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Gitex Future Stars

812 October 2017 / Dubai World Trade Centre

GITEX Supernova Challenge

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Question is, are you ready to bring it?

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This is it, the big kahuna. We’re literally giving away $180k in cash to f the most innovative startups from around the world.

If you can turn 3 minutes into thousands of dollars in cash, can talk the talk and think you’ve got what it takes?  

Then read on. 

How does it work?

The competition is an exclusive benefit for exhibiting startups at GITEX Future Stars. If you don't have your pod yet, you can apply for one here, prices start from just $1,650.

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All startups taking part in the competition must submit a 3 min investor pitch video to the GITEX Future Stars within 15 days of their registration.

Startup pitches will be screened by a jury of 10 international  venture capital investors. 

Each investor scores the startups on a scale of 0-5 based on the information the startup has provided. The Jury will calculate scores and select 50 startups to pitch onsite. 

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The deadlines

Deadline to confirm your participation is no later than 15th August 2017.

The startups that are selected to pitch onsite will be informed no later than 10th September 2017. 

All semi-finalists will be considered for best in class prizes.

Enter the competition

The Categories

Sectors: Best in Class
Best Fintech * Best Smart City * Best EdTech * Best HealthTech * Best IoT * Best Logistics * Best Robotics * Best AR/VR * Best Digital Media * Best Consumer Tech solution

Geographies: Best in Class 
Best Scandinavian * Best African * Best European * Best Asian startup

Additional Categories:
Best Arab Startup * Best Youth Startup * Most Disruptive Startup * Best Female Led Startup

Enter the competition

The Prizes

First Prize: Best Global Startup
$100,000 

Best in Geography & Best In Class 
$1,000 per category

Additional Categories: 
Best Arab Startup, Best Youth Startup, Most Disruptive Startup, Best Female Led Startup - $10,000 per category

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Essential Information

Pitching Onsite

The Start Up Pitch competition kicks off on October 8 with 25 companies pitching in the first semi-finals.

The next day at GITEX Future Stars (October 9), the remaining 25 semi-finalists will get evaluated but our top international VC jury panel. Out of these, 15  startups in total will be selected to pitch in finals (October 10)  to compete for the Best Global Startup award, $100,000 USD in no-equity cash. In addition to the Best Global Startup award, GITEX Future Stars is introducing  14 new categories to attract and reward tech, industry leaders.

All semifinalists will be considered for best in class prizes.

GITEX reserves the rights to change the rules of the competition at any time.

The Selection Process

All startups taking part in the competition must submit a 3 min investor pitch video to GITEX Future Stars Team within 15 days of their registration.

We limit each pitch to 3 minutes, which keeps the message simple, focused, and straightforward. While we want our entrepreneurs to make their presentations unique to their business, we do give them some guidance on things that have worked for startups presenting to our investors in the past.

Here’s the  guide we give to startups on what info they should include in their 3 minute pitch:

1.Give a high-level summary of what your company does

2.What is the problem you are looking to solve and why should your audience care?

3.What is the size of your market?

4.What is the size of your team ?

5.What do your customers need and why?

6.What is your sales and distribution model?

7.What are you trying to accomplish?

8.How much are you looking to raise?

9.What will you use your money on?

Startup pitches will be screened by a jury of 10 international  venture capital investors. Each investor scores the startups on a scale of 0-5 based on the information the startup has provided in the video pitch. Jury will calculate scores and select 50 startups to pitch onsite at GITEX Future Stars and compete for  prize awards totaling US$160,000.

The startups selected to pitch onsite at GITEX Supernova Challenge will be informed directly by September 10th  at the latest, and the selected startup videos will also be published on the GITEX Future Stars. The startups that do not get selected are also informed by the aforementioned date.

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The Champions of 2016

Acacus Technologies took home the $100k first prize for Best Global Startup, Akoustic Arts won Best Female Startup, Sawagy for Best Arab Startup and Teachme NOW won Best Youth Startup #braggingrights

“Winning the Global Startup of the Year award at GITEX Global Startup Movement means everything to us. Besides winning the competition, being part of the ecosystem created by the whole Startup Movement in Dubai has been an amazing experience,”
Talal Bin Halim, Managing Director, Acacus Technologies

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