In 2021, the UAE announced the National Entrepreneurship Agenda, wherein it has announced its commitment to the following objectives:
  • Becoming an entrepreneur nation by 2031
  • Being home to 10 unicorn startup companies by 2031
  • Being one of the top 3 countries in the Global Entrepreneurship Index

Dubai is one of the most popular destinations for entrepreneurs and startups, according to experts. It provides various benefits including access to state-of-the-art infrastructure and technology, complete ownership, various opportunities to innovate and create, and much more!

As an aspiring young entrepreneur, you might often wonder about aspects such as what business would be best to start in Dubai, what are the advantages and disadvantages of entrepreneurship, which are the best universities for entrepreneurship courses in Dubai, and more.

We, at SDCEE, understand the elements essential for building a business ranging from learning and acquiring the right skills to setting up your own business, and with our Young Startup Entrepreneur Program you can experience the best of both worlds.

About the Program

The SDCEE Young Startup Entrepreneur Program is a 12-month entrepreneurship acceleration, powered by the Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship, Rotterdam. It aims to provide students, aged 15 and above, with the opportunity to develop the right entrepreneurial skills to help them setup their own venture in Dubai’s dynamic business ecosystem.

Students participating in this program will be issued a business license1 (issued by Dtec) with a plethora of benefits at no additional charges!

The program starts with a 3-week bootcamp which will enable students to develop their skills through Experiential Learning facilitated by course experts from the Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship (Rotterdam).

Besides being issued at no additional charge, the business license will include the following benefits and more:
  • 100% business ownership2
  • Access to a 24/7 coworking space (Flexi Desk) without any additional charge
  • Access to an Accelerator Program through Dtec’s Sandbox initiative
  • Access to Venture Capital funding through Dtec Ventures
  • Collaborative opportunities with corporate partners (Intel, Microsoft, HP)
  • Upskilling via events and mentorship support

When applying for company incorporation with Dubai Technology Entrepreneur Campus (Dtec), DSO, students will receive the following documents3:

  • Service License
  • Establishment Card
  • Lease Agreement
  • Company Formation Certificate
  • Shareholder Resolution
  • Memorandum of Association (MOA)

Through the SDCEE Young Startup Entrepreneur Program, we aim to encourage students to optimize and utilize their skills in the real world by empowering them with the right knowledge and providing efficient tools and resources to help them build and scale their business idea.

We are committed to helping students optimize and utilize their skills in the real world through Experiential Learning, a unique teaching method, developed by the Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship, that highlights the importance and characteristics of innovation and entrepreneurship and encourages them to put the skills that they acquire to practice.

Upon completion of the bootcamp, students will receive a certificate from the Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship (Rotterdam, Netherlands) and the SD Centre for Entrepreneurship Excellence.

1Parents or guardians will have to sign off as the company owner for students aged below 18

2The elements that qualify for waived fees include security deposit, processing fees, Annual Establishment Card Fee, Deregistration Fee, and MOA

3The documents for company formation will be issued upon successful registration to the Program and payment of the course fees


Bootcamp Features

The 3-week bootcamp will be conducted at the SDCEE Campus (Dtec) through 6-hour, classroom-based training (Monday to Friday).

This bootcamp is primarily aimed at encouraging aspiring entrepreneurs between the ages of 15 and 22 to develop the right skills to setup their business in Dubai; applications above this age range, however, will be evaluated on a case-to-case basis.

Through the 6-hour, daily classes, students will be able to identify market opportunities to start their venture, interact with industry leaders and mentors who can help them understand the right entrepreneurial mindset and focus on the importance of entrepreneurship development, empower their skills through ecosystem visits and pitching sessions, and much more!

But the learning doesn’t stop here! By the end of this bootcamp, the participants will be able to present their startup business idea before a jury of investors. This can give them an opportunity to acquire funding for their business idea as well. Moreover, with the business license issued for young entrepreneurs to kickstart their own venture, they can build further on their business idea and scale their venture in Dubai’s startup ecosystem.

The bootcamp structure would be as follows:
  • Entrepreneurial and effectuation principles with ecosystem visits
  • Team formation and ideation
  • Customer discovery
  • Customer discovery reflections and problem validation presentations
  • Value proposition designs
  • Prototyping and designing experiments
  • Business modeling – Business and Mission Model Canvas
  • VP design and solution validation presentations
  • Business modeling – Business Model Delta
  • Pricing and revenue models
  • Pitching and coaching
  • Final event and closing

Learning Method

The 3-week bootcamp follows the unique Experiential Learning method. This method encourages participants to take charge of managing their own learning trajectory.

While learning at the stellar SDCEE Campus, Dtec (DSO), participants will receive the required materials in class which can help them work on and build their startup idea. Participants would be able to learn and expand their horizons in a larger sense by experiencing the fundamentals of innovation and entrepreneurship.

With interactive sessions and peer-to-peer consultation, participants will be encouraged to actively participate in the program. Through our 3-week learning bootcamp, young entrepreneurs will be able to put to practice all that they learn and even test the concepts that they develop over the course of this bootcamp while building and scaling their own business.

