Meet the first 10 startups to join the new SBC FinTech program in Dubai

Meet the first 10 startups to join the new SBC FinTech program in Dubai


Dubai, 23rd January, 2019 – Startupbootcamp FinTech Dubai, the leading FinTech Accelerator in the MENA region, announced the ten startups joining its inaugural cohort.

Startupbootcamp FinTech Dubai launched in September 2018 in partnership with HSBC, Visa and Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), and has received over 300 applications from all over the world. 20 startups were shortlisted and invited to attend an intensive 3 day selection event. The shortlisted 20 received dedicated pitch training and 1:1 mentoring with more than 20 business professionals within Startupbootcamp’s mentor network, before the top 10 startups were selected.

The top 10 startups will now join the three-month acceleration program starting on the 10th February, 2019. Teams will work on shaping their product, market strategy and commercial roadmaps with the help of Startupbootcamp’s wide mentor network. After the three months, the 10 teams will present their progress in front of a panel of investors and corporate executives during Demo Day, where the startups will officially ‘graduate’ from the program.

The top 10 startups:

Digital wallet solution to address financial inclusion.

Product as a Service for Banks & Corporates focused on Financial Inclusion.

Crowd-lending platform that connects smallholder farmers to sponsors.

Online lending and client scoring products.

Financial inclusion smartphone-based conversational marketing communication.

Statys delivers risk analytics as-a-service, powered by artificial intelligence.

Money for kids with Financial education on practice.

Track and pay your bills from one single place.

Valuation as a Service Technology for equity investment in Startups & SMB’s.

A revolution to your regular shopping experience.


Todd OBrien, CEO of Startupbootcamp MENA, commented on the new cohort:
“I am super excited at the quality of this first cohort in Fintech Dubai. The selection days were energizing and so much potential was highlighted. We are set to have a rockstar first program!”

The program will provide teams with over $400,000 worth of acceleration and business growth services, including a €15,000 stipend for living expenses, an official entity in DIFC, access to exclusive startup services, office space at DIFC, and access to Startupbootcamp’s global network of highly-qualified mentors, angels and VCs.

All of this is possible because of the constant support of Startupbootcamp FinTech Dubai partners: Visa, HSBC, DIFC and Mashreq.

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About Startupbootcamp

Launched in 2014, Startupbootcamp FinTech is the leading global FinTech accelerator focused on innovation for the financial services industry. Based in London, Singapore, New York, Mumbai, Mexico City, Amsterdam and Dubai, each program is supported by a network of financial services partners, as well as an extensive mentor and alumni network from more than 30 countries across the globe. Startupbootcamp FinTech is part of the global award-winning Startupbootcamp, a network of industry-focused startup accelerators. For more information, visit: where you can find details about each program.

The Startupbootcamp FinTech Dubai program is supported locally by Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), du, Visa and HSBC.

Twitter: @sbcFinTech



About Dubai International Financial Centre

The Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) is one of the world’s top financial centres, and the leading financial hub for the Middle East, Africa and South Asia. The Centre provides a world-class platform connecting the region’s markets with the economies of Europe, Asia and the Americas and facilitates growth in South-South trade and investment. An onshore, international financial centre, DIFC offers a stable, mature and secure base for financial institutions to develop their wholesale businesses.

The Centre offers all the elements found in the world’s most successful financial industry ecosystems, including an independent regulator and judicial system with a common-law framework, a global financial exchange, inspiring architecture, powerful, enabling support services and a vibrant business community. The infrastructure within the district features ultra-modern office space, retail outlets, cafes and restaurants, art galleries, residential apartments, public green areas and hotels.

Located midway between the global financial centres of New York, London in the West and Singapore, Hong Kong in the East, DIFC (GMT +4) fills a vital time-zone gap with a workday that bridges the market and business hours of financial centres in both Asia and North America.

In 2015, DIFC launched its 2024 growth strategy, a blueprint for the next decade of growth of the financial hub. This strategy aims to stimulate trade and investment flows along the South-South economic corridor encompassing the Middle East, Africa, Southern Asia and Latin America.

Currently, 2,003 active registered companies operate from the Centre, with a combined workforce of 22,768 professionals.

DIFC continues to pursue expansion into new services and sectors within the Middle East, Africa and South Asia region, an area comprising over 72 countries with an approximate population of 3 billion and nominal GDP of US$7.7 trillion.

For further information, please visit our website:, or follow us on Twitter @DIFC.


About HSBC Holdings Plc

HSBC Holdings plc, the parent company of the HSBC Group, is headquartered in London. The Group serves customers worldwide from around 3,800 offices in 66 countries and territories in Europe, Asia, North and Latin America, and the Middle East and North Africa. With assets of US$2,607bn at 30 June 2018, HSBC is one of the world’s largest banking and financial services organisations. For more information, please visit


About Visa

Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) is the world’s leader in digital payments. Our mission is to connect the world through the most innovative, reliable and secure payment network – enabling individuals, businesses and economies to thrive. Our advanced global processing network, VisaNet, provides secure and reliable payments around the world, and is capable of handling more than 65,000 transaction messages a second. The company’s relentless focus on innovation is a catalyst for the rapid growth of connected commerce on any device, and a driving force behind the dream of a cashless future for everyone, everywhere.  As the world moves from analog to digital, Visa is applying our brand, products, people, network and scale to reshape the future of commerce. For more information, visit, or follow us on Twitter @Visamiddleeast.

About Mashreq

The Dubai-based Mashreqbank  is the oldest privately owned bank in the United Arab Emirates. Founded as the Bank of Oman in 1967, Mashreq was the first UAE bank to install ATM cash dispensers, the first to issue debit and credit cards and the first to introduce consumer loans. Today Mashreq provides conventional and Islamic personal banking services including deposits, loans and credit cards; conventional and Islamic investment banking services including corporate finance and investment advisory on mergers and acquisitions, initial in public offering and underwriting; conventional and Islamic asset management services including wealth management.
For more information, visit