John Patrick Mullin - CEO & Co-founder of MANTRA
John Patrick Mullin - CEO & Co-founder of MANTRA Image Credit: Supplied

MANTRA Launches Incubator in Dubai World Trade Center

Dubai:  MANTRA has announced the launch of its new incubation program at the Dubai World Trade Center (DWTC), following an $11 million funding round led by Shorooq Partners. This program is part of MANTRA's effort to contribute to the Real World Asset (RWA) tokenization sector, with a focus on the MENA region, the company said in a media release.

Established in partnership with the leading corporate service provider in the United Arab Emirates, Virtuzone, the MANTRA Incubator program is designed to nurture and develop emerging projects within the MANTRA ecosystem and in the RWA sphere, according to the company. MANTRA will provide startups with financial support for development, infrastructure costs, licensing, banking, and administrative services.

Selected through a meticulous process, five distinguished projects will be given the opportunity to join the incubator program, receiving comprehensive support to ensure their successful integration into the MANTRA Chain ecosystem.

Each chosen project will benefit from a seed investment of $100,000. Alongside the grants, the program includes the dedicated assistance of an experienced project manager, as well as the opportunity to establish valuable connections and gain access to a network of investors, setting a solid foundation for their future growth and success within the MANTRA ecosystem.

The incubation journey will commence at the MANTRA offices in Hong Kong and will continue in San Francisco, offering another month of exposure to innovative practices and industry leaders. Eventually, the teams will be headquartered in the prestigious Dubai World Trade Center, providing a global platform for the projects to showcase their potential.

Located in the Sheikh Rashid Tower at DWTC, the incubation space is located in the building’s Maktabi business centre covering over 17,000 square feet, reflecting Dubai's role as a centre for crypto innovation and matching MANTRA's goals for a vibrant startup ecosystem.

John Patrick Mullin, CEO and Co-Founder of MANTRA emphasized the program's goal to go beyond mere workspace provision. "We're building a holistic platform for innovation in the web3 space, enabling promising companies to leverage resources, networks, and a nurturing environment in one of the most vibrant crypto scenes globally," Mullin stated.

“We have seen the unprecedented growth potential of Web3 companies in recent years, especially in specialized areas such as AI, big data and machine learning. As a forward-looking company, we aim to be early movers in this space and build the necessary infrastructure for Web3 start-ups to launch and scale. The UAE envisions having 10 unicorns by 2030, and we aspire to work in unity with the government in realizing that vision,” said Neil Petch, Chairman and Co-Founder of Virtuzone.

“Our milestone collaboration with MANTRA and this pioneering incubator project echo our commitment to creating a conducive environment for Web3 start-ups to grow, thrive and scale exponentially,” said George Hojeige, Group CEO of Virtuzone. “Our vision is to increasingly pivot towards a tech and innovation-driven growth strategy and establish ourselves as a pillar of support for Web3 and fintech development, not only in the country but across the region.”