Some of the major areas that the bootcamp will focus on include:
  • Building leadership skills
  • Navigating through real business situations
  • Cultivating a mindset for business
  • Strategies for internationalization of business
  • Social entrepreneurship
  • Growth and scaling strategies
  • Human resource development
  • Finances of a business
  • Impact investing
  • Networking in the industry
Moreover, through this bootcamp, participants will be able to benefit from the following tools:
  • Mentorship from industry experts
  • Courses for teaching various subjects of entrepreneurship
  • Networking events
  • Professional advice and assistance
  • Skill development courses
  • Conferences and seminars
  • Exchange programs
  • Consultation
  • Business setup and formation

Upon successful completion of the bootcamp, participants will be rewarded with certifications from the Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship, Rotterdam. With the skills that they develop during its course, they can continue setting up their venture in Dubai.

Join the Program Today

If you are an aspiring entrepreneur looking to hone your skills and build your business, then this program is for you! Simply click the sign up link below to start your entrepreneurial journey.

For more information, you can get in touch with our course experts as well.

Limited seats available! Reserve yours today.


The SDCEE Young Startup Entrepreneur Program, offered by the SD Centre for Entrepreneurship Excellence in collaboration with the Erasmus Centre of Entrepreneurship, enables you to kickstart your entrepreneurial journey with our instructor-led courses for young entrepreneurs who are looking to set up their business in Dubai.

Yes, the SD Centre for Entrepreneurship Excellence provides certified courses for entrepreneurs to kickstart their venture in Dubai. Upon successful completion of the program, the participants will be awarded a Certificate of Completion from the Erasmus Centre of Entrepreneurship and be able to build their business idea with the business license issued by Dtec.

With the SDCEE Young Startup Entrepreneur Program, SDCEE offers a business license (issued by Dtec) for all enrolled participants at no additional cost! Along with access to a 24/7 coworking space for, the participants will receive the following documents:

  • Service License
  • Establishment Card
  • Lease Agreement
  • Company Formation Certificate
  • Shareholder Resolution
  • Memorandum of Association (MOA)

After the successful completion of the SDCEE Young Startup Entrepreneur Program, students will not only be able to pitch their business idea to a jury of potential investors to finance their business idea but will also be able to continue working on and scaling their business idea in Dubai through the business license.

Besides being strategically located, Dubai offers multiple benefits for entrepreneurs looking to set up their businesses here. With state-of-the-art technology and infrastructure, visa provisions, 100% expat ownership, and much more, Dubai is one of the fastest-growing economic hubs in the MENA region.

The SDCEE Young Startup Entrepreneur Program invites applicants in the age group of 15–22 years who have the zeal to learn the intricate aspects of starting a venture. Applicants above this age group can be evaluated on a case-to-case basis for this program.

The SDCEE Young Startup Entrepreneur Program enables young entrepreneurs with the right skills to create their venture into the world of business. Moreover, it provides them with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to continue running their business after completing their course. The first cohort begins in July 2022. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity. Reserve your seat through our contact form today!

Through its 3-week intensive bootcamp, the SDCEE Young Startup Entrepreneur Program aims to equip participants to put their acquired skills into practice right away, in addition to the understanding the fundamental differences between being an entrepreneur and a businessman, marketing your business, acquiring theoretical knowledge, and gaining insights about entrepreneurship and innovation. It helps you not only build the right skills but also enables you to pitch your business idea to potential investors and kickstart and build your entrepreneurial venture immediately after the course.


The students will be given a clear understanding of the key concepts and entrepreneurial principles that will be followed by a networking session based in Dtec, DSO. The participants will get clarity on the roadmap of the program and the deliverables for each step. Moreover, they will be able to receive their business license and acquire the necessary skills to build and grow their venture.

Acquire the right skills

With the SDCEE Young Startup Entrepreneur Program, participants will be able to acquire the right business skills including evaluating business opportunities across various sectors, validating the problem-solution and product-market fit, engaging in customer discovery and validation, validating a business’ value proposition, using creative brainstorming techniques, developing and utilizing the Business Model Canvas and Delta, and applying the Build – Measure – Learn cycle.

Ecosystem visits

Every week, the participants will have an ecosystem visit in Dubai, where they will have the opportunity to interact with key stakeholders and contributors of the UAE’s entrepreneurship ecosystem.


With a total of 6 experienced mentors providing their in-person insights to each cohort, participants will get the opportunity to learn and discuss their ideas with some of the renowned industry veterans, to build solutions and profitable ventures.

Pitching sessions

On the final day of the 3-week program, participants would be able to make use of their learnings and pitch their idea to a jury of experienced investment professionals and even get an opportunity to receive funding for their business idea.

Academic team

The facilitators of this program are from the esteemed Erasmus Centre of Entrepreneurship which executes various academic courses throughout the Netherlands along with the prestigious Erasmus University, Rotterdam.

SDCEE or SD Centre for Entrepreneurship Excellence is a KHDA-approved centre for learning and education for the entrepreneurs of Dubai. It has been launched in collaboration with Dubai Technology and Entrepreneur Campus (Dtec), Dubai Silicon Oasis and Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship, Rotterdam

The Program will be conducted at the SDCEE Campus at the Dubai Technology Entrepreneurship Campus, Dubai Silicon Oasis.

For more information, please feel free to reach out to us through the contact form on our website or get in touch with our course advisor at the below coordinates:

Email: info@sdcee.ae

Phone: +971 50 553 0451

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