Expand North Star brings together the global startup community - from incubators to accelerators, from associations to publications - to promote innovation, foster relationship and enable growth.
Genome is the world-leading innovation policy advisory and research firm. We
have advised on the ecosystem development strategy and action plans of more
than 157 government and agency clients across six continents in 55+ countries
Seedstars is an industry-agnostic investment firm dedicated to emerging and frontier markets. We’ve invested across Latam, Africa, MENA, CEE and Asia backing ventures working to solve key societal challenges such as access to financial services, healthcare, education or commerce.
We are a global family of industry-focused programs.We support early-stage tech founders to rapidly scale their companies by providing direct access to an international network of the most relevant mentors, partners, and investors in their industry.
Introducing Rainmaking and Startupbootcamp, two industry-leading innovation and venture development firms. Rainmaking, with 12 offices worldwide including major tech hubs such as London, Copenhagen, Dubai, Singapore, and New York, has established itself as a renowned corporate innovation facilitator.
Plug and Play is the leading innovation platform, connecting startups, corporations, venture capital firms, universities, and government agencies. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, we’re present in 50+ locations across five continents. We offer corporate innovation programs and help our corporate partners in every stage of their innovation journey, from education to execution. We also organize startup acceleration programs and have built an in-house VC to drive innovation across multiple industries where we’ve invested in hundreds of successful companies including Dropbox, Guardant Health, Honey, Lending Club, N26, PayPal, and Rappi. For more information, visit Plug and Play Tech Center.
Flat6Labs is the MENA region’s leading seed and early stage venture capital firm, currently running the most renowned startup programs in the region. Annually, Flat6Labs invests in more than 100 innovative and technology-driven startups enabling thousands of passionate entrepreneurs to achieve their daring ambitions and ultimately becoming their institutional co-founders.
Sandooq Al Watan is a private sector, not-for-profit, philanthropic organization with a significant endowment approaching AED one billion. We use this endowment to invest in programs and initiatives aimed at addressing three big challenges currently faced by the people of the United Arab Emirates. We provide funding and support for initiatives that contribute to the economic and social development of the United Arab Emirates and that increase the participation of Emiratis, particularly young Emiratis in the private, social and creative sectors of the economy.
Dubai Technology Entrepreneur Campus (Dtec) is a purpose-built technology hub located in Dubai Silicon Oasis and owned by Dubai Integrated Economic Zones Authority. Dtec is designed to support technology entrepreneurs and SMEs through the provision of one-stop company setup, flexible coworking options and provides a nurturing ecosystem for young ventures.
Hub71 is Abu Dhabi’s global tech
ecosystem that enables founders to build globally enduring homegrown tech
companies in any sector by providing access to global markets, a capital
ecosystem, a global network of partners, and a vibrant community filled with
highly skilled talent, governed by forward-thinking regulation.
AstroLabs thrives on being MENA’s trusted partner in solving innovation challenges, building self-sustaining ecosystems, and accelerating the growth of the digital economy by driving impactful large-scale programsWe’re on a mission to build competitive local markets by elevating local players to global standards and enabling global players to thrive in local landscapes
in5 is an enabling platform for entrepreneurs and start-ups, offering five key benefits through its robust start-up framework, creative spaces and specialised industry centers, training and mentorship programmes, community-wide networking events and access to investors. in5 nurtures ideas and businesses to their next phase of growth.
SRTIP Accelerator Sharjah office is dedicated in providing Free Zone licensing for the Sharjah Research Technology and Innovation Park. Our priority is to cultivate a comprehensive and supportive environment for entrepreneurs and startups, with the goal of facilitating their growth and success.
We're building & leading operator LP syndicates for the best founders, angels and VCs in Europe.
We’re founders, operators, angels, VCs, and LPs.
We want to make a difference - for the investors we invest with, for the founders we invest in and for the world we live in.
AL JABR is an Omani based innovation development company working towards becoming the leading startup development and accelerator hub in the region. Our mission is to promote, leverage and build a regional hub for startup development through leveraging knowledge and resources, bridging startup innovation with corporate ambition and providing access to financial and human intellect capital.
