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Rethink what's possible in 2022: the world needs more entrepreneurs to lead the way in creating a better future, for everyone.

Whether you have already launched a startup or are still in the idea-phase, now is the time to act. As the global community moves incrementally toward an eventual post-pandemic future, today it remains filled with reshuffled industries and new problems in need of solutions. As we continue into 2022 and beyond, each and every entrepreneur has the opportunity to play a part in helping shape that better future.

That's why we are excited to announce applications are now open for the UAE Virtual 2022 program.

If you could use a structured process and a lifetime of support from UAE's top investors and entrepreneurs to build something meaningful, then apply to the UAE Virtual 2022 Founder Institute today.

Program Update: This accelerator will be run online with local and international mentors, with the potential for some optional in-person networking. Learn more on our Virtual Program FAQ page.

We will be hosting several free startup events in UAE over the coming weeks, where you can learn from top entrepreneurs from the comfort of your home:

  • WEBINAR: Founder Institute Online Information Session:
  • [Restricted Access] VIP Speed Mentoring: Get Feedback and Network with Top FI Mentors on 10:00pm, Jan 26, 2022 (Asia/Muscat):
  • Learn How to Create an Admired Company Brand with Fabian Geyrhalter on 10:00pm, Feb 02, 2022 (Asia/Muscat):
  • [Restricted Access] Founder Leadership AMA with Wendy Ryan + VIP Alumni Networking Summit on 10:00pm, Feb 17, 2022 (Asia/Muscat):
  • Co-Founder Speed Matchmaking & Networking: Find a Business Partner, Online on 9:00pm, Mar 23, 2022 (Asia/Muscat):
  • Founder Showcase: Pre-Seed Startup Pitch & Networking Event (Online) on 9:00pm, Apr 06, 2022 (Asia/Muscat):

Based in Silicon Valley and with chapters across 200+ cities worldwide, the Founder Institute is designed to help you build an enduring business that can survive and thrive in the “new normal.” We do this by giving you a clear process, combined with constant feedback from a devoted network of international entrepreneurs and investors. Participants in the 4-month core program also get access to a lifetime of support through the Founder Institute's industry-leading free post-programs.

The UAE accelerator is led by some of the region's top startup leaders, including Muamar MagamSameer SorturShamimuzzaman Chowdhury, and Zaheer Nasser. In addition, some of Dubai's top investors, entrepreneurs, and CEOs will be participating as mentors in the program, providing expert feedback and evaluation. The list of startup mentors for the UAE Founder Institute includes:

