Organisations taking part in Hub71‘s incentive programme, the Company Building Program, have the opportunity to receive up to AED 750,000 in total through cash and in-kind incentives as the tech ecosystem provides greater value for firms joining its community.
For the first time, Hub71 will gain an ownership interest in startups selected to join its Company Building Program. It offers comprehensive support packages designed to nurture the potential of high-growth companies and empower founders with the resources to create a lasting impact.
Startups joining its revamped Incentive Program will receive up to AED 250,000 worth of in-kind incentives in the form of support services. Furthermore, they will receive AED 250,000 in cash for equity, assisting founders in accessing readily available capital. Upon completion of the one-year Company Building Program, top-performing startups selected by Hub71 can receive up to an additional AED 250,000 cash incentive in exchange for additional equity.
Abu Dhabi is the fastest-growing startup ecosystem by value in the Middle East and North Africa region. Not to mention it is the sixth fastest globally. The revamped offering aims to enhance the growth journey for ventures in the region and ensure an innovative growth environment.
Breaking down the Company Building Program
The first cash incentive will be provided by Hub71 through a Simple Agreement for Future Equity (SAFE) based on founder-friendly terms tailored for the Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) jurisdiction.
Founders will be able to access cash upon onboarding. Consequently, they can fund the growth of their businesses without having to undergo a funding round. When the startup proceeds with a formal funding round, Hub71 will exercise its right under the SAFE to take an equity interest in the startup. This newly established approach is designed with founders in mind. It offers a streamlined and investor-friendly way for startups seeking to expand globally from Abu Dhabi to raise capital.
Ahmad Ali Alwan, deputy CEO of Hub71, said: “Building on our reputation for championing the growth of early-stage tech companies, our revamped Company Building Program represents a natural progression for Hub71, which has been a launchpad for over 200 startups in the Hub71 program that have raised almost AED 5 billion collectively.
“This impact and shift to provide greater value to our startup community solidifies our commitment to founders. Especially as we aim to enhance the growth trajectory of innovative companies with the simplicity and flexibility needed to ensure they succeed.
“Our dedication will go beyond financial support. We are deeply invested in the success of startups in our community. We will remain engaged in ensuring their sustainable growth and development in Abu Dhabi and beyond.”
Creating a prosperous market
Startups that join Hub71’s Company Building Program enter a vibrant community. They can benefit from an extensive network of corporations, investment partners, and government entities. All the while unlocking the advantages of Abu Dhabi’s marketplace.
To further accelerate growth, startups enroll in a three-month course as part of the programme. They will receive expert mentorship, tailored advice and critical support. Founders will gain the expertise and guidance of Hub71. As a result, this will facilitate introductions to its partners, increasing the prospect of commercial deals and successful fundraising.