ICT Hub since 2014. is a center for
innovation and technology entrepreneurship based in
BDD is a hub for the digital
and creative industries in Lebanon. It offers an optimal business environment,
blending value-added services with cutting-edge infrastructure to enhance
productivity and support growth. Situated in the heart Beirut, this all-inclusive
and dynamic community includes Incubator and Accelerator Parks for innovative
startups and Commercial Parks for larger enterprises, fostering a vibrant WORK,
LIVE & PLAY atmosphere.
Innovations Hub is a leading organization that
facilitates the growth and development of the Polish startup ecosystem. We
encourage young innovators to change the world with their ideas, working
together with a wide range of state and business partner to provide them
holistic support and help them achieve their dreams.
Founder Institute is the #1 place in the world to turn ideas into fundable
startups, and new startups into global businesses.
Since 2009, our series of highly-structured accelerator programs have given
founders the direction and global network needed to build a meaningful
It all starts with our renowned ‘FI Core’ accelerator, which pushes founders at
the idea and pre-seed stages to reach the milestones needed for investment and
sustained growth. Alumni of FI Core then get free access to our advanced
‘Founder Lab’ accelerators for years to come, and can get matched with
prospective investors in the FI Venture Network - a collection of global funds
actively investing in the earliest rounds of funding.
is the greatest challenge and opportunity of our century. To achieve the 2°C
limit by 2050, the world requires an annual $ 1.5 trillion investment! This
cannot be met without scaling private capital investments for climate projects.
Carbon2049 is a climate finance platform leveraging blended finance backed by a
blockchain fintech technology allowing live monitoring of carbon emissions
reductions. Carbon2049 revolutionize carbon and ESG risks pricing, contributing
to attract new sources of liquidity for climate projects.
The Middle East Venture Capital Association (MEVCA) Aims to serve the Middle East’s entrepreneurial and investment community through a concerted effort to advance the region’s venture capital industry and greater entrepreneurial ecosystem, by raising awareness about venture capital and through educational programs, seminars, and events.
Keiretsu Forum is a global investment community of accredited private equity angel investors, venture capitalists and corporate/institutional investors. Keiretsu Forum was founded in the San Francisco East Bay in California in 2000. Keiretsu Forum is a worldwide network of capital, resources and deal flow with 52 chapters on 3 continents. Keiretsu Forum members invest in high-quality, diverse investment opportunities. Keiretsu Forum Dubai launched in April 2017 and is licensed in the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.
We are a member-led Micro-VC made up of more than 100 like-minded investors. We are passionate about entrepreneurs and teams that have taken their ideas from proof of concept to customer traction to scale with drive, energy, determination and ambition. We invest in the Seed and Series A rounds of early-stage technology companies with high growth potential.
Launched in October 2020, SAI is a Micro-VC founded by 60 like-minded investors. We search for entrepreneurs that have taken their ideas from proof of concept to customer traction to scale with drive, energy, determination and ambition. We invest in the Seed and Series A rounds of early-stage technology companies with high growth potential.
We are a fully-capitalized investment company and our angels range from seasoned investors, tech entrepreneurs, venture fund partners, senior executives.
Enhance Ventures is the venture studio pioneer in the MENAPT region (Middle East, North Africa, Pakistan, Turkey) building and investing in ventures for the future of finance and commerce. We build ventures of our own AND work with corporations and government entities to build innovative ventures together.
Our portfolio companies include the Middle East's leading online gifting platform JoiGifts.com, agritech B2B marketplace RightFarm.com, SME digitization and payment platform Clevr.app, Middle East's organic and sustainable mart BlueTerra.co among others.
We, at startupvisors, act as a bridge between your idea and its success. Backed by IIT and NLU professionals, we provide a one stop platform for all the assistance an entrepreneur requires to begin his entrepreneurial journey. We act as an advising medium for the entrepreneurs and help them in scaling their idea from scratch to a commercially viable venture. We help startups and young entrepreneurs to get started with trusted and experienced professionals for all their basic needs to begin their journey in the vibrant startup ecosystem. We are associated with Startup India Hub(Govt of India) and other Private & Govt organizations as their mentor.
D2C Insider is the leading community of founders / CXOs from the
D2C ecosystem. We started in 2019 as a simple WhatsApp group to exchange ideas
and help each other grow which has now become the largest community for
emerging brands with 5000+ brand founders, 1000+ enabler founders, and 500+
investors. We feel happy to share that almost 4/5 D2C brands that pitch on
Shark Tank are a part of our community.
