COP28: UAE Looks to Tech Start-ups for Green Innovation

COP28: UAE Looks to Tech Start-ups for Green Innovation

/ Technology & Smart Cities / Wednesday, 19 April 2023 10:01

In line with UAE Net Zero 2050 and the UAE’s direction towards sustainable economic development and industrial decarbonization, the Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology is hosting high-potential technology start-ups with a focus on sustainability and decarbonization to participate in a start-up competition launched ahead of COP28.

The Ministry created the Make it in the Emirates Start-up Competition to provide technology start-ups with a platform where they can meet investors and network with policymakers and industry partners.

The competition invites transformative start-ups seeking to have a global impact to showcase and pitch new innovations and technologies and provides them with the opportunity to learn from some of the best and brightest minds working in the fields of sustainability, manufacturing and technology.

The Make it in the Emirates Startup Competition seeks to enable forward-looking technology startups with pioneering sustainability-related innovations that can transform and green existing industries while also seeding the green industries of the future.

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Taking place at the Make it in the Emirates Forum from May 31 to June 1, the competition is open to just 24 start-ups from all over the world. Startups from various sectors with a focus on sustainability, decarbonization and digitalization are welcome to apply.

Tariq Al Hashimi, director of advanced technology adoption and development at the Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology, said, “We are living in an age in which start-ups have the power to disrupt entire industries and rewrite the playbook. These startups also have promising solutions for some of the world’s most pressing issues, including climate change. However, access to funding and other enablers remains a huge challenge for startups all over the world. That is why the Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology is leveraging the Make it in the Emirates Forum as platform to provide promising tech-driven, sustainability-focused companies with a stage at one of the region’s largest and most attended industrial investment events to pitch, learn and connect.” Start-ups can apply here: Applications close on May 5, 2023.

The 24 start-ups will initially be selected from the pool of submissions based on the innovation they have demonstrated, their disruptive potential, their scalability and sustainability, as well as their marketing potential, competitive advantage, and positive social impact. Also read: UAE Council Discusses Environmental Goals in Preparation for COP28

 The judging panel will include representatives from Aspire, EDGE Group, Mohamed Bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence, the Technology Innovation Institute, Dubai Industrial City, UAE University and Strata. Also read:Act Together and Act Now,’ COP28 President-Designate Urges Climate Leaders

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