Shorooq Partners, an Abu Dhabi-based leading technology investor, has launched SHFT Build, a program focused on supporting the sectors of the future that is driving economic growth.
The program is designed to upskill talent, partner with aspiring founders and game enthusiasts, and provide them with the go-to playbook for building a successful seed-stage startup.
The first edition of the program will be focused on the Gametech sector, and will target founders that are building startups across the value chain of gaming. In addition, the program comes at zero cost and zero equity for founders and seeks to connect teams who are developing technologies, enhancing game efficiency, security, development and accessibility.
The program has invited applications from Game studios, game developers, distribution platforms, developers of game engines, and streaming platforms. Applications are currently open and SHFT Build will be accepting founders globally.
“As investors, we have always played a proactive role in developing ecosystems within our core markets. SHFT as a platform was built to develop ecosystems around industries that are driving tomorrow’s economy. This is to accelerate their development and support corporations, governments and founders to leverage opportunities presented by such industries.”
SHFT Build is the MENAP region’s first sector-focused online program designed to provide founders with tools for building seed investment-ready businesses in Gametech, web 3.0, cleantech, as well as other leading sectors through technical and business in-depth knowledge.
SHFT Build Gametech is supported by Amazon Web Services (AWS) through AWS Gametech and AWS Startups, who are providing in-depth knowledge, mentorship and AWS Activate benefits for founders to build on the AWS Cloud. The program is also supported by global experts from Unity and ecosystem players such as AD Gaming and Sharjah Media City (Shams), and successful regional gaming companies such as Tamatem Games, Nifty Craft, Batal Gaming and Calyx.