TECOM’s startup incubator in5 launches its science-focused vertical 

By Arya M Nair, Official Reporter
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TECOM Group’s startup incubator, in5, has launched in5 Science, in collaboration with Dubai Science Park, the Group’s science-focused ecosystem, to facilitate entrepreneurship and investment for science-based startups under the Dubai Economic Agenda ‘D33’ umbrella.

The UAE’s emphasis on sustainability, in line with the Road to Net Zero by 2050, COP28, We the UAE 2031, and National Food Security Strategy agendas, has unveiled significant opportunities for innovation, investment, and entrepreneurship across the science sectors. in5 Science’s launch is aligned with these government strategies and supports the UAE’s recognition of 2023 as the ‘Year of Sustainability’.

It is also in line with the Dubai Economic Agenda ‘D33’, which promotes foreign direct investment and economic diversification, and raises Dubai’s attractiveness for homegrown and international founders to explore opportunities across health, sustainability, advanced manufacturing, and energy.

in5 operates three centers enabling businesses and innovation in Tech in Dubai Internet City, Media in Dubai Production City, and Design in Dubai Design District (d3). The science vertical will expand its offerings to provide startups with sector-specific support and facilitate access to investment for founders to set up and scale new businesses. in5 has curated an expert-led advisory board representing industry-leading C-Suite figures from Nexus Resilience Group, Dii Desert Energy, and GMEX Group.

Majed Al Suwaidi_in5 Science launched
Majed Al Suwaidi
SVP – Dubai Media City

“Entrepreneurship powers economic growth. Dubai’s pro-business framework has made it a preferred choice for businesses big and small, established and new. As a leading business enabler in Dubai, TECOM Group has strived to enrich the support and opportunities available to entrepreneurs through in5. Ten years on, we’re proud to see our incubator’s impact on promoting Dubai’s startup ecosystem and economic diversification efforts across media, tech, and design. The new science vertical will expand our offerings to meet the needs of emerging economic opportunities in the science sector while securing Dubai’s reputation as a global business hub.”

Mr. Marwan Abdulaziz Janahi, Senior Vice President of Dubai Science Park, part of TECOM Group said that “Science is a fast-growing field in Dubai, underpinned by government strategies across sustainability, healthcare, and R&D. Dubai Science Park plays a pivotal role in nurturing an ecosystem that promotes these economic roadmaps by empowering leading and international science-focused businesses to set up and expand operations. in5 Science will enable entrepreneurs to engage a world-class community of researchers and industry leaders and inject innovation and competitiveness to take the UAE’s science ambitions to the next level.”

in5 Science will also present a curated calendar of networking events, panel discussions and educational forums to cover pertinent topics by thought leaders in the science industry. Collaborating with Dubai Science Park allows in5 to tap into a global ecosystem of MNEs and regional SMEs across pharmaceuticals, healthcare, energy and environment, research, and development for partnership opportunities, and access to specialized facilities.

in5 already supports several ambitious science-led startups, including;

  • We4Recycle: A mobile app-based door-to-door valet trash service that simplifies waste segregation at home and strives to increase the awareness of sustainable and environmentally conscious lifestyles.
  • Greener Crop: A start-up enabling vertical farming in the Middle East and Africa by offering a range of services, from farm set-up and maintenance to growth management, harvesting, and produce sales. The start-up has customers across the US, UAE, Oman and Qatar.
  • Air to MC2: A deep-tech start-up that aims to revolutionize cooling and heating by creating affordable, patented tech products for air conditioning, water and energy industries and consumers.
  • Sentient Labs: The start-up employs advanced technologies such as robotics, artificial intelligence, and the Internet of Things (IoT) to promote sea clean-up.
  • RelphaCare Technologies: A social healthcare tracking platform that enables real-time communication and monitoring by doctors and family.

in5 provides startups in technology, media, and design a platform to scale up, and access advisory, mentorship, and potential investment opportunities. Since its inception in 2013, in5 has supported over 750 startups and entrepreneurs, and attracted founders representing more than 50 nationalities, including India, Russia, France, the UK and more. Breakout stars include buy-now-pay-later platform Tabby, Munch:On, a food operations service acquired by Careem in 2022, and regional music streaming giant Anghami.

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