Whether you are a student, a fresh graduate or even a working professional, the SkillUp academy is here to nurture you at every step of the way and inculcate long-term entrepreneurial culture in the UAE. The programmes under SkillUp academy will focus on creating enriching and engaging learning journeys by providing you with the relevant resources to explore and compete within an entrepreneurial ecosystem.

SkillUp Start: develop your entrepreneurship skills and mind-set to start your business and embark on your entrepreneurial journey

SkillUp Compete: compete with like-minded people to develop an entrepreneurial mind-set, come up with your next business idea or improve your business

SkillUp Experience: immerse yourself in the entrepreneurial ecosystem and experience what it feels to be an entrepreneur through exposure to different parts of the ecosystem

SkillUp Enable: Empower yourself to improve your business and reach customers in an optimal way.


Trains different segments of the UAE population on entrepreneurship skills and mind-set to start their businesses and embark on their entrepreneurial journey.

An education programme to help students become entrepreneurs and think like one. The programme is designed to train applicants in critical skills like financial literacy, leadership, creativity and teamwork, among others.

What you get:

  • A fun learning environment to learn about how to start and operate your own business.

  • Valuable lessons about entrepreneurship, business, and financial responsibility while emphasising the importance of 21st century skills like collaboration, critical thinking, leadership, and creativity.

  • Opportunity to experience the development of entrepreneurial projects under the guidance of industry leaders and mentors.


  • Students studying in the UAE between grades 8-10.

Application opens on December 5th.

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Through SkillUp Compete with MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab the SkillUp Academy organises a UAE Students and recent graduates Competition. The competition aims to find the best and innovative university students and recent graduates, strategically located in the UAE, to join a global ecosystem.

What you get:

  • Equity free cash prizes per winning team once your business is incorporated.

  • Business setup and registration support.

  • Office space.

  • Fast-tracking to an industry-leading accelerator program.

  • Mentorship and introduction global market potential and capital through a network of strategic partners.

  • Media exposure and recognition.


  • UAE-based university student or recent graduate.

  • At least two team members.

  • Validated business model with a clear plan to grow.

  • Recommendation from a mentor/professor/industry expert

For your inquiries, please visit our FAQ section

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SkillUp Embark with Google

A program specially designed for business owners to improve their digital presence and provide them with the tools they need to start selling online.

What’s in the program:

  • Online training in small groups.

  • Personal digital mentoring.

  • Practical training.

  • Branding .

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Boost with Facebook

A workshop designed to equip small and medium businesses (SMBs) with the digital skills they need to grow their business online.


  • Educate businesses on how to hone their digital skills.

  • Shed light on some of the stories these businesses can keep in mind to get inspired.

  • Share valuable insights for these SMBs to drive their business forward.


Any business looking to learn more about Facebook’s platforms and tools.

Application opens on December 12th.

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