ADGM Tech Startup license

This license enables tech companies to establish operations in the UAE quickly and easily.

What is an ADGM Tech Startup

The ADGM Tech Startup license encourages entrepreneurship in the MENA region by removing cost as a barrier to entry for technology-driven startups. Eligible businesses will benefit from the discounted licensing fee structure for up to 5 years of operations in ADGM. Successful applicants will receive an operational license through which they can set up their bank account, commence invoicing activities and apply for employee visas.

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Considerations of an ADGM Tech
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Not all startups are eligible for an ADGM Tech Startup license. An application must include a  detailed business plan  demonstrating that the company is a technology-driven startup with an innovative business concept that has the potential to scale, promotes innovation, can be deployed in the UAE, and contributes to the development of the local economy.

Permitted activities

This type of license does not cover regulated financial services, consumer retail or manufacturing.

Types of licenses

There are two types of ADGM Tech Startup licenses available: Seed and Emergent. The license available to a startup will depend on its stage of maturity. The licensing fee payable to ADGM varies depending on the type of license applicable to the startup.

Flexible ownership

There is no minimum share capital and no maximum number of shares or shareholders for an ADGM Tech Startup license. Entrepreneurs from any country can apply for a license, but they will need to appoint at least one signatory who is a UAE Resident or GCC National. Clara can provide nominee signatory services.

Ease of incorporation and administration

The incorporation application, renewal filings and ongoing administration of an ADGM Tech Startup license are entirely digital and documents can be signed online. There are minimal annual obligations with no requirement of an annual shareholder meeting.

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