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After its successful debut in 2018, the Techstars Dubai Accelerator in partnership with GINCO will host its second class in 2019 starting on 20th of January and Demo Day held on the 18th of April. Our second year of operation will continue the world class mentorship-driven programming in partnership with GINCO Investments and will be located at the brand new facilities of the Dubai Future Foundation’s Area 2071, a visionary government initiative, at the iconic Emirates Towers.

Our program is agnostic to any industry sectors and has a special theme around ‘Smart Cities’. Our definition of ‘Smart Cities’ is broad: covering enterprise software, logistics, mobility, industrial, e-commerce, smart energy and environment that are scalable anywhere in the world.

We are looking for exceptional founders, from all corners of the globe, who may be enterprise-ready or not, but are nevertheless tackling the mundane to the big, important problems with the use of disruptive solutions.

Founders that are developing leading edge technology for future smart cities, and the use of applications such as IOT, artificial intelligence, virtual or augmented reality, big data, machine vision, blockchain, or even quantum physics are encouraged to apply.

You can start your application now, but stay tuned for more information about how to meet us during our upcoming meet and greet trips. Also, be sure to join our webinar where I will tell you more about the program. We ideally want to meet you in person or via video if possible and want to use that time to learn more about your company. I look forward to listening to your pitches.


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Vijay Tirathrai Vijay Tirathrai
Vijay is the managing director of the Techstars Dubai Accelerator in partnership with GINCO. Vijay is a serial entrepreneur, mentor and a seasoned C-level executive. He has over 30 years of international experience in startups, business development and transformation roles covering several industries.