Abu Dhabi


startAD's Emirati Women Achievers 2023 Celebrates 23 Female Innovators From The UAE

Held under the theme "We Collaborate for Tomorrow," the event took place at NYUAD on August 24, 2023.


Green Future Project: Simplifying Climate Action Through Collective Action

Green Future Project provides a platform for individuals and businesses who want to gain access to effective climate solutions, and empower them to have an active role in reversing climate change.


Future Forward: Abu Dhabi's and Hub71's Roles in Driving Sustainability and Cleantech In The UAE And Beyond

As per PwC's State of Climate Tech 2022, over US$260 billion in VC money has been injected into climate tech companies since the start of 2018, and in 2022, more than a quarter of total global VC funding went towards climate technology.

Growth Strategies

Influence For Impact: Steve Harvey And Oweis Zahran, Co-Founders, MELT Middle East

Here's how Harvey and Zahran aim to use the power of celebrity to bring people together.

News and Trends

16 Startups Selected For Abu Dhabi-Based Incubator Hub71's Second Cohort Of 2022

This group of 16 pre-seed, seed, and Series-A startups has already raised over US$67 million, collectively.

Growth Strategies

Policies For Progress: Enabling The Dynamic Growth Of Social Entrepreneurs In The UAE

As a facilitator of innovation at the nexus of the public, private, and "third" sector-levels, Ma'an remains committed to investing in and enabling the next generation of innovators that will serve a socially aware, community-founded, and sustainable future for all.


Intersectional Impact: Dana Co-Founder And CEO Zada Haj Is Tackling The MENA's Needs For Sustainability And Gender Inclusion With Her Enterprise

Haj believes that creating a more robust agrifood sector with purpose-led infrastructure and appropriate financial backing will decidedly strengthen gender inclusion, as one in four entrepreneurs in the agrifood sector is female.

Starting a Business

Startup Spotlight: Here's How Abu Dhabi-Based Heidron Energy Solutions Is Producing Lighter (And Cheaper) Batteries For Electric Vehicles

By offering Li-ion batteries made out of Silicon anodes, Abu Dhabi-based Heidron Energy Solutions is looking to create a less complex and much cheaper way to produce energy sources for electric vehicles.


The UAE's ADQ and Jordan's Ministry of Digital Economy and Entrepreneurship Launch US$100 Million Tech Fund

Building on the UAE's strategic industrial partnership with Jordan, ADQ commits to investing in advancing Jordan's core sectors.

News and Trends

UAE-based META4 Group To Invest INR 250 Crore For EV Two-wheeler Plant In Telangana

The group has set up Volty Energy, which will be setting up a manufacturing plant at Zaheerabad, Telangana, by the end of this year

Women Entrepreneur™

Supermodel, Television Personality, And Entrepreneur Tyra Banks On Launching SMiZE Cream, Personal Branding, And More

"I walked into the room expecting to see all men, but there were all women ... This is not how this place [the UAE] is portrayed back home, and to see these women who are real executives, decision makers, and women in power, giving me strategy for my ice cream business, like, 'Do it like this or that,' or 'I can get you this person for distribution,' and so on, was amazing!"

News and Trends

Abu Dhabi's Supreme Council For Financial And Economic Affairs Launches AED5 Billion IPO Fund To Boost Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange

The launch comes in the midst of the Abu Dhabi government's initiatives to attract more investors into its business ecosystem in the near future.


UAE-Based Enterprise FortyGuard Makes Use Of Cutting-Edge Tech To Tackle One Of The Middle East's Most Pressing Climate-Related Issues

"FortyGuard will become a $10 billion company within five years, and $100 billion in 10 years."


We Got Funded: Abu Dhabi-Based Insurtech Startup Hala Raises US$5 Million In Series A Round To Expand Across The Middle East

With the new capital infusion, the team plans to launch its new products such as home insurance, as well as scale the enterprise across the Middle East, starting with Saudi Arabia.


Follow The Leader: H.E. Dr. Tariq Bin Hendi, Director General, Abu Dhabi Investment Office (ADIO)

Dr. Bin Hendi is clearly bullish about the potential that Abu Dhabi represents for businesses today, and he's making sure he and his team at ADIO are able to showcase this to the world at large.