Role of Startups in Economic Prosperity

When it comes to startups, a general perception is that it needs to be in a developed country where all the resources are available. In truth, that misses the point: startups can begin anywhere, and it's often the countries with the greatest needs that present the biggest opportunities. Startups are at home in underdeveloped countries, nations in conflict, and those countries new to entrepreneurship. Each of these environments offer untapped problems which startups can take advantage of not just to make a profit, but also to make an impact.


Role of Startups in Economic Prosperity:

Startups may be small companies but they can play a significant role in economic growth.



Environment suited for start-ups:



Various schemes launched in UAE to encourage Start-ups:

As the emerging entrepreneurial capital of the MENA region, the U.A.E. has both given rise to a large number of local startups and attracted numerous regional startups seeking to scale their operations. Several of these startups have become huge regional success stories, perhaps above all e-commerce giant and others in capitalizing on the regions’ large and growing e-commerce market. Meanwhile, other startups are seeking to harness the power of new technology in different ways to introduce innovative products and services for the region’s growing number of tech-savvy youth. The following makes UAE as an ideal place for entrepreneurship:

  1. Regulations The U.A.E. provides businesses with a relatively friendly regulatory environment. Although the country arguably could still take steps to reduce red tape and bureaucracy, the World Bank Group’s 2016 “Ease of Doing Business Rankings” slotted the U.A.E. higher than any other MENA country
  2. Taxes The U.A.E. currently does not impose taxes on the income of companies, except for oil and gas exploration and production companies, branches of foreign banks, and certain petrochemical companies. UAE currently imposes Value Added Tax at the rate of 5%.
  3. Free Zones The U.A.E.’s free zones provide an even friendlier regulatory and taxation environment than the rest of the U.A.E.
  4. Accelerator programmes, Incubators and Co-working spaces in the UAEWith an entrepreneurial and startup ecosystem booming around the UAE, resources for entrepreneurs are growing at an even greater pace. For brave souls willing to take on the world and transform their idea into an actual business, going through an accelerator or an incubator can be a wise choice.Accelerators and Incubators are extremely important to build healthy productive ecosystem as they invest in the riskiest stage – seed investment – to produce sustainable startups. UAE accelerators and Incubators are famous with their connections, international mentors, wide exposure, sufficient funding & effective access to market strategies. The U.A.E. has a variety of co-working spaces where entrepreneurs can avail of relatively inexpensive office space while being in the company of like-minded individualsFor every entrepreneur who what to land his/her startup in UAE, here is a list of accelerators, incubators and co-working spaces such as:Dtec (Dubai Technology Entrepreneur Centre), Dubai Future Accelerator, TURN8 Dubai, IN5 Dubai, Flat6labs Abu Dhabi, 1776, 9/10ths, AstroLabs Dubai, Cloud 10, FinTech Hive, NAMA, Dubai SME, Sheraa, Silicon Oasis Founders Dubai, ImpactHub Dubai, A4 Space, The Bureau, TechStars Dubai Government Accelerator - In October 2016, the UAE cabinet announced the creation of the world's first Government Accelerators, a new Government approach that will accelerate the achievement of the National Agenda of the UAE Vision 2021. Commercial License - ADGM has launched commercial license for tech start-ups and professional services support programme to transform Abu Dhabi’s start-up sectors. The new Tech Start-up License is highly flexible; where start-ups can receive a full operational license, the option to apply for four residential visas and meet the requirement for a registered address through a range of options, at a nominal cost of $700 only.
  5. New Incubator Business Licence Offers 100% OwnershipDubai SME, the agency of the Department of Economic Development in Dubai, has unveiled new regulation that will grant 100% ownership to entrepreneurs, startups and SMEs operating in mainland Dubai under its incubator business licence.
  6. Entrepreneurship Institutes And Training Programs
    • The U.A.E. has a wide range of institutes devoted to fostering entrepreneurship and innovation. Some of these institutes are associated with prominent universities, with the NYU Idea Lab and the UAEU Science and Innovation Park being examples.
    • Other institutes are outgrowths of public agencies, such as The Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce’s UAE Academy Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center and Dubai SME’s Dubai Entrepreneurship Academy.
    • Still other institutes have originated with the private sector, like the Intel IoT Ignition Lab and a Google Innovation Hub in Ras Al Khaimah.
    • Moreover, still others are associated with prominent individuals, such as Sheikh Saeed bin Ahmed Al Maktoum’s SEED Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center.
  7. Events
    • A.E. is routinely the site of events centered on startups and SMEs. The U.A.E. also provides a plethora of events in which U.A.E. startups can showcase their products and services.
    • A.E. has hosted numerous Startup Weekends.
    • A.E. has also welcomed a number of Startup Competitions.
    • UAE has organized various Startup Awards
    • UAE has also launched various Programmes And Support for Women Entrepreneurs
  8. Diverse Funding Sources U.A.E. has become an emerging startup hub is that it offers a variety of avenues for startups to raise capital, from venture capital firms, angel investors, and private equity firms to SME-friendly banks and SME-focused government funds.

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Authors: Ms. Kokila Alagh (Founder), Ms. Chandni Teckchandani

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