Creating Next Gen UAE Global Talent

Developing entrepreneurial skills in the Fintech sector among UAE Nationals is vital in amplifying innovation and ensuring the country remains at the forefront of financial technology advancements, in the region, and globally.

NDTI ignites your journey towards disrupting the financial tech industry, beginning with its inaugural cohort on the 16th of October 2023, and taking place in-person at DIFC Launchpad. The 8-week journey peaks with a trek through the dynamic Saudi startup scene. Learn more from the program overview.

During the program you will hear from Fintech titans like DIFC Innovation Hub, Visa, Microsoft and Dell Technologies, as they share inside stories of how they grew into global players and what they do to remain relevant, in this highly competitive space.

You will progress as part of a small group of companies, interacting weekly, and building both personal and professional relationships. Many founders will forge lifelong friendships with fellow founders in their group, and during and after the program, we introduce you to people who can help with any challenge. Often, this means mentors from NDTI partners and beyond.

NDTI isn't just a program; it's a lifelong community of support, fueling your fintech journey from inception onwards, with continued access to the NDTI network. Your success story begins here.


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Innovation SEEDs our Future

We are proud of our innovative and explorative culture which enables us to quickly launch and accelerate new initiatives. Discover our passion and mission behind NDTI and watch the video for a glimpse of what lies ahead.

Do you?

  • Have a Start-up aligned to the Financial Services industry.
  • Have a working product in the market, preferably with revenue paying customers.
  • Are committed to growing the company from its current state to a UNICORN.
  • Want to be a role model to aspiring UAE Nationals, by growing the digital economy of UAE, in line with the vision of our Founding Fathers and Leaders of this Nation.

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An 8-week Immersive Incubation Program
Learning Techniques

Campaign Launch
Classroom training and case studies based on leading business school content.
Campaign Launch & Filtration
Mentoring and 1:1 coaching with UAE’s top founders
Campaign Launch & Filtration
Network development with key partner outposts and government
Timeline limitless  Learning Modules

Learning Modules

Primer on Innovation

  • Creating a common understanding of types of innovation and the value creation process.

Venture Ideation

  • Sense key trends shaping the economy, government agendas, and ideate around them.

Validating with Potential Customers

  • Principle of rapid prototyping, customer validation and feedback.

Venture Creation

  • Get the first customer, select the right co-founder, access venture funding.

Reaching Global Scale

  • Growth milestones and internationalization.

Developing a Global Network

  • Introduction to and engagement with key partner outposts and government.

NDTI Board Members

Ahmed Al Qassim

Ahmed Al Qassim

Group Head of Wholesale Banking

Eman Abdulrazzaq

Eman Abdulrazzaq

Group Chief Human Resource Officer

Abdulla Qassem

Abdulla Qassem

Group Chief Operating Officer

Neeraj Makin

Neeraj Makin

Group Head – Strategy, Analytics & Venture Capital

Dr Saeeda Jaffar

Dr. Saeeda Jaffar

General Manager, GCC, Visa

Walid Yehia

Walid Yehia

General Manager, UAE, Dell Technologies

Mohammad Alblooshi

Mohammad Alblooshi

CEO, DIFC Innovation Hub

Naim Yazbeck

Naim Yazbeck

General Manager, UAE, Microsoft

About Emirates NBD

As the leading banking group in the MENAT region with presence in 13 countries, Emirates NBD services over 14 million customers, businesses, governments, and institutions with a range of financial products and services including retail banking, corporate and institutional banking, Islamic banking, investment banking, private banking, asset management, global markets and treasury, and brokerage operations.

The Group is ranked among the top 20 in the Forbes’ list of the World’s Best Regarded Companies, securing a leading spot among global brands. Emirates NBD has a significant retail banking franchise in the UAE and is a key participant in the global digital banking industry with 94% of all financial transactions and requests conducted outside of its branches.

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