Enoc Group on Monday announced the launch of Next, an accelerator programme designed to unlock growth opportunities and tackle challenges in the energy sector.

Next underpins the company’s commitment to contributing to the UAE’s future agenda and Dubai’s vision to be a global platform for knowledge-based, sustainable and innovation-focused businesses, Enoc said, adding that it aims to build new digital ventures.

The company said it has partnered with several global players to deliver the different components of Next including BCG Digital Ventures, a US-based corporate investment and incubation firm, Moro, the Dubai government owned digital data hub and EY, a multinational professional services firm.

Next will improve Enoc’s innovation and digitalisation capability to help meet the organisation’s goals of building world-class competencies, delivering operational excellence and profitable growth, while enhancing the happiness of employees, customers and partners.

Saif Humaid Al Falasi, group CEO of Enoc, said: “The UAE is deliberately advancing its innovation agenda to create breakthrough solutions that can address global opportunities and pressing challenges.

"From developments such as Area 2071’s hosting of 20 global start-ups valued at AED42.2million to participate in two global accelerator programmes, to Dubai’s plans to invest AED1 billion in projects and companies that take part in its future accelerators programme, the move towards encouraging research and development and incubation programmes across key sectors is a reality.”

He added: “At Enoc, we believe in the importance of disruption and entrepreneurialism to be able to answer new and unseen challenges and Next is designed to do just that. In addition to creating new revenue streams through digital ventures, Next will also look at synergies between different segments across the Group and leverage our existing data and knowledge to unlock growth opportunities across different markets.”