On December 11th, Startupbootcamp (SBC) Smart City Dubai hosted a Demo Day for the 10 startups in its second accelerator cohort. In this celebratory occasion, startups presented their businesses before a room full of 120+ partners, investors, mentors, and supporters from across the Middle East North Africa (MENA) startup ecosystem. The theme for this year’s Demo Day was “Convergence,” demonstrating the confluence of technology that contributes Dubai’s development as a smart city. The event marked the culmination of the startups’ participation in an intensive three-month acceleration program and was key in generating investor interest around their products and services.
Selected from more than 600 international applications, the SBC Smart City cohort includes startups from the UAE, Egypt, India, Canada, and USA who are working on smart city solutions across sectors, including AI, virtual reality, transportation, shared economies, digital health, machine learning, energy and cleantech.
“Today marks a special day, as we celebrate the second cohort of Startupbootcamp Smart City Dubai,” stated Pelin G. Şahin, SBC Smart City Director in her opening welcome speech. “It’s hard to believe just over a year ago we opened applications for our first cohort and reached more than 2000 startups so far. This year, we again selected 10 promising startups that are building technologies working towards a convergence which will be the foundations for smart cities of the future.”
The welcome speeches also included exciting announcements about the future of SBC in the MENA region. Todd OBrien, CEO of Startupbootcamp MENA, shared the importance of accelerator programs like SBC Smart City and the newly launched Fintech program in contributing towards the fulfillment of Dubai as the world’s leader in technology innovation.
“Almost 2 years ago we began this Smart City journey with a consortium of amazing partners here in Dubai. We are just getting started in this region. We will have another two cohorts in the next 18 months and we will be leading up to the Expo 2020 by importing smart technologies from around the world and cultivating what is already established here in Dubai,” shared OBrien.
Following welcome speeches, the audience was energized with a performance by an Arabic drumming troupe using LED drums. The harmony of sound, light, and music fit well with the Convergence theme.
The 10 startups then hit the stage showcasing their products. Each team had just 4 minutes to demonstrate their value proposition and wow the audience with the quality of their presentations and storytelling techniques.
Following the Demo Day, the 10 teams demonstrated their products at booths and connected with audience members interested to learn more about their companies. The 2018 cohort started conversations with venture capital firms about the possibility of raising funds, securing partnerships with corporations and expanding their networks.
Reflecting on his team’s participation in SBC Smart City, Srinath Kandala, CEO of India-based Scale VR Technologies, reflected on how the program enabled their company to expand into UAE markets. “SBC Smart City Dubai helped us kickstart our business by connecting us with a network of industry leaders. We look forward to scaling our business in the UAE and expand within the MENA region thanks to the connections we made and the knowledge we gained from the mentors, partners, and trainers.”
For Dana Klein, COO of U.S.-based CloudParc, the highlight of demo day was “watching our entire group shine after months of hard work. We were truly all a team that was able to extract the best from everyone. We are excited about moving forward with business in Dubai and the UAE starting with a demo pilot at the Dtec.”
Startupbootcamp (SBC) Smart City Dubai is the first Smart City accelerator in the MENA region. Launched in 2017, the program is supported by partners including Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority, Smart Dubai, du, Dubai Chamber, Orange Business Services, Visa, and RIT Dubai. The accelerator program gives startups access to world class industry mentors, partners and investors during an intensive three-month program.
In addition, the teams benefit from cash for living expenses, free office space, a company establishment in DTEC, access to deal flow, and exclusive partner deals from leading technology providers as Amazon and more.
In total, SBC Smart City Dubai has received over 1600 applications from across the globe, facilitated 700+ face to face meetings, and graduated 20 portfolio companies.
SBC Smart City is part of a global network of 20+ industry-focused programs with a mission to support startups all over the world. Startupbootcamp provides access to a direct access to an international network of the most relevant mentors, partners, and investors to help startups scale.
To connect with and learn more about the startups of Startupbootcamp Smart City’s 2018 cohort, use the links added below.
B3 Digital Solutions, from the UAE, provides an advanced analytics platform and tools for healthcare to help doctors deliver more accurate and safer treatment at a higher scale. Using iFARM, an evidence-based platform which helps improve patient engagement and treatment outcomes, the technology offers precise recommendations and rehabilitation of patients suffering from chronic disorders such as cancer.
CloudParc, from the USA, uses advanced computer vision and artificial intelligence to automate parking in real time, streamline processes, increase revenues and lower costs. CloudParc also collects real time traffic, street, and incident data, and provides smart transportation, security/surveillance, infrastructure maintenance, private intelligence and many other smart city applications through the CloudParc API.
Earth Energy EV, from India, is an electric vehicles company helping logistics and delivery industries maximize profits by reducing fuel cost and going green using smart customised electric motorcycles and technology licenses. Earth Energy develops a range of open-ended customisable smart electric motorcycles for B2B delivery businesses. They also develop and manufacture OEM offerings for the electric vehicles supply chain like drivetrains and power solutions. Earth Energy uses a host of sensor backed data from the vehicles coupled with AI & Data Analytics to facilitate smart preventive maintenance and user scoring to determine the operational life of the system.
Greenturn Idea Factory, from India, is an IoT hardware and analytics platform that helps enterprises reduce energy spends through real-time, data-driven insights. Various research and their own experience shows that 20-30% of the energy consumed at any premise is wasted, primarily due to lack of visibility into energy usage. Greeniee helps clients understand their energy usage in real time and helps them reduce it – improving their bottom lines significantly.
Hello Pickups, from the UAE, is a smart solution for goods moving customers and companies that connects customers with the nearest movers, making the process easier by reducing negotiation and search time and providing a more cost-effective, reliable and accessible solution.
HireHunt, from Egypt, helps employers and recruiters find faster matches for their job vacancies by generating relevant shortlists and automating the screening process. The online platform provides monthly subscriptions for employers and recruiters to automate up to 70% of the usual time-consuming recruitment tasks, so they can focus on filling positions faster with the right people. With every interaction between applicants and employers, the platform gets smarter and better able to connect talents with the right opportunities to make the hiring process more efficient.
Safe Driving Network, from Egypt, is an IoT video and cloud platform that brings road safety to urban mobility and smart cities by using artificial intelligence to predict and prevent road collisions for public transportation, commercial fleets, school buses and railways. The platform offers video analytics tools and reports that help fleet managers and supervisors monitor and coach their drivers in real-time. This results in preventing accidents and collisions, reducing fuel cost by 20% through optimized driving, and lowering insurance costs.
The Uncube, from India, is a workplace management and flexibility solution. It helps companies manage their employees within and outside the office premises. It facilitates the utilization of the underutilized spaces within cities.
ScaleVR Technologies, from India, is a SaaS-based platform that allows organizations to easily build and share virtual reality experiences. Scale VR provides a SaaS-based platform for organizations to scale their business using virtual reality. The platform enables businesses to easily create and share VR experiences at an affordable cost. The proven solution caters to four major industries: Real Estate, Education, Automotive, and Product.
Wanderfy, from Canada, is an exclusive networking platform that facilitates entrepreneurs and business owners, to receive trusted business introductions and help them grow their business. Its members get business introductions curated by our algorithm based on their specific needs. This allows them to start a business relation with an initial trust.