Bringing together Dubai’s budding entrepreneurs and startups, in5 offers creative spaces for those interested in Tech, Media and Design. Whether you’re an aspiring film-maker, publisher, or software developer, in5 by TECOM Group has three specialised innovation centres to help your business grow.
We spent the afternoon getting to know some of the in5 entrepreneurs and startups, while learning more about how these businesses have benefited from in5.
From a futuristic robotics lab to quirky co-working spaces (there’s even a pool!), the in5 Tech Innovation Centre offers tech enthusiasts a creative space to get inspired. We got a sneak peek at some 3D printing action in the robotics lab, and even attempted moving a virtual cube using nothing but our brainwaves (who knew that was possible?!)
Entrepreneur of the day: Joseph Debs
Director of: Healthigo – a platform that connects patients to doctors, healthcare providers, pharmacies and insurance providers
Why in5: “in5 has been a great ecosystem for us. Not only do we get to work in these amazing facilities, but in5 has also provided us with a lot of opportunities for networking. With different startups here, we get to share ideas, get access to mentors and potentially investors.”
If we had to pick a favourite Innovation Centre, it would be in5 Media. We loved the creative set-up, decked out with funky industrial-style lighting and picnic-like work benches. You’ll find everything from fully-equipped production and recording studios to green rooms and editing suites (there’s even a cozy, little library area).
Entrepreneur of the day: Kira Jean
Founder of: The DreamWork Collective – a publishing agency that specialises in books about personal growth and wellness
Why in5: “I knew nothing about publishing. in5 took a chance on me and really believed in my idea. As well as the facilities here, in5 has helped me with all the legal stuff, documentation, and just the day-to-day running of a business. Being part of this kind of hub where everybody is in the same boat has made such a difference.”
Home to an outdoor space with Magis Spun Chairs (also known as ‘spinning chairs’) and swings, who wouldn’t get inspired?! in5 Design is a creative hub that’s perfect for budding designers, catering for everyone from fashion designers to engineers. You’ll even find a prototyping lab with 3D printers and specialised machinery.
Entrepreneur of the day: Nicholas Sykes
Co-Founder & MD of: Urban Surveys – offers 3D models and as-built drawings for design and promotional purposes
Why in5: “Being part of an organisation like in5 allows us to keep our costs down, as well as find opportunities for networking and financing. Also, the equipment and facilities at in5 Design allow us to take advantage of the technologies they have here.”
Interested to know more? Here’s everything you need to know about in5’s simple application process and the 5 key benefits.
For more information and to apply now, just visit the in5 website, call +971 4 451 1555, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.