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Dubai Future Accelerators receives over 600 applications

Fifth round of Dubai Future Accelerators due to start in mid-September

Dubai Future Accelerators is held by Dubai Future Foundation.
Dubai Future Accelerators is held by Dubai Future Foundation.

Dubai Future Foundation has received over 600 applications from 74 countries for the fifth round of the Dubai Future Accelerators program.

Applications for the incubator program will now undergo a rigorous evaluation process to get down to the final batch who will participate in the program. Dubai Future Accelerators has been established to engage startups and existing innovation-focused companies in challenges launched by government entities to create smart solutions to the challenges.

Saeed Al Falasi, Executive Director of Future Platforms at DFF commented: "The Dubai Future Accelerators program has achieved remarkable levels of success in finding effective solutions to challenges facing Dubai's government entities and its strategic sectors, in collaboration with start-ups and innovative global companies. This supports the process of building the future, in Dubai and the UAE."

The fifth cohort will begin in the middle of this month. Participant companies work closely with government entities in a dedicated workspace provided by the Future Foundation, over a nine-week program.

For this edition, twelve government entities are taking part, including the Department of Economic Development, the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs in Dubai, Smart Dubai, Dubai Municipality, Emirates Airlines, Dubai Police, RTA, Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), Dubai Health Authority (DHA), DEWA, Etisalat Digital, and du.

Among the challenges are ways to improve use of digital and data in retail; digitisation of issuance of residency visas; improved data exchange; enhanced customer experience and automation of airline travel; use of social media and other automation in police incident prediction and response; enhanced maintenance procedures for Dubai's public transport assets; parent involvement in children's development; improved healthcare care and intervention processes; use of drones, AI and IoT in utilities; use of advanced technologies to tackle crime and traffic congestion, and use of blockchain to improve transactions across different fields.