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Ventures Lab to Give 11 More Startups Funding as Platform Expands Intake in Year Two

Ventures Lab, the venture building program, is set to expand the amount of funding teams it intakes by 65 per cent. Hub71, Abu Dhabi’s global tech ecosystem, and Modus, the venture platform comprising VC funds, venture builders, and a corporate innovation arm will now allow the venture building platform to help build 28 startups compared to 17 the year before.

To date, Hub71 and Modus have successfully raised AED 40 million for founding teams to co-build startups and access capital through Ventures Lab.

Abu Dhabi’s global tech ecosystem and Modus launched Ventures Lab one year ago to support early-stage founders from around the world to develop successful and scalable startups from Abu Dhabi.

The nine-month program enables founders to work with Modus to co-build ideas into operational companies, while testing and validating product-market fit and developing minimum viable products (MVPs) that are market-ready. Startups onboarded to the program will also benefit from Hub71’s community of entrepreneurs, funds, and corporate and government partners.

Ventures Lab has attracted almost 1,700 applications from entrepreneurs seeking to build startups through the venture builder, with over 60 per cent of those accepted into the program being Emirati Nationals or female founders.

Fit on Click, a UAE-based fitness, wellness and sports solution provider, successfully closed a funding round as part of Ventures Lab, raising $1.5million in pre-series A funding. Other successes include Koble, a UK-based AI-powered platform that supports investors with making better investment decisions, which is finalising a seven figure pre-seed funding round.

Meanwhile Oscar, a sustainability-focused procurement company created and developed at Ventures Lab, is now being trialled by large stakeholders and is in talks to close significant distribution deals in the region.

Mayadin, an online booking platform for sports venues across the UAE, also built their MVP and launched out of Ventures Lab and is starting to onboard some of the most prominent and in-demand venues in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. The remaining startups in the program are operating in stealth mode and will be launching soon.

The companies built are diversified across several sectors, including fintech, healthtech, cleantech, sportsteech, edtech, and artificial intelligence, with up to $450,000 allocated to each startup during the program.

Peter Abou Hachem, head of strategy and product at Hub71, said: “Ventures Lab is truly gaining traction in the Abu Dhabi market that is ripe with opportunity for game changing concepts and disruptive business models. Partnering with Modus is benefiting founders with the right level of support needed to co-build their MVPs, improve their product-market fit and launch their businesses, which is why we’re expanding the program to put more startups in the best position to succeed long-term.”

Kareem Elsirafy, managing partner at Modus, commented: “Hub71 has built an incredible and supportive tech ecosystem that has been integral to taking our venture-built companies to the next level. Ventures Lab provides a critical support system and safety net to founders with its operations heavy approach, providing substantial value to all onboarded companies and founders. We look forward to working alongside Hub71 and our founders to build even bigger, better, and game-changing startups in the year ahead.”

Hub71 has created an ecosystem of venture capital funds, and global and local tech companies. The tech ecosystem is designing value-driven programs to position founders for commercial opportunities and increased fundraising potential, allowing them to capture growth opportunities and fulfill their ambition. Since inception, Hub71 startups raised AED 3.2 billion from renowned investors globally and generated AED 2.7 billion revenues.


  • Francis is a journalist and our lead LatAm correspondent, with a BA in Classical Civilization, he has a specialist interest in North and South America.

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