The program is currently led by Emirates NBD, a UAE-based bank; Dubai Chamber; budget carrier flydubai; and carmaker Fiat Chrysler Automobiles as the corporate partners.

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Dubai Startup Hub, an initiative of the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, has launched a new program that will look facilitate deals between startups, and companies and government entities in the emirate.

The ‘Market Access’ program, as it has been termed, would be open to startups and SMEs from the UAE and overseas to offer solutions to industry-specific problems of the program’s corporate partners.

Essa Al Zaabi, SVP, institutional support sector, Dubai Chamber, said at Gitex Technology Week today that the first phase of this program would see a total of “12 opportunities” offered up to startups and small businesses from the corporate partners.

The program, which is currently led by Emirates NBD, a UAE-based bank; Dubai Chamber; budget carrier flydubai; and carmaker Fiat Chrysler Automobiles as the corporate partners, is open to startups and SMEs until October 31, 2017, according to a statement.

For example, Emirates NBD is looking for innovative solutions for customer experience, acquisition, banking products for retailers and SMEs, corporate customers, digital-only offerings for millennials, operational efficiencies, and staff engagement.

On the other hand, Flydubai’s offering relates to tracking and analytics solutions that can monitor personnel in real-time for its facility management activities.

“It took us some time to convince the corporates and government entities, but they see the value in this now,” said Al Zaabi. “We expect more to join us soon.”

Projects listed by Dubai Chamber are focused on content management and curating, as well as digital marketing for the Dubai Startup Hub platform.

Flydubai’s project is related to tracking and analytics solutions that can monitor personnel in real-time for its facility management activities.

Dubai Chamber launched Dubai Startup Hub in 2016 as an online platform to connect startups, entrepreneurs, developers, venture capitalists, and students in the emirate and beyond.