Sunday 23 June 2024

Signing the partnership

MBRIF and AzurX to propel innovation in the space sector

DUBAI, 24 days ago

Mohammed Bin Rashid Innovation Fund (MBRIF), has teamed up with AzurX, a leading private space and satellite professional services and investment firm, to fortify innovation in the space and strategic technologies sector. 
The partnership will offer tangible benefits to startups and SMEs seeking acceleration and growth. By forging this partnership, MBRIF will gain access to high-potential space startups worldwide, attracting them to the UAE's thriving innovation ecosystem. 
MBRIF's goal is to accelerate the growth of these startups by seamlessly connecting them with the UAE's ambitious space programmes and providing the necessary resources for their success. 
As a cornerstone
This collaboration serves as a cornerstone in MBRIF's efforts to reinforce its position as a regional and global leader in space innovation, aligning closely with the UAE National Innovation Strategy. The partnership will also seek to leverage existing collaborations of both entities with the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) and the UAE Space Agency.
Fatima Yousif Alnaqbi, Acting Assistant Undersecretary for Support Services Sector, Chief Innovation Officer at the UAE Ministry of Finance, and the Ministry's representative at the Mohammed Bin Rashid Innovation Fund, said: "At MBRIF, we believe partnerships are crucial to the development of the innovation ecosystem. Our collaboration with AzurX is a strategic move to enhance the impact and reach of innovative endeavors within the space sector. Through such initiatives, we aim to create a dynamic ecosystem that accelerates the growth of startups and contributes significantly to the industry's evolution."
Anna Hazlett, CEO at AzurX added: “AzurX has actively worked to attract and support space and satellite technology companies, along with research and development (R&D), to the UAE since 2019. A flourishing UAE space sector, encompassing a vibrant startup and venture ecosystem, offers numerous strategic, economic, and diplomatic advantages. We are looking forward to working with MBRIF to contribute to their accelerator programme for space startups, enabling the expansion of the private space ecosystem in the UAE.”
Accelerator programme
MBRIF and AzurX will actively work to attract startups from around the world to come to the UAE and accelerate their growth through a customised 6-month accelerator programme. The programme is designed to support promising innovators within the seven sectors of the National Innovation Strategy, which includes space as one of the pivotal sectors. 
It aims to cater to startups at various stages of business maturity providing tailored solutions, expert mentorship, and other key resources. These include assisting them in securing funding and providing access to various stakeholders in the UAE. 
A notable success story from the programme's involvement in the space sector is Farmin, an Emirate-based remote-sensing platform that leverages satellite imagery processed using Artificial Intelligence (AI). With the support of MBRIF, Farmin has forged partnerships with entities such as the MBRSC, Abu Dhabi Maritime Academy (ADMA), and Abu Dhabi Ports, securing over AED1.1 million across various projects.
The MBRIF Innovation Accelerator Programme, launched in 2018, aims to foster innovation by providing startups and scaleups with world-class business resources, mentorship, and support. 
Seventh cohort
The seventh cohort of the programme, selected from over 230 applicants spanning 41 countries, represents a diverse range of innovators focusing on sectors such as health, clean energy, technology, space, transportation, renewable energy, and water. Participants in the programme stand to gain access to tailored services, mentorship, and resources aimed at accelerating growth, enhancing capabilities, unlocking value, and achieving scalability. 
The partnership signifies a robust alliance between MBRIF and AzurX, poised to catalyse innovation, drive visibility, and create a conducive environment for startups in the space and strategic technologies sector in the UAE.--TradeArabia News Service


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