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2023 FinTech Accelerator Programme

Applications open

About the programme

Are you a competitive FinTech, InsurTech, RegTech or Islamic FinTech startup? Are you looking for opportunities in the Middle East, one of the most exciting financial industry regions in the world? Then this programme is for you! 

DIFC FinTech Hive's accelerator programme offers the most innovative of startups access to the region's largest financial industry banks and insurance companies for partnership opportunities, exposure to investors and marketing exposure.

This three month programme will match stuartups with fintech industry entities. The cohort will undergo a selection process where we will evaluate the suitability of your technology to our partners' strategic priorities for the year. Following, you will get the chance to pitch your business to senior stakeholders of the leading financial partners in the Middle East.

The programme will conclude with an Investor Day, here in Dubai, UAE, where you will get the chance to present to a larger 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!

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Build proof-of-concepts for the region's financial institution and insurance companies
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Fast-track access to investor network including DIFC's USD 100M FinTech Fund
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Workshops & support services from 55+ ecosystem partners
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Co-working space in DIFC
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Marketing & PR exposure
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Events and networking opportunities with FinTech community
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Access to regulatory sandbox (Innovation Testing License)
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Connect with 17+ global FinTech hubs

Programme eligibility

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Demonstrate Minimum Viable Product
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Demonstrate that access to Financial Services executives will have a meaningful impact on your growth prospects
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Nominate 1-2 members of your Senior Team (e.g. Founder/ CEO/ CTO) as representatives
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Provide a demo to partners & ability to illustrate excellent pitch presentations

Programme Timeline

Launch Programme
Run Programme
Conclude Programme
  • January - June: Scouting the world for Fintech Solutions
  • August: Cohort Onboarding
  • September: Welcome-day Event & cohort attend bootcamp led by ecosystem partners
  • October - November: Fintech Hive connects financial industry partners individually with their selected startups
  • November - Investor Day

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