Dubai community engages and motivates students through stimulating and collaborative experiences. Our mission is to provide technology-based educational programs for personal and professional development. The Rochester Institute of Technology (R.I.T) Dubai is a cornerstone of the DSO eco-system. Their strategic alliance provides DSO with access to a local and regional pool of technical and engineering talent, business plan sponsorship, project/R&D assistance, mentorship programs and Internship schemes.

About Visa

Visa Inc. is a global payments technology company that connects consumers, businesses, financial institutions and governments in more than 200 countries and territories to fast, secure and reliable electronic payments.

About Orange Business Solutions

We help companies collaborate more effectively, operate more efficiently and engage better with their customers – connecting their people, sites and machines securely and reliably. Human is at the heart of digital experience at Orange Business Services.