By Sam Bridge
Dubai picks start-ups from the US, Europe, India, South Korea, Singapore, Latvia, Ireland, Andorra, Finland, New Zealand, Germany and Australia
Dubai Future Accelerators (DFA), an initiative of Dubai Future Foundation (DFF), has launched the seventh cohort of its program that seeks to position Dubai as a hub for innovation.
DFA said it will continue to bring together top start-ups and entrepreneurs to focus on the identification and deployment of prototypes and products at a city-wide scale.
Based upon the challenges provided by the participating entities – Dubai Police, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, Roads and Transport Authority, Dubai Health Authority, Knowledge and Human Development Authority and Etisalat Digital – 688 start-ups and scale-ups from around the world applied to join the 7th DFA cohort.
After a vetting and selection process, 27 companies from 16 countries were selected from the US, Europe, India, South Korea, Singapore, Latvia, Ireland, Andorra, Finland, New Zealand, Germany and Australia.
The solutions provided by the participating companies range from artificial intelligence, virtual and augmented reality, IoT and autonomous driving to retail-tech, healthcare tech, educational tech and smart robotics.
During the 9-week program, the companies will work with the partner entities to test their solutions and explore how their products and services could be leveraged by their respective partner entities.
The program was launched in 2016 by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, chairman of the Executive Council and chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Dubai Future Foundation.
Abdulaziz Al Jaziri, deputy CEO and chief operations officer at Dubai Future Foundation, said: “The program has been created to jump-start collaborations between DFA’s partners and participating startups while supporting them in understanding the market and local business culture as well as connecting them to a wider ecosystem to maximize their potential.”
Cohort 7 Challenges
The Future of Policing and Security: Dubai Police is looking at innovative ways to realizing the leadership’s vision of making Dubai the happiest city in the world. As a result, they are testing AI-powered solutions in the field of data analytics and port security.
The Future of Energy and Water: Dubai Electricity and Water Authority seeks to find proactive, sustainable and innovative solutions to the most important challenges related to its sector by employing 4IR technologies such as artificial intelligence, blockchain, drones, automation, the Internet of Things, augmented reality.
The Future of Transport: The Roads and Transport Authorities has selected tech-solutions in the field of smart monitoring, futuristic wayfinding and innovative cooling.
The Future of Healthcare: The Dubai Health Authority is focusing on patient safety during surgery and early intervention.
The Future of Education and Life Long Learning: KHDA has selected start-ups and scale-ups to help create lifelong learning experiences for individuals, the community and the planet.
The Future of Telecommunications and Digital Retail: Etisalat Digital is focusing on tech-solutions for automated user acceptance testing and augmented reality & service delivery experience, plus disruptive solutions in the field digital retail experience.