1776, the Washington D.C.-based start-up incubator and seed fund, recently announced it will open its first international campus in Dubai. The partnership is a perfect fit for Dubai. In line with the government’s vision to transform the city into a hub for knowledge and innovation, 1776 works across key sectors such as education, energy, sustainability, health and transportation in an effort to transform industries through innovation.
The 1776 campus will be a part of the Museum of the Future complex and will feature exhibits, host events and help advise start-ups in the region. 1776 will also work with UAE officials, advising on the best way to develop a regulatory framework to support the growth of new companies in the Emirate.
1776 co-founder Evan Burfield said: "There are so many exciting things happening in the UAE and Dubai. Dubai is increasingly becoming a place where entrepreneurs — as soon as they get some money and get going — want to be. It's a gateway to global markets."
The Museum of the Future, set to open in 2018, will become a unique incubator for innovation and state-of-art-technology. The museum aims to offer a platform to showcase and test the latest inventions from start-ups as well as major technology companies. It will feature innovation laboratories alongside exhibits for future inventions in design and technology in fields such as transportation, health and education. Serving as both an attraction and research facility, the museum will be outfitted with the most advanced technology, including 3D printing elements.