A new round of startup teams have arrived in Dubai to attend growth-focused workshops, meet mentors, investors, and gain traction for their advanced-stage startup. With the launch of a new pre-accelerator next month to manage early-stage idea startups, this round represents a shift in TURN8’s approach to invest in later stages of startups’ lifecycle in the effort of encouraging more commercial success. During this round’s acceleration period, teams will finalize their products or MVPs, go-to-market plans and launch.
TURN8’s program manager, Ahmed Abdulwahab, remarks about this round, “These teams demonstrate innovative solutions with real game-changing possibilities. Within the TURN8 program, we coach teams in accelerating their product, sales and marketing efforts. It’s exciting to accompany this round of startups on their journey of market entry and scale.”
The startup companies that were chosen for TURN8 Round 6 include:
AirGo (Singapore): AirGo is an award-winning and patent-pending design concept that will take both airlines profits and passenger experience to a whole new level.
Bridg (UAE): Bridg is a mobile payment platform that allows smartphones to transact regardless of connectivity. Bridg partners with local gateways and processors to enable fast deployment across the global landscape.
Crowdbabble (Canada): Crowdbabble helps marketers to benchmark and optimize their social media performance by understand what is working and what isn’t, for themselves as well as their competitors.
Meetizer (Spain): Meetizer is the social app where travelers and expats connect and share plans in real-life by creating ‘here & now meetups on the go’ over a coffee or lunch break, an event or whatever they plan.
Finerd (UAE): Harnessing the power of the latest technology, rigorous academic research and an honest management, Finerd provides intelligent investment solutions for everyone.
Visage (UAE): Visage is a crowdsourced recruiting platform for startups and SMEs. Professional recruiters worldwide refer their surplus candidates.
HeyDoc! (UAE): HeyDoc! is a healthcare communications & technology platform dedicated to connecting patients with t medical consultants, wherever they are, the easiest way possible. Delivering in-app consultations, without the need for physical appointments.
Prattler (Ukraine): A social media creating a user’s own brand in a live stream while following any broadcasted media content. Users can stream themselves directly to share emotions, thoughts and reactions with others while building their following of other users viewing the same event.
Mailburn (Russia): A clever business communication solution that will change emails forever by allowing users to close more business tasks and bring the entire business communication industry up-to-date through speed, security and openness.
The teams will graduate 18 May 2016 at the TURN8 Demo Day, pitching for late seed or early Series A funding from regional investors.
TURN8 is an accelerator in Dubai UAE, initiated in partnership with DP World in 2013 to invest in technology startups and support them with mentoring, training and their product launch in exchange for an equity position in the company. As part of its larger mission, TURN8 and DP World work to integrate these startups into the global innovation ecosystem and startup economy of the UAE.
For applications for Round7 visit www.TURN8.co/apply