Membership Overview

What is the in5/DDFC Membership?


Leveraging on the expertise of DDFC and in5, the strategic partnership between the two entities was put in place to present the in5/DDFC Membership platform. The membership gives professionals in design, tech and media of all career levels access to a comprehensive suite of benefits for promotion, talent development, business support, workspace, facilities and equipment. The in5/DDFC membership will foster a startup-friendly environment, and empower innovative, home-grown businesses on the road to success, from advisement and internship programmes structured to enhance your opportunities, to personalized one-on-one mentorships and greater exposure to industry pioneers. In addition to professional workshops and training sessions to hone your skills and check in with best practices, legal, business, and financial advisory, local & international showcasing opportunities, competitions, and access to workspace and specialized facilities, studios and labs.

About in5


in5 is an enabling platform for entrepreneurs and startups, fostering innovation and helping new ideas reach the marketplace. Launched by TECOM Group, in5 offers five key benefits, which comprise a robust business set-up framework, training and mentorship, networking, investment opportunities, and cutting-edge prototyping labs, studios and creative workspaces.

in5’s three specialized innovation centers, tailored to Tech, Design and Media, provide aspiring students, entrepreneurs and startups with access to a community of creative minds, facilitating the constant exchange of knowledge and exposing members to best practices and latest thinking in running successful businesses.

At in5, it is our mandate to help inventive companies grow locally, so they make a tangible difference globally, by providing an enabling environment across the full lifecycle of the business.

Membership Benefits


Besides joining a diverse community of like-minded peers, members have access to year-round workshops, talent development, events, mentor guidance and more.

All members have access to the following benefits:

-Talent development (Internship opportunities, Mentorship programme, Workshops and talks)

-Business support (Legal, Business & Financial advisory)

-Promotion (Showcasing opportunities, Members Directory, Competitions, Networking and social events)

-Workspace, Facilities and Equipment


-Member Privileges (Discounted and preferential rates for a variety of goods and services)

Application Process


  1. Fill the online application form
  2. Attach required documents
  3. Application will be evaluated by in5/DDFC committee
  4. Applicant will be notified by email and the applicant’s profile will be active on DDFC’s website

in5/DDFC Membership Annual Fees


  • Student AED 400
  • Emerging Designer AED 800
  • Established Designer AED 1500
  • Entrepreneur & Industry Professional AED 1000

Membership Type


You’re a current university student enrolled in a design, tech, or media-related programme.

Membership Type

Emerging Designer

You are a recent design graduate or professional with up to five years of work experience.

Membership Type

Established Designer

You have over five years of professional experience and a deep knowledge of your craft.

Membership Type

Entrepreneur & Industry Professional

You are an entrepreneur, freelancer or a professional in the design, tech and media industry.