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2020 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 14-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 Middle East. 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.

Best of all, we do not take an equity stake from startups who participate in our accelerator programme!


Build proof-of-concepts for the region's financial institution and insurance companies
Fast-track access to investor network including DIFC's USD 100M FinTech Fund
Support services from 60+ partners
Co-working space in DIFC, ranked 8th in the Global Financial Centres Index
Marketing & PR exposure
Events and networking opportunities with FinTech community
Access to regulatory sandbox (Innovation Testing License)
Connect with 15+ global FinTech hubs

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
  • 20 Jan - 30 June: Scouting
  • 13 July - 15 July: Interviews
  • 23 Aug - 3 Sep: Programme kick-off & bootcamp
  • 6 - 17 Sep: Speed Dating
  • 20 Sep - 26 Nov: Mentorship
  • 30 Nov: Investor Day