DSOA and VW support auto startups

Strategic partnership hopes to give automotive start-ups a boost

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DSOA and VW support auto startups DSOA and Volkswagen supporting mobility start-ups.
By  Staff Writer Published  October 12, 2017

Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority (DSOA) and Volkswagen Middle East are hoping to give automotive start-ups a boost, with the formation of a strategic partnership to support the sector in the region.

Under the two-year agreement, DSOA, the regulatory body of the Dubai Silicon Oasis and Volkswagen will launch a series of programs to support GCC start-ups with innovative mobility ideas.

The partnership agreement was signed by Shahla Ahmed Abdul Razak, Deputy CEO of DSOA and Andrew Savvas, Brand Director Volkswagen Middle East at DSOA's GITEX Technology Week.

The strategic partnership between DSOA and Volkswagen Middle East aims to help define the future of mobility in the region through dedicated events, targeted mentorship, and accelerator programs that will take place at the Dubai Technology Entrepreneur Centre (Dtec), DSOA's wholly owned technology incubator centre and the largest of its kind in the Middle East.

Shahla Ahmed Abdul Razak says: "We are proud to cement our strong ties with Volkswagen Middle East that began with the community safety-focused Human Crossing initiative at DSO in 2016, which gathered numerous accolades as a smart initiative.

"We appreciate the company's efforts in supporting Dtec, currently the base of operations for more than 700 startups. Our strategic partnership opens a two-way corridor of collaboration between our organizations, and will significantly benefit of the pool of entrepreneurs available at Dtec, especially those in the field of smart transportation."

Andrew Savvas, Brand Director Volkswagen Middle East adds: "We continually seek to attract like-minded individuals and entities that demonstrate a strong spirit of innovation and are not averse to challenge. They aspire to stand out from the crowd, create their own path to success and lead rather than follow. To achieve this goal we aim to work with the most innovative industry partners in shaping the future of mobility. As the biggest cluster of start-ups in the UAE, Dtec is clearly one of them."

Kicking off the collaboration, Volkswagen Middle East will be the official mobility partner of the ‘Entrepreneur Day', DSOA's annual signature tech startup event held in November. Volkswagen will be a juror on the judging panel of the Entrepreneur Day business pitch competition.

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