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DIFC Fintech Residency

About the DIFC FinTech Residency

Calling the brightest minds from around the world to join the region’s first dedicated FinTech residency programme

The Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region has a growing population of approximately three billion people, 70% of whom have limited or no access to financial services. Despite this fact, only 1% of the more than USD 50 billion that has been invested in the global FinTech market was deployed in the region. There is a wealth of opportunity yet to be unlocked.

So, you’re probably wondering what the key is. Over the last 15 years, Dubai International Financial Centre has created an ecosystem like no other in the region. It’s big, it’s diverse and it’s built on credibility – our 23,000-strong workforce from across more than 2,100 companies is proof of that. It also happens to be one of the world’s most forward-thinking financial hubs, as well as a top ten FinTech hub, with over 80 FinTech-focused companies.

Now, we want to offer you an all-expense paid residency programme, kicking off in September, right here in the DIFC. The selected applicants will receive return flights from their home country, centrally located accommodation in the heart of Dubai, and a Research & Development FinTech Licence from the DIFC, as well as access to a collaborative workspace, a dynamic ecosystem of leading financial institutions and investors, and tailored workshops around how to navigate the regional markets.


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What will you get as part of the DIFC FinTech Residency Programme?



In one of Dubai’s most vibrant locales


Product Testing

An enabling R&D licensing regime to help adapt your concept to market needs


New Customer and Capital Raising Opportunities

Engagement with the regional financial community


Market Intelligence

A vast network of potential partners, investors and financial institutions



A flexible and collaborative environment


We want to hear from dynamic entrepreneurs with big ideas out there. We just have four key questions for you before you apply and hope you can answer ‘yes’ to all of them.


Are you at the growth stage of your company life cycle?


Are you a US or Europe-based company?


Are you a tech firm with relevance to the financial services industry?


Are you ready to spend a year in Dubai from September 2019?

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