Sunday 24th June 00:00 GST

2018 FinTech Hive Accelerator – Application Deadline

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2018 FinTech Hive Accelerator

Applications for the 2018 programme are now open!

Is your FinTech start-up disrupting or enhancing the financial services industry? Are you looking to grow in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region? If yes, then FinTech Hive at DIFC is the accelerator for you!


Launched in partnership with Accenture, the 2018 edition will build on last year’s success by providing a platform for the world’s most innovative start-ups the opportunity to test, develop and adapt their solutions to meet the evolving needs of the region’s financial services and insurance industries.

The selected finalists will undergo a 12-week programme under the guidance and mentorship of the leading financial institutions and insurance companies from the Middle East and across the globe.

This year’s programme will once again focus on all areas of FinTech, including Islamic FinTech and RegTech, with a dedicated stream for InsurTech.

Programme Timelines

  • Applications cycle: 20 May to 24 June 2018
  • Short-listing and interviews cycle: July to August 2018
  • Programme kick-off: September 2018
  • Investor day: November 2018

Eligibility Criteria

The FinTech Hive at DIFC is open to all companies, regardless of size, provided you can tick the corresponding boxes:

  • You’re not already an established, public/listed or well-known financial technology (FinTech) business
  • You have a minimum alpha or beta product to demonstrate and are prepared to share access to programme partners under NDA (and where reasonable, for no additional cost)
  • Your senior team (e.g. Founder/CEO & CTO/Lead Developer) can commit to being based in Dubai throughout the 12-week programme
  • You can show that access to senior-level executives in the financial services firms will have a meaningful impact on your growth prospects

Applications are open until 24 June 2018.


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