The International Network for Small and Medium Enterprises – INSME is a legally recognized not-for-profit association working under the auspices of the OECD – Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. The Network is a facilitator for the creation of public-private partnership, a gateway to innovation good practices for the support of SMEs and entrepreneurship and a catalyst of information on opportunities, latest trends and insights on innovation, SMEs, technology transfer and entrepreneurship.
provides solutions to nurture the Egyptian entrepreneurship ecosystem
through providing a state-of-the-art accelerator program
that provides mentoring, training, and developmental tools needed to
scale early stage startups . Entlaq also provides consulting services
bridging the gap between decision-makers and startups through finding
policy-based solutions to the challenges that face their business
sustainability, advising startups on their scaling and regional growth
strategies, and showcasing Egyptian entrepreneurial success stories.
MSME & Startups Forum – Bharat is an Indian nonprofit organization founded to facilitate entrepreneurs and businesses to head the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi's call for Atma NirbharBharat and #VocalForLocal campaign. It has a vision to provide a platform for pan-India based MSMEs (Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises) Startups, Entrepreneurs, businesses and professionals to connect and network.
& Partners is the business growth and destination agency for London. Our
mission is to create economic growth that is resilient, sustainable and
inclusive. We promote London across the world;
attract overseas organisations, events and visitors to the capital; and help
retain and grow London companies.
Tech Advocates is the only truly international grassroots tech community with
more than 30,000 tech leaders, experts and investors connecting more than 30 of
the world’s fastest-growing tech hubs and regions
by Russ Shaw
CBE, GTA is the voice of tech worldwide, championing tech ecosystems and
campaigning to address the challenges facing tech companies. Through a
collection of networks in multiple cities, each with their own working groups
dedicated to specific initiatives and verticals, Global Tech Advocates inspires
tech leaders to volunteer their time to support each other, make connections
and campaign for change.
Included VC is revolutionizing the VC
industry with its global fully funded Fellowship for individuals from diverse
communities which are often overlooked or excluded, providing access, opportunity
and knowledge into the world of VC, and creating opportunities. Over 85% of
actively seeking Fellows have successfully entered the global VC ecosystem,
spanning Asia, Europe, and North America. Included VC is committed to creating
effective multi-generational change.
Briter Bridges was founded in October 2018 as a data-driven research firm dedicated to collecting, curating, and visualizing information about business and investment across underserved markets, with a specific focus on Africa. After producing some of the largest visual libraries portraying the state of Africa’s innovative ecosystems, Briter launched its own Intelligence platform, which allows real-time tracking, crowdsourcing, and market exploration.
60 Day Startups is a UAE-based virtual accelerator for women
entrepreneurs. It helps them grow from the point of ideation to revenue
stage within 60 days.
We are a non-profit organization run by women
for women, with the goal of not only empowering them but also preparing
them to face any challenges that may arise in the startup ecosystem. We have
graduated 4 cohorts and are currently running 5th cohort with an amazing
set of upcoming founders.
e-Commerce Association of Bangladesh (e-CAB) is
the apex trade body for the digital commerce sector in Bangladesh. Championing
innovation and collaboration, Dedicated to nurturing the e-commerce ecosystem,
e-CAB actively promotes the growth of local online businesses, advocates for
progressive policies, and fosters innovation. Through strategic collaborations,
capacity-building initiatives, and policy advocacy, e-CAB plays a pivotal role
in elevating Bangladesh's e-commerce sector on the global platform, emphasizing
cross-border trade, partnership opportunities, and the holistic development of
the digital marketplace.
Female Innovators and Investors of MENA, FINOMENA- a pun of Phenomena- a non-profit entity, that serves as a one-stop shop for women entrepreneurs, building their capacity and preparing their entrepreneurial mindset with technical and 21st-century skills, providing a supportive environment with structured incubation of innovative ideas in emerging fields and trending technologies, structuring the first Angel Investors Club that will fund female-founded startups, securing fair access to resources, and by building a community of mentors and women in advanced positions who are willing to mentor, guide and pave the way for emerging entrepreneurs.
The Bureau Business Center is a purpose-built business center and co-working space in the UAE with an emphasis on creating a community to support professionals and entrepreneurs both personally and professionally.
Elevate.ba is an all-in-one
platform designed specifically for the startup community in Bosnia and
Herzegovina. It fosters collaboration and networking, creating a supportive
online ecosystem where startups can thrive.
