Dubai Startup Hub seek business partners for selected startups in the second cohort of Co-Founder Dubai programme
Dubai Startup Hub, an initiative of Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, has launched the second cycle of its Co-Founder Dubai programme, which connects eleven selected startups to aspiring co-founders offering industry specific expertise that can support growth and success in the Dubai market. Prospective co-founders will have until April 6th to submit their applications and be considered for an opportunity to become a business owner supporting the selected startups, which are listed on the Dubai Startup Hub website. Eleven promising startups selected for this second cohort include Hamples, Gigthree, Hikayati, Parfumery, Pharma Global, Viugo, NutriCal, Storically, Believe Nutritionand Braidboxx.
The Co-Founder Dubai programme provides comprehensive matchmaking, training support, expert legal and HR advice, digital tools and pitching sessions with investors and industry experts. Other benefits include access to a network of top tech startups who are hiring, tailored networking sessions with leading startup founders, customised training workshops, practical business advice, marketing and media exposure.
Natalia Sycheva, Senior Manager of Entrepreneurship and Special Projects, noted that the programme offers a fresh and holistic approach to supporting local and international startups through strengthening their leadership teams, making the business more competitive, resilient and attractive to investors.
Dubai Startup Hub received 140 enquiries from the startups that were searching for business partners, Sycheva revealed, adding that more than half of the selected eleven businesses have female led teams. Over 60 applications in the 2021 cycle came from international startups spanning the MENA, Canada, Africa, India, Brazil and Russia regions, all interested in entering the Dubai market.
Established in 2016, Dubai Startup Hub is the first initiative of its kind in the Middle East and North Africa region. The initiative is designed to emphasise the value of public and private sector collaboration and embodies the aim of encouraging innovation and entrepreneurship as a main driver of the economy of Dubai and the UAE.