The region's frst free business incubator launches
A collective of UAE entrepreneurs has launched StartUpSchool.me, a free
incubation initiative that gives back to
the community by helping entrepreneurs
fast-track new ideas into business success.
The platform supports the UAE’s startup
ecosystem by making it easier for people to
tap into expertise, capital and mentorship
to launch their own ventures.
The founding team of StartUpSchool.
me includes fashion designer and
entrepreneur Her Excellency Sara AlMadani; entrepreneur and CEO/co-founder
of SellAnyHome.com Omar Chihane, Paz
Marketing founder and CEO Zeina Akkawi;
speaker, author and thinker Omar Al
Busaidi; MENA Speakers founder Saana
Azzam; and the CFO and co-founder of
Binghatti Holdings Ahmed Binghatti.
“Given the UAE’s emphasis on innovation
and entrepreneurial culture and the
importance of SMEs to the nation’s
economy, StartUpSchool.me wants to
help boost the creation of successful new
businesses. The idea is to create a free yet powerful platform where entrepreneurs,
or anyone with a good idea, can tap the
expertise and connections of industry
leaders with proven track records. We
believe that doing good is good for business
and are keen to give back to the community
that’s given so much to us,” said Omar
Chihane, Co-Founder and Mentor at
The incubator and mentorship platform
operates a three-step model of Selection,
Incubation and Exposure.
For selection, aspiring UAE-based
entrepreneurs must submit their business
idea to StartupSchool.me for initial
screening. The ones with successful ideas
get to participate in a two-day hackathon
where they will receive on-site coaching
pending a fnal presentation, and then
the three winning ideas will be selected
to enter the incubation phase which is
expected to last between three to six
During the Incubation phase, mentors will
help refne strategy, help move the idea
along to execution, and deliver workspaces
and legal framework for entrepreneurs to
Finally, the Exposure phase amplifes the
new business by creating brand awareness
across social and media channels and
conducting outreach towards investors,
partners and suppliers.
will formally launch its
frst pitching round on this month - 21 and
22 June - at the Youth Hub.