The Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Dubai Startup Hub initiative has launched eight guides to help startups in the UAE do business, as the Chamber concluded its fifth and final ‘Networking Series’.
Organised in cooperation with Virtuzone, the Series target startups and entrepreneurs and ran from mid-October to mid-December 2020.
The new guides cover eight key sectors, namely, Fintech, Healthcare, Transportation, Education, F&B, Social Impact, Sustainability, and Travel, Tourism & Hospitality. They provide ample resources – including relevant data, statistics, opportunities, and legislation – for entrepreneurs looking to launch startups in each of the eight sectors, additionally offering advice on how to apply for licences.
The guides also provide a comprehensive list of business incubators and accelerators that can help entrepreneurs grow their startups, as well as events and conferences that focus on their specific sectors.
The fifth edition of Dubai Chamber’s Networking Series drew more than 360 participants, 22% of them Emirati entrepreneurs, in addition to startup owners from around the world tuning in for the virtual event.
“The guides are an innovative new tool to help promising startups in each of the target sectors,” asserted Natalia Sycheva, Senior Manager, Special Projects and Entrepreneurship at Dubai Chamber. “They form part of the Chamber’s plan to address the repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic, where a significant chunk of our investments has been earmarked for knowledge-building and providing information for entrepreneurs and startups at this critical time.”
“The Dubai Startup Hub’s mandate is to support emerging companies and help them understand and navigate the procedures for establishing businesses in Dubai,” she explained. “The initiative serves to facilitate the exchange of knowledge and lays solid foundations for partnership and cooperation, all in an effort to drive growth in the emirate’s startup scene. This ultimately boosts Dubai’s entrepreneurial ecosystem and strengthens its position as a global destination for new businesses.”
Dubai Chamber’s Networking Series has drawn more than 1,650 participants throughout its five editions, including entrepreneurs, startup founders, and investors, where a total of 48 meetings were held. Attendees came together to showcase success stories, explore ways to overcome challenges, highlight the necessary tools for business development, and help create an environment for networking and building new relationships.
Established by Dubai Chamber in 2016, Dubai Startup Hub is the first initiative of its kind in the Middle East and North Africa region, with a mandate to emphasise the value of public and private sector collaboration, in addition to fostering innovation and entrepreneurship as key drivers of the economy in Dubai and the UAE.
The initiative provides a multi-programme platform for entrepreneurs from around the world to explore business opportunities in Dubai, while also enabling them to benefit from a set of initiatives and services, such as the Market Access Programme, Emirati Development Programme, Dubai Smartpreneur Competition, and the Co-Founder Dubai Programme, among others.
Dubai Startup Hub’s eight guides can be viewed and downloaded on its website:https://www.dubaichamber.com/dubaistartuphub/knowledge-hub/industry-guides/