International & Regional startups are encouraged and fully supported to expand their businesses to the UAE!

Are you an entrepreneur looking to join an ecosystem that enables success, innovation and international growth? Are you looking for the tools required to facilitate your operations in the UAE? Are you a Startup founder looking to expand easily to the UAE? Then you’re in the right place!

The Entrepreneurial Nation and MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab have partnered to launch Startup Leap.

Startup Leap is an all-virtual competition that offers shortlisted global & regional startups the chance to expand and benefit from world class training and mentorship, to shine in one of the world's most innovative countries, the United Arab Emirates; yielding candidates and winners with extraordinary benefits and prizes.

Applications are now open until December 10, 2021. All you have to do is simply fill out the online application form and describe your startup within the 4 criteria: Innovation, Scalability, Financial Sustainability, and Team.

Apply now by visiting, select Startup Leap under the Startups programmes listed and submit your application TODAY!

Each application will be evaluated based on the criteria mentioned above. Shortlisted candidates will be announced on January 12, 2022. As a next step, they will attend a 2-day virtual bootcamp training catered and designed specifically for their needs in terms of scaling up, reaching target markets, financial modeling and much more… After they have been fully equipped with the necessary training, these startups will virtually pitch their businesses as part of the Demo day in front of a Panel of international and regional Judges composed of investors, ecosystem key players, and decision makers who will in turn select the winners of the first edition of Startup Leap.

The lucky shortlisted candidates will directly benefit from: free office space in the UAE, residency (for up to 3 members), top-tier training and mentorship, media coverage and brand exposure, along with direct business development support from The Entrepreneurial Nation’s wide range of networks. On top of the above benefits, lucky winners will be selected amongst these candidates to win lower rate / higher limit loan financing (subject to T&C), along with fee waivers for all employees visa cost and all other related fees.

The eligibility criteria to take part in Startup Leap is simple:

  • Legally registered
  • Profitable Startup
  • Startup with at least two team members
  • (Preferably) secured previous funding
  • Co-founder(s) willing to relocate to the UAE
  • Operating for at least two years with a working product/service

Registration for the Startup Leap competition opens on November 10, 2021, under the Startup programmes of The Entrepreneurial Nation’s website: The deadline for applications is December 10, 2021. What are you waiting for? This is your chance to shine!

For more details or inquiries, email us on startupleap@mitefarab.or

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