• Chidozie Uzoezie

Etihad Airways and HUB71 Partner to Boost Global Tech Ecosystem

Etihad Airways has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Hub71, Abu Dhabi’s global tech ecosystem, to support the expansion of entrepreneurs innovating in Abu Dhabi.

Under the MOU, Etihad will become the official airline partner of Hub71 which will offer more than 100 global startups within its tech community special rates and access to a dedicated booking platform to simplify their travel needs.

Through the partnership, Etihad will tap into Hub71’s dynamic, fast-growing community and global network of partners to engage with its startup founders and entrepreneurs to launch innovation-driven activities. The airline will also explore mentorship opportunities, workshops, and community events.

Hub71’s tech community expanded from 35 startups to 102 in under two years, representing 191% growth, and raised AED 185 million ($50.4 million) for startups in 2020.

Abu Dhabi’s global tech ecosystem now includes startups from Israel, South Korea, Czech Republic and Nigeria, which joined in December 2020.

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