Startup Bridge GCC - An Introduction to Doing Business in UAE

Online Program | Tuesday, January 16, 2024

The GCC region is undergoing a significant economic shift from its traditional oil-dependent model towards non-oil sectors, with technology playing a pivotal role in this transformation. Experiencing a surge in its tech landscape, the GCC is emerging as a promising tech hub. Currently hosting six unicorns and fostering over 300 'soonicorns' within its dynamic startup environment, the GCC is poised to reshape the tech landscape. With attributes such as economic stability, an appealing investment climate, workforce mobility, and a high quality of life, this region stands as a beacon for tech innovation.

Projections indicate that by 2030, the GCC's digital economy is anticipated to surpass an impressive $400 billion. In response to these compelling developments, we are introducing Startup Bridge GCC—an exclusive program meticulously crafted for tech startups seeking entry into the thriving GCC region. This initiative offers customized programming and a dedicated platform for startups to explore the burgeoning tech ecosystem in the GCC.

We are honored to announce Maria Kotova, Regional Director of the Middle East, as a mentor and keynote speaker at the Startup Bridge GCC. Leveraging her extensive experience, Maria will provide insight into Doing Business in the UAE, an introduction to the UAEs business environment, and an overview of the legal and financial implications with a focus on Dubai as a major financial center.  

About the program: 

Startup Bridge GCC is a comprehensive 4-week program meticulously designed to provide strategic support for high-potential tech startups. The focus is on fostering growth within the GCC market, encompassing key economies such as the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, and Kuwait. 

Who Must Apply?

  • Fast-growing innovative and technology startups from across the globe, wanting to expand in the GCC region.
  • Traction in home market or other emerging markets.
  • Business potential to Scale.
  • Scope and Readiness for the GCC market.
  • Have a minimum team strength, revenues and appetite for GCC expansion.
  • Need to understand cultural and business nuances of a fast-growing market. 

Program Structure: 

Virtual Workshops:

  • Creating product market fit
  • Elevator pitch for Investors and customers
  • Branding and Design

Keynote Sessions:

  • Perspective of Industry experts
  • Understanding schemes and incentives for startups
  • Exploring legal and regulatory frameworks

Network Enablement Sessions:

  • Connecting with tech startups from the region
  • Introduction to business enablers
  • Collaborations with market leaders from the region

B2B Introductions:

  • Connecting with Industry Leaders
  • Facilitating Collaboration and Partnerships
  • Supporting Commercial Engagements

Market Immersion:

  • Participation in top tradeshows and conferences
  • Delegation visits to universities and tech parks
  • Exploring incubators 

 Program Takeaways:

  • Product Positioning Strategy
  • Building a Local Presence
  • Establishing a Strong Network
  • Access to Government Initiatives
  • Selling in the GCC
  • Understanding Investment Landscape
  • Soft Business Landing
  • B2B Connects
  • Access to Incubators

Price: $999

For any inquiries, please contact Maria Kotova at

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