Pulling the future
forward faster

Dubai Future Accelerators is an intensive 9-week program pairing the world’s most exciting technology companies with leading government organizations to create transformational solutions.

Applications for our next cohort starting March 18th 2018 are now open! To apply, fill in the application form below before Feb. 13th 11:59pm GMT+4.

About Dubai Future Accelerators
Dubai Future Accelerators was launched in 2016 by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and the Chairman of Dubai Future Foundation under the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai.
Crown prince
His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
The Crown Prince of Dubai and the Chairman of Dubai Future Foundation
This is not an incubator.
It’s a unique program for cutting-edge entrepreneurs, in partnership with the government of Dubai, to use the city as a living testbed for creating solutions to the global challenges of tomorrow.
Our mission is to imagine, design and create the future by facilitating partnerships between forward-thinking entrepreneurs and the government using the city of Dubai as a living testbed.
Dubai Future Accelerators is run by Dubai Future Foundation whose mission is to play a pivotal role in shaping the future of strategic sectors in cooperation with Dubai government and private sector entities.
  1. Read the challenges defined by our government partners and select the challenge you’d like to apply for.
  2. Fill out the application form here.
  3. Shortlisted companies will be invited to a virtual interview.
Application deadline
Participants selection

Program duration
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Your Benefits
Benefit partnerships
Game changing partnerships with
top-level of government
Benefit zero equity
DFA takes zero equity in your business
Benefit travel
Roundtrip airfare to
Dubai and paid accommodation
Benefit lab
State of the art creative workspace
and access to prototyping equipment
Benefit mentors
Mentorship program
Benefit workspace
Scaling your access to a
2 billion people market
Program Structure
The 9-week program is structured into 8 stages facilitating the collaboration between government entities and companies. In parallel, we’re organizing a series of workshops, office hours with mentors, and cultural activities.

Stage 1 - Start

Companies meet one another and the government partners during an opening ceremony, and learn more about the program and its aims during orientation.

Stage 2 - Discovery

Government partners introduce companies to key personnel and provide site tours of their facilities. Both begin discussing areas of opportunity and brainstorming ideas; companies provide proof of their core technologies.

Stage 3 - Development

Companies and government partners explore specific ideas for pilot project proposals. Government partners ensure companies have access to relevant expertise and data in order to fully develop their proposals.

Stage 4 - Delivery

Having jointly prepared a pilot project proposal, companies pitch their proposal to the relevant stakeholders and decision makers within the government partners.

Stage 5 - Feedback and iteration

Government partners provide constructive feedback to the companies within seven days. Both work together to iterate and improve the proposal, discussing and negotiating scope and cost.

Stage 6 - Decision

Government partners agree or decline to proceed with an MOU (or other commercial agreement) by the end of week 7 at the latest.

Stage 7 - Drafting

Government entities and companies work together to draft an agreement (defining required resources, timelines and key deliverables).

Stage 8 - Conclusion

Government partners and companies attend a closing ceremony where agreements are signed. Next steps for contracting and delivery of the proposal are discussed and agreed.
Our government partners issue challenges that address some of the most important opportunities of the 21st century. We are looking for companies that can use their technologies to co-create solutions to these challenges with our government partners.