Innovation License

DIFC is an ideal launch pad available to all tech start-ups and entrepreneurs

DIFC is a pivotal and sector specific business hub, now open and available to all start-ups, entrepreneurs and technology firms. It offers innovators an opportunity to establish, grow and scale up their innovative businesses with the DIFC Innovation License. With DIFC’s dynamic ecosystem and its world-class regulatory and legal framework, every start-up innovator and entrepreneur will be connected to a diversified community of banks, financial institutions and service providers.

The DIFC Innovation License serves as a launch pad for relevant and cutting-edge technology, in the tech start-up and entrepreneurship sector, and enables you to tap into tech innovations across the MEASA region.

With its broad remit, DIFC FinTech Hive and FinTech Fund continue to lead the MEASA region’s efforts in providing an enabling environment for innovative solutions that contribute to the development of the financial services and technology industry. The FinTech Hive and FinTech Fund are an extension of how DIFC’s enabling environment is helping young, promising start-ups and entrepreneurs to disrupt the sector. Please visit the FinTech Hive & FinTech Fund pages for more information. 

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Advantages of Setting Up in DIFC

DIFC provides access to an established legal and regulatory framework, along with a wider ecosystem of technology enablers catering to technology & innovation firms interested in developing or testing new, novel or innovative products.


Starts at $1,500/year


Access to co-working and flexible desk spaces at $500/month


Up to four visas for the first desk


Fast and simple registration


Access to local and international experts

Register in Three Steps

Simple and straightforward licensing, registration and regulation, makes setting up and operating in DIFC fast and efficient.


Discuss your proposed tech startup with DIFC advisors


Submit application documents


Receive approvals for licenses, visas and consent notifications

Make an Enquiry

Interested in setting up your startup in DIFC or have an enquiry about setting up your innovation idea? Register your interest here and a member of our team will get in touch.

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