Fikra Labs is an initiative led by Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company, Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism, Etihad Aviation Group, and Miral. The goal of the initiative is to help MENA-based startups come up with innovative solutions to address the challenges faced by the tourism and travel industries in the Emirate.
Fikra Labs challenges
Interested applicants must apply to join the program. The received applications will undergo a selection process detailed below.
Applications to the Fikra Labs will close on March 5, 2018.
Applications will go through an initial screening process by the partners screening committee.
Interviews & Shortlisting
Applicants with the highest scores will be invited to a 30-minute interview to check if they have the required technical and leadership skills, the motivation, the commitment, and the needed resilience to make their startups successful.
32 shortlisted startups will join the two-day bootcamp. It will be designed as an intensive workshop to help participants develop their business idea and become pitch-ready.
The bootcamp’s participants will pitch their business ideas to the screening committee, which will then choose 12 startups to join the four-week acceleration program (3 for each challenge)..
The selected startups will go through a 4-week acceleration program to help refine and test their solutions through an extensive program consisting of workshops, mentorship sessions, prototyping and testing, field visits, subject matter expert discussions and more.
Demo day and final award
Each startup will pitch their final solutions. A winner for each challenge will be selected by the relevant partner, and will be awarded $100,000.