StartAD launches on February 18 for fintech startups

Entrepreneurship programme will allow 10 startups to pitch their ideas to investors

Innovation platform startAD will host a ten-day entrepreneurship programme, Venture Launchpad, at New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD), from February 18-27.

It will see ten fintech startups pitch their business ideas to investors. UAE-based early-stage startups are encouraged to apply by February 12, 2018, the application deadline.

The programme will equip them with the tools and knowledge to develop a scalable and capital efficient scheme. These include insights into crowdfunding, peer-to-peer lending, blockchain, algorithmic trading, credit scoring, cryptocurrency, payments, insurance tech and money transferrals.

The one-on-one meetings will allow investors to add ‘real value’ into the venture, according to startAD executive director Erkki Aaltonen.

The programme has partnered with a number of prominent business organisations including UAE Exchange, Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM), IBM, Etihad and Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank (ADCB).


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