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Hyperloop One, self-driving cars included in Dubai Future Accelerators programme

30 top emerging companies win right to work with seven Dubai government entities over 12-week period

Hyperloop One, self-driving cars included in Dubai Future Accelerators programme

Some of the world’s most innovative companies have won places to take part in Dubai Future Accelerators, a programme that seeks to test next-generation technology and new business models for the economic and strategic challenges that the UAE will face in the future.

Among the 30 firms listed were Hyperloop One, which is already undertaking a feasibility study at Jebel Ali Port, and mass transit and self-driving vehicles tech firm Next Future Transportation.

Other winners were Construction Robotics, Blockchain tech outfit Concensys and Honeywell.

Drawn from nearly 3,000 applications from 73 countries, the 30 companies will work with seven government authorities linked to the programme over a 12-week period.

The organisers of the programme hope that the results can be shared across the region and globally.

“Through this initiative, the UAE is seeking to redefine the international role of business accelerators,” said Mohammed Al Gergawi, vice chairman and managing director of Dubai Future Foundation, in a press statement.

“These accelerators will now adhere to the government’s agenda and strategies, and serve as a catalyst to research and development within the most strategic sectors, such as education, health, infrastructure, transportation, and energy.

“They will provide a global platform to develop new and innovative solutions to the most pressing challenges facing society.”

The Dubai Future Accelerators programme will feature three rounds every year, with each round lasting for three months.

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