  • Abdulaziz Alkhudarie: Legal Researcher, YSA - Law firm & Tax Lwgal Consultancy
  • Abdulrahman Al Saati: Founder & CEO, Saati Adventures
  • Abdulrazaq Elayyan: Founder, Optics CenteR
  • Abe Seksek: COO MENA and Russia , Rainmaking
  • Agha Khan
  • Ahmad Addas: Technology Consultant, PwC Middle East
  • Ahmad Jamous: Leadership & Business Strategy Advisor, Flow
  • Ahmed Wazir: Entrepreneurial Marketeer, Hakawati
  • Ahmed Mushtaq: Founder, Sohody
  • Ahmed Saharti: CEO, SLCCO
  • Ahmed AbuSulayman: Managing partner , AbuSulayman & Hashim Law Firm
  • Ahmed Hegazy: Innovation Strategy Advisor, Oracle
  • Ahmed Elmowalad: Senior Program Manager , Amazon Web Services
  • Akram El Youssi: Founder & CEO, INSTAVAL
  • Alaa Ahmed: CEO & Co-founder, Aleem
  • Ali Rampurwala: Head of Private Equity , Abu Dhabi Capital Group
  • Amal Dokhan: Partner MENA, 500 Startups
  • Aman Merchant: Founder & Chief Optimizer, epiq360
  • Amro Zakaria: CEO, Madarik Capital
  • Ankur Bahl, Pursueit, Inc.
  • Anmar Hashim
  • Anshu Srivastav: Founder, Multiple Startups
  • Areej Alarifi: Trainer, Freelancer
  • Arian Hashemi: Founder, Brand Husl
  • Arvind Sahay, UnCommon VC
  • Ashish Sinha: Senior Startup Business Development- MENA, Amazon Web Services (AWS)
  • Azhar Kurdi: Certified SME Consultant | Marketing and Business Development Strategy, SME Support Center
  • Bahar Alharbi: Founding managing partner, Startups House
  • Basil Moftah: General Partner, Global Ventures
  • Biancka Gracias: Partner, Head of Department: Startups & SMEs, ICLO (International Consultant Law Office)
  • Bill Ashlock: Founder, BOSA Advisers
  • Brian Proffitt: Partner, Disruptive Capital Finance
  • Briar Prestidge: Founder and CEO, Prestidge Group PR
  • Briar Prestidge: Founder and CEO, Prestidge Group PR
  • Carey Brown: Solutions Architect, AKKB Solutions
  • Carmen Mateos: FI Mentor, FI UAE
  • Carolin Carmen Neubauer: COO, Fero.Ai
  • Chanakya  Sinha : Co-Founder , Connected Community
  • Chennakeshav Adya: Managing Partner, Adan Corporate Finance
  • Chetan Mehta, Wami Capital - Single Family Office
  • Chetan Nagendra, Quoqo
  • Chintan Oza: President - India Region, OneQuantum
  • Christopher Omoregie
  • Costantino  Spagnoletti: CEO & Co-Founder , Smartender
  • Cristian Onetiu: Entrepreneur, Life Care Corp
  • Daniel Mathon
  • David Haddad: Venture Capital , Superscout Fund
  • Dimitris Polychronopoulos: Oslo Chapter Director, FI Mentor
  • Doaa Bin Thabit: Founder, Packageha
  • Donald Thomas: Head Of Partnerships, Network International
  • Dr. Douha Attiah: Designer and Colour specialist, Founder of The sketchiniZer tools
  • Dr. Fatimah Ba Othman: Founder, Artificial Intelligence & Blockchain Research
  • Dr. Nebila Dhieb: CEO, Transformative Education
  • Dr. Raashid Saiyed: Founder, R&A Advisory
  • Dr. Rahaf Almarzouki: Lecturer , King Abdulaziz University
  • Dr. Taghreed Alsaraj: CEO & Co-founder of Upskillable , Upskillable
  • Ebrahim Alsafi: Financial control manager, visual ads, visual arts, azaam alarab, giant vision
  • Elias Bou Ghosn: Founder , REACH
  • Elodie Robin Guillerm: defence start up accelerator , Hub 71
  • Faisal Raja
  • Fouad Fadil Basyyoni: Founder, StartupHouse
  • Gary Hoff: Creative Partner , GROUP OF HUMANS®
  • Guillaume Chabot: Senior Investment Associate, Reech Corporations Group (Family Office)
  • Harshdeep Singh Mendiratta: Product Lead, Cashew Payments
  • Hassan Qadi: Co-founder, Beemkan
  • Heba Attiah: User Experience Development Consultant
  • Hind Al Nahedh: CEO,
  • Hussein A. Attar: Co Founder, Sawerly
  • Ivan Ivanka: President & CEO, Ivanka Group
  • Jassem Osseiran: Chief Operations Officer, Semper Fortis Esports PLC
  • Jay Masri: Sales Director, PiLog Group
  • Jeff Bennett: General Manager, Husqvarna Construction
  • Jon Edward Santillan: Founder, Denarii Cash
  • Jonathan Steingiesser: Head Of Design , Property Finder
  • José Francisco Fernandez Serna: Angel Investor & Expert, European Institute of Innovation & Technology, EU
  • Joseph Wehbe: Co-Founder & CEO , DAIMLAS
