Emirati Tech Entrepreneur Program FAQs

  • Who is offering the Emirati Tech Entrepreneur Program?
    TRA (represented by ICT Fund) & in5 have launched the first Emirati Tech Entrepreneur Program.
  • What is the purpose of the Emirati Tech Entrepreneur Program?
    The Emirati Tech Entrepreneur Program aims to equip young fresh Emirati Graduates or students in their final year with relevant skills that will enable them to thrive as entrepreneurs as well as contribute to the advancement of the startup ecosystem in the UAE.
  • Important dates:
    • 3rd Jan 2021 application deadline
    • 5th Jan 2021 Selection of Emirati Tech Entrepreneur Program participants
    • 10th Jan 2021 Start of Phase 1 of the Emirati Tech Entrepreneur Program
    • 7th Feb 2021 End of Phase 1 of the Emirati Tech Entrepreneur Program
    • 14th Feb 2021 Start of Phase 2 of the Emirati Tech Entrepreneur Program
    • 3rd Mar 2021 End of Phase 2 of the Emirati Tech Entrepreneur Program
    • 7th Mar 2021 Start of Phase 3 of the Emirati Tech Entrepreneur Program
    • 25th Mar 2021 End of Phase 3 of the Emirati Tech Entrepreneur Program
  • Who can qualify for the Emirati Tech Entrepreneur Program?
    • Must be team of at least one Emirati national
    • Currently enrolled in a university program or graduated within the last 24 months
    • Part of the Betha’a program
  • What is the structure of the program?
    The program has 3 Phases, one must complete a phase to move on to the next level.Participants will be placed into groups to work together on their startup idea. There will be a pitch at the end of every phase completed by the group.Phase 1 Idea lab: This phase will engage the students in the formation of teams for the conceptual exploration of basic business, market research, product development know-how, and how to work on proof of concept.
    Phase 2 Product management: this phase will be focused on the roadmap, relevant metrics to and tool set to build a comprehensive Product management documentation.
    Phase 3 Agile management: Building a solid foundation for product deployment and prepare to launch.
  • Will the program be online or in person?
    The program will be online but you will have access to work from in5 if needed.
  • Who should apply?
    If you are a student or have graduated within the last 12 months and have the desire to become a technology startup founder and tech entrepreneur then this program will take you through the necessary steps to develop your idea into a tech startup.
  • Do I have to have a business idea, or can I join the Emirati Tech Entrepreneur Program even if I don’t have a startup idea?
    Yes, the program will teach you the methodology and process to develop an idea into a tech startup.