The Sharjah skyline.
The Sharjah skyline. More than 500 companies from 57 countries signed up for the Sharjah Advanced Industry Accelerator (SAIA) online programme that supports businesses wanting to scale up in these markets. Image Credit: Gulf News Archives

Dubai: More than 500 companies from 57 countries signed up for the Sharjah Advanced Industry Accelerator (SAIA) online programme that supports businesses wanting to scale up in these markets. The programme was launched on March 20.

A panel of judges from top companies and government entities will evaluate the startups that will qualify for the incubation programme.

After the initial screening, shortlisted startups will participate in an online conference to pitch their ideas. then, the Top startups will be selected to join the program.

The qualified startups will then join the programme that will start from July 29 and run until November 4. All eight startups will be selected to participate in the virtual accelerator and will benefit from local incubation support and venture scaling.

“The Sharjah Advanced Industry Accelerator (SAIA) program was conceived a response to the challenges the world is facing,” said Hussain Al Mahmoudi, CEO of SRTI Park.

“We launched the unique accelerator on March 20 and startups that are disruptive and innovative have responded. These companies are in advanced industries that want to access the MENA market. These startups will disrupt the construction, manufacturing and production industries in the region.”