DIEZ launches ‘MIT DesignX Dubai’ accelerator in partnership with Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Dubai Integrated Economic Zones Authority (DIEZ) has partnered with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to introduce MIT DesignX Dubai Accelerator, MIT’s first accelerator in the MEA aimed at facilitating the establishment of innovative businesses.

With a strong focus on sustainability, this innovative venture accelerator programme will empower entrepreneurs in the MEA to devise efficient and sustainable solutions for the world’s most pressing challenges facing the urban environment in diverse areas such as water, climate, food security and energy, through design innovation.

The accelerator provides comprehensive business development and design support, including access to MIT mentors, investors, and corporate partners.

The DesignX Dubai will be guided by distinguished MIT faculty, operating under the management of the Global Growth Hub (GGH), a leading Dubai-based management and consulting firm specialised in fostering innovation, entrepreneurship, and economic growth.  

Dr. Mohammed Al Zarooni, Executive Chairman of DIEZ, said: “DIEZ prioritises technology-driven sustainable development and supports entrepreneurs that offer smart city solutions to boost efficiency. Through our partnership with MIT and GGH, we aim to catalyse the creation of revolutionary solutions that address global challenges while positioning Dubai as a hub for sustainable entrepreneurship. DesignX signifies a substantial leap towards advancing sustainability-focused innovation not just within Dubai, but globally.”

Hashim Sarkis, Dean of the School of Architecture & Planning at MIT, expressed his enthusiasm about this partnership, saying: “This initiative will provide an ideal platform for cutting-edge projects to flourish, showcasing MIT’s unwavering dedication to addressing global challenges through innovation and entrepreneurship. By granting teams access to MIT’s accomplished faculty, mentors, and resources, we aim to foster groundbreaking solutions for a more sustainable future.”

He added: “DIEZ is the ideal partner for this initiative, given its commitment to smart city solutions and its status as a preferred destination for technology entrepreneurs.”

With a global footprint spanning Hong Kong, Venice, Boston, Mexico City and Reykjavik, DesignX has nurtured and graduated 118 companies with a combined portfolio valuation of approximately US$1 billion.

Since its establishment in 2016, the MIT DesignX program has been at the forefront of driving design innovation and fostering ventures that address crucial issues and opportunities in design, urban environments, and human-built interactions. By harnessing the profound expertise of MIT’s faculty and mentors, the MIT DesignX Dubai Accelerator will guide ten visionary teams through developing their sustainability-focused innovations, from conceptualisation to practical realisation.

Entrepreneurs can apply to join the programme on https://www.mdxb.mit.edu/.