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Gitex Future Stars

812 October 2017 / Dubai World Trade Centre

Rule Breakers. Game Changers. Dream Makers.

812 October 2017 / Dubai World Trade Centre

Forget everything you know about a startup event. 

GITEX Future Stars is a ground-breaking, boundary pushing startup event for rule breakers, game changers and dream makers.

Be inspired by the imaginations of entrepreneurs to change the world around you and propel your business further than you could have ever imagined. 

Start your journey

Six words, six reasons: Meet. Pitch. Inspire. Compete. Expand. Grow.

  • 01. Facetime with investors

    Meet globally renowned VC's responsible for some of the world's biggest startups such as Uber, Facebook and Snapchat.
  • 02. Be where the money is

    Utilize the world's wealthiest government & corporate buyers in the fastest growing tech hub on the planet
  • 3. Their success is your inspiration

    Scale up your knowledge via tech heavyweights who will share their tips for success

  • 4. Accelerate your growth

    Colab with major global partners to solve critical enterprise challenges in the Innovation Cups

  • 5. Amplify your reach, showcase your products

    Meet the global tech community and connect with 50k+ techies and 700 startup's from 75 countries

  • 6. Strut Up Pitch Competition

    Rise up and break the mold to walk away with more than $180,000 in cash.

The event in a nutshell.


This is the place to learn from the biggest names in the industry.

Raise, Scale, Disrupt DXB combine everything from mentor clinics, to fireside chats, to phenomenal main stage headliner keynotes. 

Content for every startup at every stage, this is the hottest startup  ticket in town. 

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We're expecting over 150 speakers to take to the stages, over the summer we will announce the full line up of who is coming.

Confirmed speakers so far include Benju Rogers, Founder of Pledge Music and CEO of dotblockchainmedia. Toby Shapshak  Editor-in-Chief of Stuff Magazine and Columnist of Forbes and Patrick Grove Chairman and Co-Founder of IFLIX. 

Get the lowdown


We are running 3 amazing competitions giving you amazing opportunities to win thousand's in cash, plus competitions to partner with enterprise and win your flight & accommodation and pod at the events. 

Top prize in the pitch competition is a cool $100k - will you be the winner?

See what's in store


This is where you make connections that last beyond 5 days. We pride ourselves on the fantastic networking opportunities you're going to experience at GITEX Future Stars.

You can meet peers, investors, corporate buyers, technology giants and big Government players. 
As a startup or an investor, this is the only place you need to be.

Start connecting

Will you leave victorious?

Dubai Tourism Competition  

If you have the best in travel tech you could be a winner with Dubai Tourism. They are looking for the most innovative and disruptive tourism solutions that have the potential to enhance a tourists experience in Dubai. Got what it takes?

Find out more

GITEX Supernova Challenge

Could you turn a 3 minute pitch into a $100k cheque? If you've got the skills to stand out on The Main Stage then our panel of judges are waiting for you. Exclusively for exhibitors of Startup, the GITEX Supernova Challenge has $180k up for grabs to entrants.

Enter the competition

The Innovation Cup

Working with VISA we are inviting startups to work hand-in-hand with enterprise to solve critical business problems. Through workshops and presentations startups have the potential to win serious industry partnerships to bolster their position in the global startup ecosystem.

Get involved

Look who's talking: The Main Stage


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For Startups

For Startups

Because ambition alone isn’t enough, demand more!

  • Startups get a uniquely designed pod exhibit stand, branding, power and wifi
  • Pitch to win big! $USD 180,000 in cash prizes to be won
  • Promotional marketing support to put you on the global stage
  • Access to investors with $7bn worth of funds globally
  • Your start up pod exhibit stand, build and all inclusions
  • Access to 4,000 tech giants coming together for GITEX Technology Week


All from just $1,650. All in. Apply Now

For Investors

For Investors

The Future is here. Where are you?

  • Face to face meetings with 700+ startups exhibiting at the show through facilitated by the show team
  • The LP Summit, bringing together investors to discuss the tech landscape and opportunities driving forward innovation
  • The exclusive investor networking reception where the wider regional investment community will join regional VC's, angel investors and wealth funds seasoned in the startup ecosystem
  • Meet some of the corporate entities across industry who are also the biggest regional buyers, partners and pilot testing grounds of pioneering tech .


Join the Investors Programme

Latest News & PR

  • As time passes and generations age, wants and needs evolve, and target markets shift. This means that leaders across all industries have to adapt to changing clientele and mobile app design is certainly no exception. Designers need to have this in the back of their minds, otherwise their products risk failure. Currently, marketers across the globe are trying to figure out ways to reach millennials — the large group of people born (roughly) between 1980 and 2000. They were named such because they were the first generation of people to come of age in the new millennium. They weren’t necessarily born with computers, but their lives have been heavily impacted by them.Millennials are often criticised for having their heads constantly buried in mobile devices.

  • Facebook might be cooking up an advanced modular device which features a phone, a speaker, GPS support, a touch display, and a microphone, as per a recent patent application. Modular hardware allows users to swap out different pieces to enable functions like a camera or a battery pack.

  • The Internet of Things (IoT) solutions market in the GCC region is poised for solid growth and is likely to be worth $11 billion over the next eight years, said an industry expert.


  • The opportunity to meet with startup teams from around the world and from different industries in one place face-to-face is very valuable and highly effective.
    Erich Sieber
    Partner and SVP, Inventages Venture Capital
  • Look at the calibre of entrepreneurs and the concepts that were showcased this year to see that the UAE is ready to step-up to the global stage and position itself as a major hub of innovation and future technology.
    Tanaz Dizadji
    Founder and CEO, insydo

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