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The GCC Founder Institute, the local chapter of the world's largest pre-seed startup accelerator, is proud to announce the newest Alumni from the GCC Fall 2023 program.

After meticulous selection process and intense four months of aggressive business-building sprints, constant evaluation, and feedback from investors and mentors, just four companies were able to make it through. 

Each of these Founders have demonstrated a high level of perseverance and creativity, and their businesses have been thoroughly vetted and supported by a panel of GCC's top startup experts and investors.  

And now, without further ado, we present the Alumni of the GCC program: 

  • HydroArt - a company developing an automated hydroponic garden device for growing food at home.
  • Kiygi Private - a startup building a mobile application for personalized skin analysis and recommendations.
  • QYUBIC -  an affiliate marketing technology company that empowers e-commerce businesses in the MENA region to scale.
  • Tech Hive-FZE - a solution for affordable and certified personal trainers.

The GCC Fall 2023 program would not have been possible without help, because it truly takes a city to raise a startup.

Join us at GCC Founder Institute Graduation Event on December 19

GCC Local Directors 

We would first like to thank the Local Directors of the GCC Founder Institute: Ayhan K. Isaacs (Head of Global Growth, Founder Institute), Carmen Mateos ( Innovation Senior Manager, GELLIFY Middle East), Dr. Hanan El Basha (Founder & CEO, The Business Doctor & The Global Businesswomen), FI GCC (-, -), Katie Mapondera (Founder & Managing Director, Q L and D LLC), Sameer Sortur (Founder & CEO , SquareCircle Ventures). Our Local Leaders play an incredibly important role in building the local Founder Institute program, and creating an environment and network in GCC that is conducive to building to great companies.

In addition, the GCC Fall 2023 program was supported by some of GCC's top technology organizations, including:

Some of GCC’s top startup mentors helped our founders in the program, including:

* Adrian Cernautan * Benjamin Stacey * Bianca Gracias * Briar Prestidge * Dr. Hanan El Basha * Dr. Rakesh Bhatia * Enad Kanaan * Filip Karwala * Ibrahim Kamalmaz * Idowu Akinde * Ihab Tabbara * Jonathan Steingiesser * Katie Mapondera * Kimberly Ofori * Luisa Baltazar * Mahesh Jaishankar * Mara Rada * Michele  Tarnow  * Muamar Magam * Nader Sabry * Padmini Gupta * Patrick O'Connor-Read * Renjit Philip * Ryan Mendonca * Ryan Micheletti * Shamim Chowdhury * Stephanie Nour Prince * Tarek Ghobar * Theodore Goede * Zaheer Nasser

In the Founder Institute's pre-seed accelerator program, early-stage entrepreneurs and teams build their business alongside a critical support network of local startup experts that share equity in their success, and through a structured and challenging business-building process that has helped alumni raise over $1.75BN. 

After Graduation, the new GCC Founder Institute Portfolio Companies now have a fast-growing company that has been fully validated by experienced startup founders, with access to the Founder Institute's global network and post-graduate support programs to continue building their business. 

Leaders of the world’s fastest-growing startups have used the Founder Institute to raise funding, building a co-founding team, get into seed-accelerators, generate traction, recruit a team, build a product, transition from employee to entrepreneur, and more. Based in Silicon Valley and with chapters across 200+ cities and 100+ countries, the Founder Institute’s mission is to Globalize Silicon Valley and empower talented and motivated entrepreneurs to build companies that will create one million new jobs.

The next GCC Founder Institute program is being planned now. If you are interested in being notified when applications open, visit

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Alumni of the Founder Institute are creating some of the world's fastest growing startups, having raised over $1.75BN in funding, and building products people love across over 200 cities worldwide.

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