Impact Scale Up

DMCC Impact Scale Up Program

powered by C3
More details on the program will be coming soon

About the Program

Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC), the world’s most interconnected Free Zone, and the leading trade and enterprise hub for commodities, in partnership with C3 (Companies Creating Change) are launching an Impact Scale-up Program. C3 is a UAE-based social enterprise empowering impact-driven entrepreneurs across the Middle East, Africa and Turkey through accelerator and scale-up programs.
The program goal will be to support businesses aligned with UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), enabling them to maximise their social and environmental impact whilst boosting their growth and financial performance.

A total of 20 impact businesses looking to setup in DMCC from across the globe will be selected and offered access to:

  • Substantial savings on business setup costs with 70% discounts on licence fees and flexi-desk space for the first two years
  • Additional discounts on the licence renewal and office space from the third to fifth year
  • A tailored scale-up program delivered by C3 including an opportunity to pitch to investors
  • UAE market access opportunities

Program Benefits

Group Workshops

Customised and interactive workshops on impact entrepreneurship topics

Personalised Support

One-on-one support from business and impact experts


Access to our network of impact investors and potential clients

Cash prizes

An opportunity to compete and win equity-free cash prizes

Eligibility Criteria

To apply to the C3 Impact Accelerator Program, your startup must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  1. Based in one of the following countries: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, KSA, Kuwait, Oman, Turkey, Qatar, and UAE.
  2. Operational & revenue generating for at least two years.
  3. Contribute to at least one of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
  4. Full-time commitment from at least one of the founders.
  5. Fluent in written and spoken English.

Not sure if you are eligible to apply? CONTACT US and we will be happy to assist you.

Application Process

Step 1: Fill Out the Application Form

Make sure you submit the completed application by February 18th 2022 and ensure that all the information you provide is accurate and up to date. 

Incomplete forms will not be considered.

Step 2: Complete the Growth Predictor Test

(Shortlisted applicants only)

If your application is shortlisted (we will select shortlisted applicants on a rolling basis), you will receive a link by email providing you with access to the C3 Growth Predictor test. This must be completed by February 25th 2022 in order to be considered for the semi-finals.

Note: the C3 Growth Predictor test is mandatory for all shortlisted applicants that want to be considered for the semi-finals, however the results are not considered in the selection process. The Growth Predictor Report will inform our program design team on what the selected participants need. This is an excellent tool to assess whether shortlisted applicants are growth-ready!

Step 3: Attend Semi-Finalist Online Training

By March 16th 2022, C3 will announce 40 semi-finalists that will access the unique C3 online training. The training includes interactive lectures and group workshops that Semi-Finalists will benefit from.

Lectures and Workshops: Throughout March 2022

Note: the Semi-Finalist online training is mandatory for all applicants who wish to be considered for the finals.

Step 4: Submit Assessment Deliverables

(Semi-finalists only)

If you are amongst the selected 40 semi-finalists, you will be requested to submit a few deliverables by the first week of April 2022.

The documents will be reviewed and assessed by C3 experts, who will interview and select 20 finalists by early May 2022 to take part in the final stage of the program.

Step 5: Congratulations!

(Finalists only)

The 20 finalists will receive access to the Finalist online training during the month of May 2022. The training includes:

  • group workshops
  • one-on-one expert support tailored to your enterprise's individual needs
  • networking events with investors

In June 2022 (dates to be confirmed) you will have the opportunity to simulate a board meeting with senior professionals and investors as well as participate in a pitch competition to win:

  • cash prizes
  • media coverage
  • pro-bono support from our blue-chip partners
Share this program with an entrepreneur

C3’s commitment to furthering Impact, via entrepreneurship, is awe inspiring. It has been amazing experience.

Mazen Omair, Co-founder and CEO, EduPloyment

To all fellow founders, it has been a pleasure to work and interact with all of you, I wish you all success in your mission to change the world.

Amr Yusif, Co-founder and CEO, FinFlx

You’ve inspired us to dream bigger, and so the real work to apply everything we have learned begins!

Diana Wilde, Co-founder and CEO, Aurora 50
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