Bloom helps individuals, enterprises, and accelerators boost their impact and growth through tools and programs that help people come alive.Our mission is to make values-driven skills development, organizational development, and entrepreneurship support universal.
The origins of the Centre date back to 2021, when the StartUp Covasna Association was
created. Since then, the initial activities of the association have expanded considerably, and it
is currently carrying out projects worth €10 million in various fields: business start-up and
development, modernization of vocational training and adult education, promotion and
introduction of agricultural innovations.
Our main mission is to promote, to support and to empower the startup ecosystem in the
central region of Romania.
We host a lot of events. But more than that, Startup Grind is a community. We bring like-minded yet diverse individuals together to connect, learn, teach, help, build, and belong. We do this daily through our local events, flagship conferences, startup membership, partner membership, student and investor programs, and online media + content – collectively reaching millions of individuals worldwide.
Jacaranda Hub is a social enterprise organization that aims at developing young people through the provision of collective services, infrastructure, and specialized tools and equipment for common use among the young and aspiring MSMEs with growth potential. We provide a conduit of resources and programs delivered through the hub and partners targeted at improving the Startup / MSME landscape, the use of ICT to create new innovations, creation of innovative institutionalized skills facilities tailored to meet the needs of MSMEs, promote use of appropriate technology and of available local resources and; promote the upgrading of skills through formalized training programs all aimed at improving people’s lives,
XNode starts from entrepreneurs, connects the resources of large enterprises, and brings together the power of investment institutions, academia, government innovation agencies, and accelerators/incubators to build a top-notch entrepreneurial innovation ecosystem.
The Fund the Gap Alliance was formed to solve the problem of underrepresentation of local African
founders in the distribution of early-stage capital to startups that are focused on African markets.
Based on both quantitative and qualitative research, it is clear that founders that were born, raised, and
schooled in Africa relatively struggle to attain funding for their startups compared to startups that either
have non-African founders or the founders attended university in other countries.
Limitless Innovation is an elite advisory firm that offers a wide range of services to scaleups and companies in the Fashion and Luxury industries.
With the presence in 6 countries, our multidisciplinary team of open innovation advisors operates at the intersection of Fashion, Business, and Technology. We believe in entrepreneurship and excellence, and we use a human-centric approach in everything we do. We are Limitless!
Risin Ventures Studio is a
MENA-India-focused Venture Studio firm. We support entrepreneurs through our
Studio Programs which include Venture Funding, Product development, Mentoring
and Go to market services. Our work focuses on startups in Fin-Tech, Deep-Tech,
Health-Tech, Sustainability and Clean-Tech verticals.
Startup Tunisia is the name of the national program aiming to make Tunisia a country of Startups at the crossroads of the Mediterranean, the MENA region and Africa.
is a leading learning and development provider in 15 countries with over 25
years of experience, offering training in Analytics, AI, Big Data, Cloud
Computing, Data Science, Dev Ops, Machine Learning, and more. As an authorized
training partner for Microsoft, AWS, Cisco, Google Cloud, and others, we
empower professionals and businesses through in-house assessments and
industry-recognized certifications, elevating employee market value.
At 1trepreneur, we understand the challenges of starting and growing a business in the MENA region. That’s why we created a space for founders to come together, share experiences, and learn from each other. By joining our community, you’ll have access to a network of mentors, investors, and fellow founders who can offer guidance and support.
StartUp Village is an incubator/accelerator that enables startups to bring their unique ideas and business concepts to reality. The goal is to help startups build disruptive technology that displaces an established technology and shakes up the industry or introduces a groundbreaking product that creates a completely new industry.
European Business Angels Network is the
pan-European representative for the early stage investor community gathering
over 100 member organizations in more than 50 countries today. Established in
1999 by a group of pioneer angel networks in Europe with the collaboration of
the European Commission and EURADA, EBAN represents a sector estimated to
invest 11.4 billion Euros a year and playing a vital role in Europe’s future,
notably in the funding of SMEs. EBAN fuels Europe’s growth through the creation
of wealth and jobs.
Riidl is an incubation centre which provides nurturing environment to early based startups by providing them work space and mentoring which enables them to contribute to the community. We also create focused groups who wants to work on projects and technology based business ideas.
The insiders advantage to professional events.
