07 February 2017
Abu Dhabi - GlassQube Coworking and New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) have signed aMemorandum of Understanding (MoU) aimed at developing the SME (small to medium enterprise) and startup ecosystem in Abu Dhabi.
This MoU follows the 2016 launch of GlassQube Coworking, a unique initiative which offers a range of flexible work spaces to suit the needs of local SMEs and startups seeking coworking space, private offices, meeting rooms and event space.
The new partnership provides a framework for GlassQube and NYUAD, through its startAD entrepreneurship platform, to share resources, expertise and knowledge to build and introduce shared initiatives that strategically support the development and growth of the SME and startup ecosystem in Abu Dhabi.
This agreement is an important step towards building strategic partnerships across the community to cultivate local entrepreneurship and promote technology development and innovation. GlassQube will provide expertise and support on matters of small business formation, operations and strategy and professional networking to members of the NYUAD and startAD community. NYUAD, through the startAD entrepreneurship platform, aims to offer GlassQube members access to entrepreneurship training and skills development during the early stages of company growth. NYUAD and GlassQube will also collaborate on supporting activities and will jointly promote related programs and initiatives through their respective channels and digital platforms.
Bernard Lee, co-founder and CEO of GlassQube Coworking said, "GlassQube Coworking looks forward to an exciting and productive collaboration with NYU and the startAD program. This partnership is aligned with our continued effort to grow the entrepreneurial ecosystem and diversify the domestic economy. We are fully dedicated to support all of our partners who share this vision with us."
NYU Abu Dhabi Vice Provost for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and Managing Director of startAD Ramesh Jagannathan said: "NYUAD, through startAD is committed to developing a globally competitive, innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem in Abu Dhabi as part of the UAE’s transformation into the new 21st century entrepreneurial economy. In this context, we are thrilled to join hands with local partner GlassQube Coworking to help foster the SME and startup ecosystem by providing above all a sense of community, in addition to education, networking and work space for budding entrepreneurs.”
NYUAD and GlassQube have already been partnering and supporting one another in recent months on several initiatives including an intro to coding program, legal clinic and NYUAD sponsored the Startup Weekend Abu Dhabi which was held and organized by GlassQube coworking in December 2016. The Abu Dhabi community can expect similar initiatives to continue and expand with this partnership.
About NYU Abu Dhabi
NYU Abu Dhabi is the first comprehensive liberal arts and science campus in the Middle East to be operated abroad by a major American research university. NYU Abu Dhabi has integrated a highly-selective liberal arts, engineering and science curriculum with a world center for advanced research and scholarship enabling its students to succeed in an increasingly interdependent world and advance cooperation and progress on humanity’s shared challenges. NYU Abu Dhabi’s high-achieving students have come from 110 nations and speak over 100 languages. Together, NYU's campuses in New York, Abu Dhabi, and Shanghai form the backbone of a unique global university, giving faculty and students opportunities to experience varied learning environments and immersion in other cultures at one or more of the numerous study-abroad sites NYU maintains on six continents.
startAD is an innovation and entrepreneurship platform offering a full stack entrepreneurial experience for the global startup community. Anchored at NYU Abu Dhabi, startAD supports the entrepreneurship ecosystem through education initiatives and the creation of startups. startAD has two components: a forum, which is an educational platform that catalyzes individuals and teams with a defined process and tools to develop a scalable, repeatable and efficient venture; and an incubator, which synergizes local and global startups with major UAE corporations, granting opportunities for shared insights and business viability testing.
About GlassQube Coworking
GlassQube Coworking is the UAE's first full service SME dedicated coworking & flexible private office provider. In addition to beautifully designed workspace at affordable prices, GlassQube delivers an actively managed community ecosystem, recurring networking, educational and marketing related events. They currently operate a 15,000 square foot facility with 300 workstations on the 35th floor of Sky Tower, Reem Island, Abu Dhabi. A second Abu Dhabi location will launch in Q2 of 2017 and a third 100,000 square foot "Flagship" facility is targeted for Q3 2018.
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