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Hub71 Refreshes Its Company Building Program

Startups may be eligible for up to $204,000 to help accelerate growth and hasten their contribution to the local economy.

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At this year’s GITEX Global conference, Abu Dhabi’s global tech ecosystem, Hub71, has announced a refreshed startup incentive known as the Company Building Program, where eligible businesses can receive up to $204,000 to accelerate their growth — a 50% increase over the original funding figure.

Upon completion of the program, top-performing startups could also be selected by Hub71 for an additional cash incentive of nearly $70,000 in exchange for additional equity.

The new incentive is a “natural progression” for Hub71, expanding on its pledge to support early-stage technology companies.

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“This impact and shift to provide greater value to our startup community solidifies our commitment to founders as we aim to enhance the growth trajectory of innovative companies with the simplicity and flexibility needed to ensure they succeed,” Deputy CEO Ahmad Ali Alwan said.

“Our dedication will go beyond financial support; we are deeply invested in the success of startups in our community and will remain engaged in ensuring their sustainable growth and development in Abu Dhabi and beyond,” he continued.

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Startups joining the Hub71 Company Building Program unlock an extensive network of corporations, government entities, and investment opportunities. The program also gives startups access to mentorship, advice, and support, which positively affects their ability to grow and contribute to the economy.

Globally, the startup sector is valued at a massive $3 trillion. By 2030, The UAE aims to create a home for 20 “unicorns” — startups with a valuation of $1 billion or more. Hub71’s new program should aid those ambitions, boosting the number of high-performing tech companies headquartered in Abu Dhabi.

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Initial Trials Of Dubai’s Driverless Evocargo Trucks Completed

Testing was announced on July 17, and the completion is a major milestone towards upgrading the region’s logistics infrastructure.

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A Dubai-based company has completed the initial trials for the UAE’s first driverless trucks. The groundbreaking achievement by Evocargo, partnering with Dubai South, took place at Dubai South Logistics District, and marked a significant step towards incorporating autonomous technologies into the region’s wider logistics infrastructure.

Announced on Wednesday, July 17th, the trials featured the Evocargo N1 unmanned electric truck navigating a predetermined route within a controlled setting. The test involved interactions with common road obstacles such as cars, trucks, and pedestrians, aiming to evaluate the vehicle’s hardware and software reliability, accident prevention systems, and overall readiness for public road use.

Officials were keen to highlight that this accomplishment aligns with the UAE’s ambitious strategy to position itself as a global leader in innovation and technology adoption. The country aims to have 25% of all transportation in Dubai autonomous by 2030, underscoring its commitment to revolutionizing the logistics sector using advanced technologies.

Mohsen Ahmad, CEO of the Logistics District at Dubai South, emphasized the importance of the collaboration with Evocargo in enhancing the region’s logistics capabilities. He noted that autonomous vehicles are set to increase efficiency, reduce carbon emissions, and establish a sustainable logistics infrastructure that will benefit both Dubai and the wider UAE.

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Ahmed Al-Ansi, CEO of Evocargo Autonomous Logistic Services, also expressed optimism that the trials will draw new customers and investments across the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries. The partnership aims to lead in innovative tech solutions, further establishing the UAE as a pioneer in autonomous transportation.

The successful completion of the trials marks a crucial step towards realizing the UAE’s vision for a technologically advanced and sustainable future in which autonomous vehicles are expected to play a pivotal role in global logistics.

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