T-Hub (Technology Hub) is a premier innovation hub and ecosystem enabler based out of Hyderabad, India. T-Hub leads India’s pioneering innovation ecosystem and strives to create impact for startups, corporations and other ecosystem stakeholders. It’s mission is to enable and empower an ecosystem hungry for innovation.
We at Asiarath are the one stop for all that your venture needs – advisory, growth, networking, governmental support, sustaining ecosystems and a lot more.
Startup Mzansi is a grassroots network of entrepreneurs working together to build an environment for entrepreneurship in South Africa. Through online platforms, grassroots Startup Communities and cross-sector initiatives, Startup Mzansi is advancing entrepreneurial momentum and a culture of entrepreneurship, as the voice of African entrepreneurs.
Womennovator is the flagship program of Gvriksh (Not for profit society registered under section 12 AA (Section 80G ) of the income tax act Womennovator is a Global incubator for women supporting Women across the globe and celebrates the triumph stories & records of passionate women who dared to innovate the world and honour them with awards and recognition.
Headstart is a volunteer led organization supporting startups and entrepreneurship across India. Since its inception in 2007, Headstart has played an important role in shaping India's startup ecosystem. We strive to enable the enablers of the startup ecosystem in helping the startups and entrepreneurs of India shine!.
The Association of Startup and SMEs
Enablers of Kenya (ASSEK) is an association that brings together and represent
the interests of organizations supporting the development and growth of
startups and SMEs for maximum impact of such activities.
Associates is a Management Consultancy whose purpose is to
advance the power of digital to create lasting socio-economic impact in
emerging markets with a bias towards Africa. L&A provides strategic tailored
advisory to decision makers in the private sector, governmental and
international development institutions.
The D-Hub as a catalyst and ecosystem builder to boost entrepreneurship and multi-sector innovation* in an integrated and nationally focused way.
250STARTUPS is a multi‐partner incubation and acceleration hub which accelerates startups to be fundable for the period of six months per cohort.
Business Link UAE was established in 1999, with the aim to help individuals of all ages achieve their entrepreneurial dreams. Providing a vast range of business setup services both in UAE and KSA. We are proud to be the pioneers in the region catering to both of GCC's investment hubs.
We are committed to equipping individuals and organizations with the necessary skills they require to increase their productivity. Our skills training sessions are based on well-developed curriculums.
We are a community of accomplished investment peers who collaborate, share deal flow, and co-invest alongside top investors and funds.Year-round events and programs provide a dynamic community of fellowship, collaboration, and growth.
With relatively less capital chasing multiple startups, India could well have a shot at overtaking other countries, as the biggest Unicorn producer if the most promising and most deserving Startups decided via collective wisdom, do not languish for capital, mentoring, or growth hacks. Kofounderz Team is delighted to launch The Great Unicorn Hunt.
We are on a mission to enable diversity in the startup ecosystem. We believe the more women-founded/run startups scale up the more women will be inspired to take up entrepreneurship and actualize their potential.
We are venture builders who are driven to
create cultural impact. We seek to transfer value and transform experiences and
will only build viable and sustainable companies. We work with Governments,
Family Businesses, Corporates, and Founders
to build and launch new ventures.
The 2022 Female Angels is a movement created with the mission of diversifying the early-stage investment landscape in MENA, by building a directory of women angel investors and educating women on mastering their wealth.
The Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda) is an agency of the Department of Small Business Development (DSBD). Seda provides non-financial support to small enterprises and cooperatives. Seda’s services are accessible through its 54 branches and over 100 incubation centres and hubs nationwide.
R/GA is a global creative agency best known for combining expertise in design, technology and culture. We help deliver innovation with impact across a full spectrum of brand and marketing needs for clients throughout the GCC, Europe and the US. From creating the first digital bank for the next generation with the National Bank of Kuwait to designing comms & experiences for Nike, we push the boundaries of creativity, transforming both our clients’ businesses and entire industries.
The Marketing Society is a leading global membership community, founded in 1959 as a not-for-profit organisation. Since then, we have grown to become a highly influential community of marketing leaders around the world, with hubs in England (HQ), Scotland, Hong Kong, Singapore, United Arab Emirates and New York. We inspire, accelerate and unite the world’s smartest marketers, helping them to do well in their careers, and to do good in their organisations, the economy and society. We work together to grow marketing’s positive impact