FinTech Hive at DIFC

Frequently Asked Questions

  • When will applications for the 2018 Programme open?

    Applications will be open from 20 May 2018. 

  • When is the 2018 Programme planned to start?

    The Programme is planned to start in the beginning of September 2018 for the startups that are selected to participate.

  • What stage of companies does the FinTech Hive Programme focus on?

    The Programme focuses on early and growth-stage companies with at least an alpha or beta technology/product, especially those which will benefit from senior access and relationships at the participating financial institutions and insurance companies. We are also interested in growth stage companies that have a product being deployed outside financial services and insurance that are interested in entering this vertical.

  • Do you provide accommodation in Dubai for the Programme?

    We do not provide accommodation over the course of the Programme, however our hospitality partner will offer special rates to participants. More details will be provided to you upon confirmation of your participation.

  • Member(s) of our senior management are affiliated with one of the participating organisations (Accenture, Financial Institution, VC portfolio company etc.) Can we still apply to the FinTech Hive Programme?

    Yes, but you must disclose your affiliation on your application form.

  • Our company has received funding already. Can we still apply to the FinTech Hive Programme?

    Yes, you can apply to the Programme even if you have received funding. If you have, please be sure to include details regarding past rounds of financing.

  • What is the FinTech Hive at DIFC's policy regarding privacy and conflicts?

    Please refer to DIFC Data Protection regulations.

  • What happens if we turn our application in late?

    We will not accept late applications under any circumstances.

  • What stage of companies does FinTech Hive at DIFC focus on?

    The programme focuses on early and growth-stage companies with at least an alpha or beta technology/product, especially those which will benefit from senior access and relationships at the participating financial institutions. We are also interested in growth stage companies that have a product being deployed outside financial services that are interested in entering this vertical.

  • If our company is chosen to take part in the programme, how long do we have to stay in Dubai?

    Your company's core team (e.g. Founder/CEO & CTO/Lead Developer) must stay in Dubai for the duration of the three-month programme.

  • If our company is chosen as a finalist, will we be provided co-working space after the completion of the programme?

    The co-working space is available on a complimentary basis only during the programme. However, you can apply to join our co-working space after the program completes.

  • Does our company have to relocate to your co-working space?

    You do not have to close operations in your home country, as long as your company's core team is present at Fintech Hive during the programmme.

  • Is there a fee for applying or joining the programme?

    There is no fee to apply or participate, however any personal expenses (including transportation and accommodation) expenses must be self-funded.