  • Kadir Ceran: Corporate Director, Etkin Project Managment Consultancy
  • Katie Mapondera: Founder and Managing Partner, Q L and D LLC
  • Kimberly Ofori: Founder , Growth Republic & GV Studio
  • Krastina Zhivkova: Sustainable Business Development Expert, Various
  • Laila Kabab: Communications Consultant
  • Louisa De Beer: Head of Strategy & Partnership, Blossom Accelerator
  • Mahesh Jaishankar: CEO , Arc Solutions
  • Mai Alem: Co-Founder, The Digital Forces
  • Manal Rayess: Founder & Chief Imagineer, Garage-X
  • Mara Rada: CEO & Chief Naming Strategist, Citronade Naming Agency
  • Maria Paula Oliveira: Chief Innovation Officer, MENA, EY
  • Milind Singh: Co-Founder , Xare
  • Misbah Uddin: Managing Director, Ankura Consulting Group, LLC
  • Moaz Hamid: Founder/CEO, mvmt inc.
  • Mohamed Azman: Director and CEO, Aufenbach Private Limited
  • Mohammed Zaid Shaikh: Innovation Lead , Amity Education Group
  • Muamar Magam: Managing Partner , Quintus LTC
  • Mudassar Nazir: Technical Team Lead, Freelancer
  • Muna Alamer: Managing Partner , Naqaa Sustainability Solutions
  • Mustafa Cakir: Co-founder, PATENT EFFECT
  • Nader Sabry: Growth Hacker 🚀 Strategist 🎯 Bestselling Author 📚 - Keynote Speaker🎙,
  • Nadia Alexander: Product and Growth Expert, Director Female Intiatives
  • Naguib Chowdhury: Founder, CoCreate
  • Nahla Juma’ah: C0-Founder, OmniHub IT start up
  • Naresh Phanfat: CFO, Global Investment Holding Company
  • Natalie Sleiman: Partner - Technology, Professional Services and D&I, Stanton Chase Executive Search
  • Neeti Virmani: Venture Partner, Loyal VC
  • Nikita Krasnov
  • Nitin Bhalla: Founder, Kregzo
  • Omar Al Juraifani: Member of Board Directors (Executive committe) , MSC
  • Othman Wael Elsharif: CEO, SmartGroup
  • Padmini Gupta: CEO , rise and Xare
  • Rafeek Samaan: Sales Director - Power Generation(Renewable)/Energy Efficiency/Digital AI&ML/Oil&Gas, GE Power
  • Rasha Hisham: Senior Associate - Fintech and Financial Regulation , PwC Legal Middle East
  • Rawan Al Ghamdi: Co- Founder, LORIS
  • Renjit Philip: Head- Business Development (MEA), Symbo Insurance
  • Roberto Croci: Managing Director, Microsoft for Startups MEA
  • Rohit Ghai: Founder, 10 Leaves
  • Ryan Micheletti: Head of Global Operations, Founder Institute
  • Saiba Singh: Manager, Digital - YUM / KFC, Ex-Google & Founder, Sugar Rush
  • Saima Siddiqui
  • Sameer Sortur: Regional Director GCC, Founder Institute
  • Sara Khalid Al Zahrani: Co-Founder, Founding Team Leader, Loris, uKoken
  • Sara Bin Ladin: CEO, Azha Workshop
  • Sara  Abu Zahra: Media Partnerships, MENA & India , Snap Inc.
  • Sathish Jeyakumar: Founder -, Co-Founder & CTO -
  • Sayed Ahmad Sayed: Co-Founder, Asehaa
  • Scott Gillespie: Founder & Director, Jigsaw Group
  • Shahira Hemeda: Founder, NŪR
  • Shaima Ghafoor: Cofounder,
  • Shamim Chowdhury: Co-founder & Transformation Partner, Letsrise
  • Sidra Aziz: Manager, PiFlow
  • Siraj Nazer: Managing Director,
  • Steve Carlin: CEO, Kebek Ventures
  • Sultan Al Haji: President , Alliance Française
  • Tao Xiao: Managing Partner, NH MANAGEMENT
  • Tariq Riaz
  • Uzair Rashid: Head of New Product Development, Cardinal Health
  • Vera Futorjanski: Founder & CEO, Veritas Ventures
  • Viktorija Aksionova: Founder & CEO , MindTales
  • Wajdi Abushabab: Dr. , Career International
  • Waleed Helal: Marketing Communications Manager, Allegion
  • Walied Elamien: Platform Partnerships, Facebook
  • Walied Albasheer: CEO, Intuitio OU
  • Yousef Khatib: Founder, MNJM, Ykhatib Studio
  • Yusra Ali Khan: Digital Marketing Manager, SDC App
  • Zaheer Nasser: Chief Operating Officer, Doctoori

  • And many more to be announced.

Since 2009, the Founder Institute has helped over  5,000 Alumni raise over $1.5 billion funding, get into seed-accelerators, generate traction, recruit a team, build a product, transition from employee to entrepreneur, and more (see the FI 10 Year Impact Report here).

Join us in UAE to help build the future. 

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