Global Innovation Network 1776 has launched in Dubai, in a move expected to fuel tech innovations and prepare the Oil rich desert nation into the future.
1776 and the Dubai Foundation of The Future aim to attract education, energy, food, water, transportation and health startups from around the world to Dubai to drive the UAE’s major initiatives to revitalize these industries.
“We are pleased to welcome 1776’s strategic expertise to help the UAE develop a regulatory framework to support and encourage the exponential growth of startups in our region,” said His Excellency Mohammed Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs and The Future, and Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees and Managing Director of DubaiFoundation of The Future.
This new partnership will launch a 1776 campus at the Boulevard at Jumeirah Emirates Towers to showcase MOTF exhibitions, host events and cultivate the flourishing startups driving transformational change across these critical sectors.
“1776 is building a global network of startups, investors and institutions committed to reshaping the way we function, and we could not find a better partner in the MENA region than the UAE and the Dubai Foundation of The Future,” said Evan Burfield, 1776 Cofounder & Co-CEO. “Their bold vision perfectly aligns with ours, and we look forward to transforming major sectors together.”
According to Saif Al Aleeli, CEO of the Dubai Foundation of The Future, the Dubai Foundation of the Future and 1776 share a commitment to accelerating the global innovation ecosystem through groundbreaking technologies and by working together, they can grow the UAE’s role as a center player in innovation in the vital industries that consume the most important aspects of our lives.
1776 has been running its global Challenge across the globe with various countries in Africa participating. Opening up in Dubai opens a door for startups in Africa to open up doors in Dubai to expand their markets.