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District 2020 inks partnership deals with Dubai SME, MBRIF

DUBAI, 10 days ago

District 2020, the innovation ecosystem and future of Expo 2020 Dubai, has signed strategic partnership agreements with Dubai SME and Mohammed Bin Rashid Innovation Fund (MBRIF), to support its global entrepreneur programme, Scale2Dubai.
 
In line with Dubai and the UAE’s proactive approach to supporting small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and the important role they play in bolstering the country’s resilient economy, both organisations will provide District 2020 with a pipeline of high-potential start-ups and small businesses by helping eligible companies join Scale2Dubai. 
 
They will also provide the start-ups and small businesses with the guidance, connections and funding they need to continue their growth as part of the Scale2Dubai programme.
 
Expo 2020 Dubai Chief Pavilions and Exhibitions Officer Marjan Faraidooni said: "These milestone agreements with Dubai SME and MBRIF will further bolster the continued growth of the UAE’s start-up ecosystem and contribute to a stronger and resurgent economic environment."
 
"The advance towards a more connected future continues to gain pace, and new opportunities will emerge from the current set of global challenges that SMEs and start-ups currently face," he stated. 
 
"Through the combined efforts of partnerships with both these organisations, Scale2Dubai and our wider District 2020 ecosystem support a crucial sector of the UAE economy and complement other accelerators and incubators around the country," he added.
 
Expo 2020, which will run from October 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022, will showcase the best examples of collaboration, innovation and cooperation from around the world and help reinvigorate the global economy as it gathers some of the greatest minds from around the world to seek solutions to the most pressing challenges of our time.
 
District 2020, with a mandate to support industry growth, will evolve over a nine-month transition period after the event ends, during which more than 80 per cent of Expo’s built environment will be repurposed. 
 
It will transition into a mixed-use community and innovation ecosystem that will contribute to Dubai’s position as a leading innovation hub. It will also carry forward Expo 2020’s mission of stimulating business opportunities and continue to support start-ups and SMEs that are integral to the UAE economy.
 
The new agreements mark an important step towards District 2020’s vision for a curated innovation ecosystem. 
 
The partnerships will enable start-ups and small businesses to be part of the Scale2Dubai programme and access the District 2020 platform from which they can expand locally and internationally, while also offering them the opportunity to connect with large enterprises and receive access to funding and other growth enablers.
 
"Since its launch in 2002, Dubai SME has launched several programmes and initiatives to support entrepreneurs and promote the innovation ecosystem in the UAE. As we are an institution dedicated to supporting the establishment and development of innovative start-ups, our vision closely aligns with that of District 2020," stated its CEO Abdul Baset Al-Janahi.
 
"We will work on qualifying innovative national projects from the members of our Hamdan Innovation Incubator as well as from the different countries participating in our ‘Innovation Attraction Programme,’ to strengthen District 2020 as a platform for start-ups to grow regionally and access international markets," he added.
 
Launched in 2016 by the UAE Ministry of Finance (MoF), the MBRIF initiative was designed to support innovation in the emirates while elevating the growth potential of inventive start-ups already shaping the future of the UAE’s economy.
 
MoF Chief Innovation Officer Fatima Yousif Al Naqbi said: "We recognise just how influential start-ups and small businesses are in sparking innovation among an economy. Fledgling businesses with an eagerness to scale up are also a key source of job creation."
 
"That’s why we’re determined to provide financing solutions supporting local and international start-ups and small businesses looking to grow in a challenging and competitive environment," noted Al Naqbi. 
 
"Joining an innovation ecosystem such as District 2020 will expedite the progress of these businesses, encourage collaborative innovation across industries, and drive up competition in the wider economy," he added.-TradeArabia News Service



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