District 2020 launches global entrepreneur programme
District 2020 has launched a global entrepreneur programme, Scale2Dubai, aimed at enabling start-ups and small businesses to become part of its innovation ecosystem. Targeting enterprises across the world, Scale2Dubai programme will build on the platform provided by Expo 2020 and carry forward the mega event’s vision of gathering global minds, while also promoting diversity, innovation, and knowledge-sharing to create lasting benefits for organisations. The programme will enable start-ups and global innovators to scale their businesses in Dubai by capitalising on the partnerships formed through their country’s participation in the first World Expo in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region.
Scale2Dubai is focused on attracting businesses in the early stages of growth that operate within industries key to Dubai’s future and innovation-economy, as well as those involved in the transformative, enabling technologies central to District 2020’s purpose.
Successful applicants to Scale2Dubai will benefit from a soft-landing into Dubai within District 2020, given the support they need to scale, adapt, and establish themselves in the UAE. The benefits they will receive include two years of free working space, support in visa and business set-up, plus more. Additionally, they’ll be empowered by District 2020’s physical and digital infrastructure, strategic geographic location, and a unique work and living ecosystem.
District 2020’s ecosystem will comprise a diverse tenant mix, attracting companies in key growth industries including logistics and transport, travel and tourism, construction and real estate, and education. District 2020 will also focus on attracting businesses involved in the disruptive technologies of artificial intelligence, blockchain, Big Data, and the Internet of Things.
The Scale2Dubai programme will facilitate access to enabling platforms such as accelerators and incubators, networks of mentors, and investors and experts within District 2020’s business ecosystem. Small businesses will benefit from direct connection to Fortune 500 companies, international organisations, and influential partners who will help them innovate and lead their business and industry forward. The ultimate goal of the programme is to gradually grow the selected small businesses and integrate them into the District 2020 business community, the UAE, and the regional marketplace.
Scale2Dubai is now accepting online registrations; applicants can submit their interest through the District 2020 website: www.district2020.ae.