Wamda X Grant-Based Programme 2019 for Founders, United Arab Emirates


January 20, 2019

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Wamda X

Wamda X is a grant-based programme for founders with the aim to safe-route the often financially grueling and solitary path to entrepreneurship.

We have designed an environment to help founders build their startups through a 4-month relationship-focused programme. 

Our goal is to co-found businesses with Fellows by providing them with grants and opening up the Wamda network of mentors to help ease the process of starting and scaling a business. Wamda X will be the initial financiers for founders and offers access to Wamda Capital, which can continue financing these businesses as they grow.

The Programme

  • $16k grant

    Converts into 5% only if a business is formed.

  • 4 month programme

    2 month emphasis on building early team while in Dubai, and 2 months on solidifying idea.

  • $100k follow-on

    Wamda reserves the right to invest $100k for 10% post programme.

  • Dubai-based

    Dubai-based for first half of programme, location flexibility in the second half.

  • Relationship-focused

    Fellows will be paired with mentors and a “Buddy” from the Wamda Capital team.

  • Monthly renewable programme

    Wamda or the Fellow may end the participation at any point, with no strings attached.

Who we are looking for?

We are here to help co-found businesses from their earliest stages. Be it an idea or a revenue generating startup, we want to be a part of it. 
Successful businesses are often started by mature founders who have several years of work experience but do not conform to the status quo. 
That’s why we are looking for mature professionals who have a knack for solving market failures and those who embody leadership and efficient problem-solving qualities.
The qualities that make a great entrepreneur are often present before they even start a business. The best businesses are founder-run, so Wamda X is looking to partner with these founders from the early days of starting up.

What makes this programme unique

  • First money in

    Easing barriers to starting a business by reducing dependency on family and friends, often the first people founders go to for financing.

  • Continuing to finance successful businesses

    Businesses will have access to Wamda capital, negating the need to constantly fundraise externally.

  • Bespoke value creation

    Curriculum light, mentorship and networking heavy. The programme is about the relationships built with the Core Mentors, Wamda Buddies, peers, and the wider Wamda network.

  • No Strings Attached

    By structuring the investment as a grant, we’re alleviating the pains associated with equity, allowing fellows to focus on their businesses.

  • Access to Wamda Network

    Regardless of whether or not Fellows start a business, they will attain access to the Wamda portfolio, future events, and future cohorts. Fellows will be part of Wamda’s network for life.

  • Access to space & perks

    We will provide working space in Dubai as well as various software and support services at discounted rates for fellows.

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Publish Date
December 28, 2018