NYU Abu Dhabi Celebrates 10 Years

NYU Abu Dhabi is marking a milestone anniversary — 10 years of excellence in higher education, innovative research, and community enrichment in Abu Dhabi, our home. Throughout 2020, we will honor our University's many accomplishments over the last decade, and set the stage for the next great chapter.
10 Years of Homegrown Innovation

Take a look at ten startups from startAD’s programs with UAE nationals. The founding teams are contributing to the UAE startup ecosystem and developing a true knowledge economy in the country. 

Anchored at NYU Abu Dhabi and powered by Tamkeen is startAD, an Abu Dhabi-based global accelerator steering seed-stage technology startups to launch, develop, and scale their ventures. A core focus for startAD has been advancing homegrown tech innovations developed by UAE Nationals through its Research Commercialization Summer Incubator program, and the Ibtikari incubation program, a strategic partnership between startAD and the Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development. 

Since its inception, startAD’s participating startups have raised USD 50 million in investment, secured over 50 projects with corporations, and created more than 250 jobs globally. — Read the full story

MagCrete

Founded by members of NYUAD's Amber Lab, MagCrete tackles the problem of Co2 emissions in the cement industry head-on through designing a block of concrete that absorbs, and doesn’t produce, carbon dioxide during the manufacturing process. The team are looking to expand on the wider GCC construction industry with this constructive innovation.

Blanco

Industry: Sustainable Oral Care

Every year, over one billion tubes of toothpaste end up in landfills or polluting oceans. Blanco meets this challenge through a tablet of toothpaste. Pop the tablet in your mouth and chew, then brush as normal. Blanco took part in the 2020 Ibtikari cycle, and taps into a market that is valued at USD 26 billion.

SCAR

Industry: Sustainable Mobility

SCAR, founded by students from Khalifa University, developed a car that runs on solar power. Able to travel up to 66 kilometers per hour, the car is charged from the natural light of the sun, helping the UAE drive towards a brighter and more sustainable future.

Meet the Locals

Industry: Tourism

Few tourists get to experience the warmth and hospitality of Emirati culture. Meet the Locals is a social tourism app, founded in Dubai in 2016 connecting tourists with Emiratis who call this country their home. In 2017, the app was awarded Best Tourism Startup.

Chameleon

Industry: EdTech

Chameleon is a gamified, digital learning environment introduced directly into schools in Africa as an extracurricular coding club. Their product democratizes access to high-quality Information Technology education.

DirectSchool

Industry: Mobility Hardware

DirectSchool is a simple application that tracks a child's school bus, allowing parents and teachers, peace of mind that the child has safely arrived at school and when they are on their way home.

Arabee

Industry: Educational Technology (EdTech)

Arabee was founded to encourage, nurture, and inspire children to learn Arabic through a fun, engaging, and organic platform, intuitive for teachers, parents, and children to use. Arabee has over 6,000 students from over 22 schools.

Malena

Industry: E-commerce
Founder: Marwa Al Mansoori

Malena is the first app in the UAE dedicated to helping those looking for cosmetic surgery get the procedure that is right to them. Founded in 2017 by two UAE nationals, Malena provides an easy-to-use mobile platform guiding users around treatments in Dubai, helping both consumers, and providers, make the right connection.

Plexo Gaming

Industry: Gaming Technology

Plexo, founded in Abu Dhabi, provides gamers with a stable e-sport connection, allowing players to monetize their passion and concentrate on enjoying the important thing — playing. Plexo launched in December 2019 and has built a community of 1,200 players to date.

SPL Co.

Industry: Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Cloud Migration

SPL Co. accelerates digital transformation by automating software migration and upgrading efforts with its advanced AI capabilities. It was globally recognized the Global Telecom Award GTB, and the IET Achievement Awards that celebrate the incredible talent within engineering and technology to recognize people who have made a real impact in their industry.

10 Years of Community

Here, culture, contribution, and cooperation are as important as classroom. In our first 10 years, we’ve developed programs that empower youth, protect our beaches and local wildlife, and benefit the broader community.

10 Years of Growth

Here, we’ve developed into a globally recognized institution, attracting the very best students, faculty, and staff from around the world.

Experience NYU Abu Dhabi

Here, we have built a cultural destination for our neighbors in Abu Dhabi to be inspired, curious, and moved. Live performances, art exhibitions, and lectures by global thinkers are yours to be discovered.