MA’AN SOCIAL INCUBATOR COHORT 8

The Ma’an Social Incubator (MSI) is devoted to encouraging innovation and social entrepreneurship to develop solutions to social, cultural, or environmental challenges.

Twice a year, MSI will incubate the most promising startups and provide them with the training, resources, and opportunities to grow and make an impact.

The selected teams will be offered learning and development, mentorship and coaching, as well as networking and funding opportunities. It’s a unique chance for entrepreneurs to develop their innovative ideas for social impact into a sustainable social enterprise.

Climate Action for the Future

Climate change is one of the most pressing issues facing our planet.

Urgent action can prevent the negative impacts of global warming.

It has become increasingly prominent for individuals to take tangible action on the urgent issue of climate change.

That’s where the Ma’an Social Incubator comes into the scene.

The Ma’an Social Incubator (MSI) - Cohort 8 is set to ensure everyone in the UAE has access to safe and greener sustainable communities. If you’re an impactmaker, then this is the right place for you.

Note:   Apply now if your startup focuses on SDG 13, Climate Action to combat climate change and its impact.

About the Current Challenge - Youth for Climate Action

This year, MSI focuses on Youth for Climate Action aligned with UN Sustainable Development Goal 13 - ‘Climate Change’.

By 2050, the UAE is set on a mission ‘UAE Net Zero’, a national drive to achieve net zero emissions, making the Emirates the first nation in MENA to do so. Similarly, COP28 taking place in the UAE this year reemphasizes this commitment.

The 8th Cohort of the MSI is specifically designed for startups that are developing trailblazing ideas for a better tomorrow.

  • How can we encourage individuals to be more involved in advocating climate change action in their communities?
  • How can we support businesses that provide eco-friendly products and services targeting the broader population, and increase their accessibility?
  • How can we leverage emerging technologies and digital tools to empower individuals to take more effective climate action?
  • What are the most promising solutions for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and mitigating the impacts of climate change, and how can people contribute to these efforts?

This cohort's focus will be on:

Clean energy
Clean energy
Climate change management and reporting.
Climate change management and reporting.
Food, agriculture, and land use
Food, agriculture, and land use
Greenhouse gas capture, removal, and storage
Greenhouse gas capture, removal, and storage
Impact financial services
Impact financial services
Recycling
Recycling
Sustainable mobility and transport
Sustainable mobility and transport

Sustainable Development Goals

Climate Action
About The Current Challenge

What We Offer?

Workshops & Training

Workshops & Training

Workshops & Training

Get immersed in hands-on and fully customized workshops geared towards scaling your business and validating your impact focus.

Mentorship & Coaching

Mentorship & Coaching

Mentorship & Coaching

Learn from the best coaches, mentors, in-house entrepreneurship leaders, and external industry experts worldwide.

Market & Network Access

Market & Network Access

Market & Network Access

Access a global network of private and government partners to pilot your technology and explore other forms of deals and partnerships.

Access to investors

Access to investors

Access to investors

Get introduced to a diverse group of local and global investors.

Office space

Office space

Office space

Secure access to office spaces for 1 year through Ma’an.

Funding

Funding

Funding

Become eligible to apply for grants of up to AED 200,000 each. If selected, grants will be disbursed based on clearly highlighted milestone achievements over a period of 1 year.

Endorsement for Golden Visa

Endorsement for Golden Visa

Endorsement for Golden Visa

Opportunity to obtain Golden Visa 6 months post receiving social certificate.

Post-program support

Post-program support

Post-program support

Receive alumni benefits.

Who Can Apply?

  • Entrepreneurs based in the UAE working on innovative and scalable solutions to address climate change
  • A founding team with 2+ members, with at least one member between the ages of 18-35
  • Startups that have validated the business model and secured early traction, either through partnerships or customers
  • To be eligible for financial grants from Ma'an, the startup must be legally registered or willing to register in Abu Dhabi.

Your Journey

Application

Jun 8 - Aug 16, 2023
Submit an application detailing your social venture and team details.

MSI Information Session

August 3, and August 9, 2023
Sign up here to attend the MSI information sessions to learn more about the program.

Shortlisting

Aug 19, 2023
Ma’an Incubation team will review all submitted and relevant applications against structured scoring criteria.

Online Pitch Day

Aug 23, 2023
Eligible teams will be invited to pitch before an expert Judging Committee.

Startup Selection Announcement

Aug 25, 2023
Up to 12 promising startups will be selected to join the cohort. All teams will be informed of their results.

On Program

Sept 5 - Nov 30, 2023
Selected startups will dive into the journey of training and mentorship.

Post Program

Dec 1- Dec 29, 2023
The selected businesses will join the Incubator Program and receive funding to develop and scale their ventures.

Program Partners