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URB Incubator is a Dubai-based accelerator program helping early-stage URBAN tech entrepreneurs.

The program is in line with UAE Net Zero by 2050 strategic initiative, a national drive to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. The URB Incubator is designed to accelerate the 2050 net zero initiative by fostering a bottom-up entrepreneurial spirit in the built environment in UAE. The start-up program will empower a new breed of innovators to become the next leaders of urban tech solutions for a sustainable future in UAE.

The mission of the URB Incubator is to improve urban quality of life in UAE. URB is looking for innovative, scalable and impactful early-stage start-ups in urban tech, to empower the urban tech community in UAE.


in numbers

10 million USD

funding opportunities

Main USPs

Global urban-tech accelerator program, investing in early-stage start-ups in urban tech. URB team of partners consists of international experts who have a proven track record in scaling startups to success.

Programme details

The 2023 incubator is for Urban Tech start-ups in the following categories


The shortlist of the 2023 URB Incubator

  • ONDER - Digital energy services for decentralized power systems
  • VERNE – Redefining waterborne urban mobility
  • DELIVERED – Increasing wellbeing through omni-sensory experience
  • THRASOS 3D – 3D printing for a sustainable future
  • SMART OASIS FARM – Water-independent controlled environment farm
  • HILO EV – A new generation of premium e-scooters

Key dates

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    Submissions Closed
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    Shortlist announcement

    11 September 2023

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    Winners announcement

    18 October 2023

winner reveal will be at Future Urbanism Expo on October 18th live at the show!



The URB network connects founders not just to investors but also to talent & industry experts to help realise their visions.

Every start-up will benefit from this scaling program which will increase their valuation rapidly. The program mentors start-ups to reach a competitive advantage & leadership position. URB has world-class resources for urban-tech development & a global network of partners to scale start-ups with proven fundraising success.

The incubator focuses on the people behind the innovations, thus providing entrepreneurs with more than just the financial capital needed to succeed. The Incubator provides operational & continuity of specialised support throughout a start-ups early stage lifecycle. URB team of partners consists of international experts who have a proven track record in scaling startups to success.


Seize the opportunity to participate in the upcoming incubator program


“The incubator program at URB is perfect for us and we are really glad that we are the winners of this first cycle, and I think it will be a great opportunity to showcase our technology at a larger scale in collaboration with URB.”

Dr. Saeed Al Khazraji, MANHAT

I would like to recommend everybody to apply. We are very excited for what is going to come to us in the future, and I believe together and only together we can create sustainable cities, towns, neighbourhoods, streets & the whole world. JUST APPLY”


“The breadth of the submissions which tried to address some of the most critical challenges that our cities are facing, made it very thrilling to judge and to narrow down a shortlist. Beyond environmental challenges, it was encouraging to see that submissions tried to address social challenges to create more inclusive communities. The submissions clearly highlighted the wide range of opportunities & challenges that urban planners, architects and designers need to think about for creating more liveable and resilient cities. As such, the incubator for sustainable cities is an important initiative to foster and promote sustainability within the built environment.”

Phil Dunn, Senior Manager, Terra Pavilion at Expo City

“We are delighted to partner with URB in our shared vision of enabling cities that are smart, sustainable, and responsive to citizen needs. Anthill supports bold entrepreneurs in the urban technology space who have scaled immensely; in the past year Anthill has supported our urban tech portfolio to raise combined $14M in early stage funding, expand to two new geographies each, on average, and activate marquee clients across business and government. We are certain that our partnership with the URB incubator will result in further opportunities for path-breaking, global urban technologies to scale in India.”

Sailesh Sigatapu, Partner at Anthill Capital Ventures