Sharjah Advanced Industry Accelerator (SAIA) is a groundbreaking initiative by Sharjah Research Technology & Innovation Park (SRTI Park) aimed at supporting startups in the advanced industry landscape. As the world evolves rapidly with technological advancements, SAIA provides an unparalleled platform for startups to thrive, scale, and revolutionize various sectors. Applications are now closed for the 4th edition of the SAIA Accelerator program, where selected startups will have access to a host of resources, industry experts, and funding opportunities.
Accelerating Startups: Join SAIA 2023
The SAIA 2023 program is tailored for growth-stage tech ventures looking to make a significant impact in their respective industries. Startups from diverse fields are encouraged to apply and grab the chance to be part of this transformative journey. With the core focus on advanced technologies and digitalization, clean tech, green tech & agritech, energy tech, and sustainable mobility, SAIA is committed to fostering innovations that drive sustainable and positive change.
Benefits of SAIA Accelerator Program
Free Entry and Incentives: Startups selected for the program receive free entry and stand a chance to win up to U$ 50,000 in cash and kind. These incentives provide essential financial support to further develop their solutions.
Advisory & Mentorship: SAIA’s ecosystem includes over 200 industry leaders, providing valuable advisory and mentorship to the participating startups. This guidance aids in refining their business strategies and enhancing their market understanding.
Access to Advanced Manufacturing Hub: SAIA participants gain access to the region’s largest additive manufacturing and fast prototyping hub. This cutting-edge facility allows startups to rapidly prototype and manufacture innovative products.
Piloting and Market Access Support: Finalists of the SAIA program receive support for piloting their solutions and gaining market access. This invaluable assistance opens doors to new opportunities and potential clients.
Networking Opportunities: SAIA facilitates one-on-one matchmaking meetings with corporates, government representatives, relevant universities, and business angel networks. Such connections are instrumental in establishing fruitful partnerships and collaborations.
Office Space and Local Events: Selected startups receive free office space for a defined period, offering a conducive environment for their growth. Additionally, participants gain access to SRTIP local events and networking sessions to expand their reach.
Focus Industries: Transforming the Future
SAIA focuses on four key industries that play a crucial role in shaping a sustainable future:
Energy Tech: Startups working on solar and hydrogen technologies, waste-to-energy solutions, smart grids, energy storage, and biofuel production will be at the forefront of transforming the energy landscape.
Clean Tech, Green Tech & Agritech: Innovators in waste containment and remediation, green building construction, water management, food security applications, and sustainable farming will contribute to a greener and cleaner future.
Advanced Technologies & Digitalization: Startups leveraging AI and big data, robotics, 3D technologies, IoT, smart city applications, and VR/AR/MR developments will drive digital transformation across industries.
Sustainable Mobility: Pioneers in high-performance materials, sensor technologies, mobility systems, autonomous vehicles, marine, air freight technologies, and urban planning systems will revolutionize the way we move and travel.
SAIA 2022 Edition Overview
The SAIA 2022 Edition successfully drew remarkable interest from 1,625 startups representing 45 countries, reflecting the program’s global prominence and relevance. With a diverse pool of talented entrepreneurs from around the world, the Accelerator fostered innovation and collaboration across various sectors. As the seven finalists progressed through the SAIA Acceleration Program, they showcased their potential to become the trailblazers of tomorrow, shaping a future powered by technological advancements and sustainability. The SAIA Accelerator continues to be a driving force behind disruptive innovations that will change industries and improve lives worldwide.
Selection Days and Focus Areas
Out of the impressive applicant pool, 35 startups were invited to the intense Selection Days. These startups represented six focus areas crucial to driving technological innovation and sustainable development: Production, Design Technologies, and Architecture; Water Technologies; Energy Technologies; Transport and Logistics; Digitization Solutions; Environmental Analysis and Sustainable Economy.
The rigorous selection process aimed to identify the most promising and impactful startups capable of making a difference in their respective industries.
Sharjah Advanced Industry Accelerator (SAIA) serves as a catalyst for startups to disrupt future industries by providing them with an array of resources, mentorship, and funding opportunities. By nurturing innovations in energy, clean tech, digitalization, and sustainable mobility, SAIA contributes to building a more sustainable and advanced future. Entrepreneurs and startups are urged not to miss this unique chance to become changemakers and take their ventures to new heights. Apply for the 4th Edition SAIA Accelerator program and embark on a transformative journey of growth and impact. Together, let’s shape a better world through innovation and collaboration.
August 1, 2023