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Applications for Cohort 8 are now closed

deadline is April 28th 2024

Backing founders to create startups that matter

TAQADAM is a global startup accelerator powered by the extraordinary networks of KAUST and SABB. Since 2016, we’ve backed startups at all stages of growth, supporting founders as they push the boundaries of what’s possible to do things that matter.

During the six-months of TAQADAM, we provide entrepreneurs with mentorship, access to network, funding, and to accelerate their ventures. Teams receive $40,000 in non-dilutive funding, with 10 startups securing additional follow-on funding of $100,000 at the annual showcase.

KAUST Entrepreneurship is a catalyst for innovation, entrepreneurial development and impact. We provide access to world-class facilities, deep tech startup landing programs and acceleration. Startups are connected to the world’s brightest minds, and given access to Saudi Arabia’s leading innovation hub. Our mission is to empower dreamers by driving an entrepreneurial ecosystem and changing mindsets across Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Awwal Bank is one of the largest banks in the Kingdom and traces its origins in Saudi Arabia to more than 90 years, during which time it has been an active partner supporting the Kingdom’s economic growth and social development.

SAB offers integrated financial and banking services, including corporate banking, investment, private banking, and treasury.

Build, launch and scale your startup with TAQADAM

Each startup gets access to one-to-one sessions with a diverse pool of expert mentors.


Product development, pitching, marketing, panels and fire-side chat with founders and ecosystem players.


Up to $140,000 Funding
Accepted startups receive up to $140,000 in non-dilutive funding.


Access to a community of entrepreneurs, mentors, and industry experts.

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Since its establishment in 2016, TAQADAM has been a hotbed of entrepreneurial brilliance. With over 263 startups making their mark, the TAQADAM community has collectively raised an impressive $160 million in funding, fueling the creation of 1,400 jobs. Dive into the dynamic world of our startups and stay updated on the latest news from our thriving ecosystem.

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