My journey in the Middle East to help cultivate innovation and entrepreneurship cultures in corporate organizations and startups began as an experiment in 2008. With many people warning me, and some still skeptical, I have been pursuing my passion to make a change in the business scene of the Middle East. The result of this experiment? Innovation 360 is a brand name for innovation management consulting in the GCC, and i360accelerator is the platform of choice for many corporate accelerators in the region. A partnership with one of the world’s leading multinationals created the TURN8 Accelerator and it is becoming the number #1 choice for tech startups from around the region, Asia and Eastern Europe.
However, if I could describe any one part of this experiment as explosive, it would be The Cribb. It’s more than an incubator, it’s what many entrepreneurs call home. In less than a year since its inception, it has changed the landscape of tech startups in the UAE and the model is expanding beyond the region.
The Cribb’s style is organic. The workspace is open, the meeting spaces are designed for comfort, ideation, learning, networking and deal-making. Centrally located in the Al Quoz industrial area of Dubai and sitting on top of a football center, we went for designing a work area with bright walls, white boards and colorful graffiti instead of an up-scale address and fluffy surroundings. It defines open innovation where knowledge sharing, collaboration and business support create dynamic outcomes. It’s where hard work and creativity have come to be the only two rules.
The Cribb has attracted over 30 nationalities representing creative minds and high tech talent who seek an unmatched ecosystem of tech entrepreneurship. But we aren’t stopping there. The vision is bold. Our ecosystem will be home not only to startups and entrepreneurs, but it will also be a place where corporates, government, universities and other organizations seek refuge to find limitless ingenuity.
Visit us with your own eyes! www.thecribb.co