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2018 FinTech Accelerator Programme

Programme completed

About the programme

If you’re a competitive FinTech, InsurTech, RegTech or Islamic 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 and insurance partners located in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Jordan. 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 21 financial institution and insurance partners
Access to investor network of VCs and Angels, including DIFC'S USD 100M FinTech Fund
Support services from partners worth over USD 50K, including legal clinics, tech solutions and talent management workshops
Co-working space in DIFC, MEASA's leading international financial centre
USD 1.5M of marketing & PR exposure
Events and networking opportunities with community of like-minded individuals
Fit-for purpose regulation by the DFSA, including fast-tracked application to regulatory sandbox scheme (Innovation Testing License)
Network of partnerships with 10 international accelerators and associations

Programme eligibility

Demonstrate Minimum Viable Product and be willing to provide partners to it during the programme
Demonstrate that access to Financial Services executives will have a meaningful impact on your growth prospects
Nominate 1-2 members of your Senior Team (e.g. Founder/ CEO and/or CTO/ Lead Developer) as representatives
Commit at least 1 representative to be in Dubai at any point in time during the 3-month 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