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About TAQADAM Startup Accelerator


Step into the Future with
TAQADAM Startup Accelerator

Grow your business with one of Saudi Arabia’s top accelerators powered by KAUST and SABB. Over the course of 6-months, we help entrepreneurs bring their ideas to market through mentorship, zero-equity funding and training. Startups come out of the program armed with a toolkit to accelerate their business and a network of potential customers and investors. Accepted teams receive 150,000 SAR in grant-funding and access to co-working space across the Kingdom.

TAQADAM is made for entrepreneurs at all stages – from idea to seed to growth. TAQADAM accepts startups from all industries, including energy, food, fintech, retail, digital, logistics, health, gaming and more.

The Accelerator was founded in 2016 and has graduated over 78 startups throughout 3 cohorts and successfully awarded over 9M SAR in zero-equity funding. The program is a partnership between King Abdullah University of Science and Technology and SABB.

Why should you apply to TAQADAM?
  • 6-month, part-time accelerator program. Accepted startups must be available on-site for a two-week bootcamp and regular workshops.
  • Receive 150,000 SAR in zero-equity funding to accelerate your growth.
  • Paired with 2 mentors who will guide you throughout the Accelerator offering 1:1 support, coaching and networking opportunities.
  • Access to co-working spaces, prototyping labs and 6-months of post-accelerator incubator support.
  • Attend workshops in pitch training, product development, marketing, fundraising and networking support.
  • Join a community of over 300 entrepreneurs, 100 mentors and industry partners passionate about startups.
  • Opportunity to pitch at final showcase to leading investors in the region and for the opportunity to win 375,000 SAR in zero-equity follow-on funding.
  • Exposure to KAUST’s and SABB’s existing network of partners, potential clients, and investors, including the KAUST Innovation Fund.

Applications close March 21 , 2020

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