Start-up Hub

Start-ups to take centre stage at RDPETRO 2018

Tech start-ups will play a pivotal role in bringing new perspectives for oil and gas to RDPETRO 2018, which presents a unique platform and business growth opportunities for these innovative organizations to show the potential of their projects, products and research and compete for investment.

RDPETRO provided 20 FREE exhibition spaces to the most innovative start-up businesses with the technologies and solutions which can be applied to the oil and gas industry. The winners will be announced soon. Stay tuned!

Applications for 2018 are closed, however, if you wish to participate please email

Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development will support RDPETRO Start-ups by awarding three monetary prizes

All RDPETRO Start-up exhibitors will be carefully evaluated by the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (AD DED) and the judges of RDPETRO Starts-ups. The top 3 start-ups will be awarded monetary prizes AED 50,000, AED 30,000 and AED 20,000 by the AD DED. In addition to this, AD DED will provide full support to the RDPETRO Start-up companies who show an interest to establish their business or file a patent in the UAE.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to accelerate your start-up business with the direct support from the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development!

Pitch your innovation to senior decision-makers from RDPETRO Partners’ companies

Calling all Oil and Gas start-ups!

This is your opportunity to make things happen. Accelerate your success and create the right impression with the right people in a carefully designed start-up pitch competition right here at RDPETRO 2018.

If you’ve got a great business idea that will impact the future of oil and gas, and you’re not sure how you can garner the funding to take it big, what you need is to pitch right.

NEXT Arabia, a leading consultancy highly experienced in helping start-ups get off the ground will show you how.
Because a 5 minute pitch is all that stands between you and start-up investment, RDPETRO, in partnership with NEXT Arabia, is offering a two hour coaching session for RDPETRO selected start-ups, so that you can learn how to get your game on, show your genius in communicating your ground-breaking idea while staying confident.

Make yourselves pitch ready by learning what impresses the R&D jury and key decision makers and you could be the one walking away with one of three financial prizes up for grabs for the best pitch.

The Start-up Pitch Stage Session will be moderated by Ahmed Abdulwahab, Founder and CEO of Next Arabia.

Sign up to showcase your start-up and get into the REPETRO’S start-up coaching session now!

Benefits of exhibiting at RDPETRO:

  • Have a chance to exhibit for free!
  • Pitch to the largest national, international and service oil and gas companies
  • Showcase your projects, innovations and solutions to 2,000+ key leaders and decision makers in R&D and oil and gas


  • Gain valuable input and feedback from your peers
  • Access resources to boost your research, business and innovations
  • Build affinity with the world’s largest R&D oil and gas event

“We want start-ups and their creative and entrepreneurial minds to develop and deploy their ideas and technologies to help solve real oil and gas challenges, seize new opportunities in our sector, and effectively manage through cutting-edge innovation. Those who have the daring to break away from the mold and build something bold, while being deployment focused, deserve encouragement and a stage. That is what we are giving them. Such an occasion is also a meeting point for the big players to mingle with the young ones and enjoy a mutually beneficial exchange of ideas.”

Qasem Al Kayoumi, the Chairman of RDPETRO and Unit Manager of ADNOC’s Technical Centre, home to ADNOC’s R&D

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