Abu Dhabi Early Childhood Authority

02-04 February, 2024

Abu Dhabi Youth Challenge Techstars Startup Weekend

The Abu Dhabi Early Childhood Authority and Techstars are calling all local entrepreneurs with an idea to tackle challenges in early childhood development.


Your Idea in 54 Hours!

Learn how to think, work and build like a startup in 54 thrilling hours. ADYC Techstars Startup Weekend is an exciting and immersive experience into the world of startups. Over an action-packed three days, you’ll meet the very best founders, mentors, investors and partners to show you what it takes to start your own business!

Participants will work together over a period of 54 hours to pitch ideas for new startups, form teams around those ideas, work to develop a working prototype or demo and finally, present their work to a panel of judges.

The top three teams will be receiving prizes of up to AED 15,000 to continue working on their startups!

Connect with other creators

ADYC Techstars Startup Weekend is a great place to connect with passionate people driven to build something new. There is no better place to meet new potential founders, friends, colleagues, mentors and more.


Start something great

Knowing you’re not alone can make all the difference. ADYC Techstars Startup Weekend provides participants many opportunities to engage and connect with like-minded individuals — and truly start something amazing.


Learn from the best

Learn what it really takes to innovate, disrupt and start a company from people who’ve been there. ADYC Techstars Startup Weekend features deep experiential learning guided by an experienced hand.


Improve your knowledge

Sometimes, you need more sector-specific skills and knowledge to take things to the next level. ADYC Techstars Startup Weekend goes deep on specific topics and skill sets. Just what you need to progress quickly!



Daycare Oasis

Many parents, particularly first-time parents, may feel overwhelmed or unsure about how to care for their young children. Startups in this space could offer resources and support for parents, including educational materials, online classes and one-on-one coaching. The demand for parenting education and support is growing. A survey conducted by the National Survey of Children's Health found that the number of parents participating in parenting education programs increased by 35% between 2007 and 2017.

Reimagining Early Childhood Education for the Digital Age

Technology can be a powerful tool for supporting early childhood education. Startups in this space could develop educational apps, online learning platforms, educational robots and toys or other technology-based resources for young children. The Global Edtech Market is expected to grow by $112.39b between 2021 and 2025. How can we leverage technology to enhance learning, personalize experiences, and bridge the gap for underserved communities without sacrificing crucial human connection and play? This involves exploring AR/VR, AI-powered learning tools, and interactive platforms while ensuring responsible technology use and ethical data practices.