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Podcast: How does a construction tech start-up crack the GCC market?

Hana Barakat, programme manager of Abu Dhabi-based global accelerator Start AD, is this week's CW Viewpoint special guest

Many construction tech start-ups promise cost- and time-saving innovations, but the market is competetive for new entrants in the GCC.
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Many construction tech start-ups promise cost- and time-saving innovations, but the market is competetive for new entrants in the GCC.

While some argue that the GCC’s construction sector has been somewhat slow in its embrace of innovative technologies, few can doubt the transformative capacity of advancements such as building information modelling (BIM), augmented- and virtual-reality.

Indeed, the past two decades have seen an explosion in all manner of technologies, with the construction sector set to reap their benefits.

Many of these advancements, however, had humble beginnings – as start-ups seeking expertise, time, and investment.

In this episode of Construction Week Viewpoint, Hana Barakat, programme manager of Abu Dhabi-based global accelerator Start AD, sits down with CW’s senior reporter Jack Ball.

Together they break down the top issues facing building tech start-ups, key tips for successfully entering what is a very competitive market, and how firms like Start AD help new entrants realise their ideas in the current market landscape.

Construction Week Viewpoint is a weekly podcast series produced by the CW editorial team and published on SoundCloud and iTunes at 12:00(GST) every Monday.

Business leaders are regular podcast special guests. The weekly bulleting  has welcomed the likes of Sean McCauley, chief executive officer (CEO)of Devmark, Rizwan Sajan, founder of Dubai-headquartered building giant Danube Group, and Tech entrepreneur Karim Helal, co-founder and CEO of building portal ProTenders.

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