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Hub71 launches region’s first Microsoft Reactor

ABU DHABI, January 20, 2020

Hub71, a tech ecosystem in Abu Dhabi, has launched the region’s first Microsoft Reactor program as it further expanded its ecosystemto35 innovative startups with the announcement of 17 winners of the Hub71 Incentive Package.

As part of its strategic partnership with Microsoft, Hub71’s Microsoft Reactor program will be a center for technical learning and knowledge-sharing where developers and startup founders can connect with the local community.

The Microsoft Reactor program will provide a curriculum to help these professionals strengthen expertise around emerging topics such as cloud services and Artificial Intelligence. This comprehensive program is available to Hub71 residents and the broader community free of charge. Microsoft for Startups will also operate out of Hub71, which is designed to support startups as they build and scale their companies.

With the announcement of 17 winners of the Hub71 Incentive Program,Hub71 is now supporting 35 innovative startups with up to 100 per cent free housing, office space and health insurance for two years for seed companies and 50 per cent subsidizes for emergent companies, for three years, worth around Dh3.5million ($950,000).

Ibrahim Ajami, head of Ventures at Mubadala Capital, said: “The 17 winning startups joining Hub71 will make waves across multiple industries, adding diversity to Abu Dhabi’s tech economy from around the world and creating new jobs in the Emirate. To further support the success of Hub71’s community of innovative startups, we’re pleased to welcome the Microsoft Reactor program to Hub71; providing new skills and enabling companies to materialize their best innovations yet.”

Jeana Jorgensen, general manager, Cloud and AI Division at Microsoft, said: “Built to support the Gulf’s unprecedented rate of digital transformation, we are thrilled to open a Microsoft  Reactor within Hub71. The concentration of globally minded startups, investors and industry, represents an enormous opportunity. We believe bringing these elements together with Mubadala and Hub71 will be a catalyst for the region.”

Hub71, which opened its program to the public last October, received 348 applications from 47 countries – with the UAE, USA, Lebanon, India and Egypt forming the top five countries. 41 per cent of applicants said they would move their teams to Abu Dhabi if they were selected – validating the Emirate’s position as a regional tech hub.

Startups that applied to the Hub71 Incentive Program were predominately in the sectors of Fintech, Artificial Intelligence and e-commerce, with 72 per cent of applicants in the ‘seed’ stage – having raised $100,000 to 1 million and 28 per cent of applicants in the ‘emergent’ stage – having raised $ 1-5 million. Of the startups that applied, 20 per cent are led by Emirati nationals and 37 per cent are female-led companies. Collectively, the 17 winning startups look to raise approximately $ 60 million in capital, and to double their full-time employees.

Hub7 Incentive Program winner and Emirati founder and CEO, Mustafa Almusawa Alhashemi, commented:“We are overjoyed to have been selected for the Hub71 Incentive Program. We look forward to bringing our team here to Hub71. We feel it’s the right place at the right time to build Smart Navigation System; as we believe Abu Dhabi is set to become the leading global tech hub in the not-too-distant future.” – TradeArabia News Service




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