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2017 FinTech Accelerator Programme

Programme completed

About the programme

If you’re a competitive FinTech startup looking for opportunities in one of the most exciting financial industry regions in the world, then this programme is for you! Our programme offers the most innovative of startups mentoring, workshops, funding opportunities, industry insights, marketing exposure and more.

Be part of this dynamic 12-week programme where you can test and develop your solutions under the mentorship of leading banking and insurance institutions. During the first phase of the programme you will get the chance to pitch your business to financial institution partners located in the UAE. Following, you will be paired with mentors to complete the second phase of the programme to further refine your product proposition and possibly engage in a Proof of Concept. The programme concludes with an Investor Day where you will get the chance to present to a large audience of investors, industry leaders, media, and other members of the FinTech Community.

Address priorities of 11 financial institution
Access to investor network of VCs and Angels, including DIFC'S USD 100M FinTech Fund
Support services from partners, including legal clinics, tech solutions and talent management workshops
Co-working space in DIFC, MEASA's leading international financial centre
Marketing & PR exposure
Events and networking opportunities with community of like-minded individuals
Fit-for purpose regulation by the DFSA
Network of partnerships with international accelerators and associations

Programme eligibility

Minimum viable product to demonstrate and provide access to partners
Require mentorship of senior banking and industry executives to either refine product or engage in Proof of Concept
One to two company representatives with technology decision-making capabilities (e.g. founder, CEO, CTO) throughout the programme

Programme Timeline

Launch Programme
Select Finalists
Run Programme
  • April - Launch programme
  • May - Open applications
  • June - Close applications
  • July - Score & interview applications with key partners
  • August - Select finalists
  • September - Welcome Day
  • September - Speed Dating
  • October - Mentorship
  • November - Investor Day