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Gitex Future Stars

1417 October 2018 / Dubai World Trade Centre

GITEX Supernova Challenge

4x new categories = 4x more winners!

New Categories

Best Emirati Startup: US$10,000 - Startup founder(s) must be from the UAE

Best Social Impact: US$10,000 -  Startup must show development, and implementation of solutions to social, cultural, and/or environmental issues.

Best AI Startup: US$10,000 - Startup must utilize AI as a core technology in their product/service.

Best Creative Economy: US$10,000 - Startup solution must show economic impact for cultural and creative industries (music, film, fashion, food)

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US$180K prize pool - the 3rd largest  for startups globally split across 9x categories

Returning Categories

SuperNova Champion: US$100K - Prize for the most innovative global startup solution.

Best Arab Startup: US$10,000 -  Startup founder(s) must be resident of one of the Arab countries. 

Best International Startup: US$10,000 - Startup founder(s) must be resident of a country outside of the Arab world.   

Best Youth Startup: US$10,000 - Startup founder(s) must be 30 years old or younger.              

Best Female Led Startup: US$10,000 - Startup must be founded by female entrepreneur(s) 

Note: Only startups that are exhibiting at GITEX Future Stars 2018 are eligible for the Supernova Challenge. 


What's new in 2018

Pitch practice: Pitch practice sessions between finalists & VCs organized by GITEX Future Stars.

More exposure: Guaranteed Media Presence in the Finals  & Livestream on GFS social media channels.

New categories: 2x new categories = 2x more winners! Stay tuned for the announcement!

Audience vote: 20% your score will be decided by the audience to encourage engagement with your fellow entrepreneurs.

Please note: Only startups that are exhibiting at GITEX Future Stars 2018 are eligible for the Supernova Challenge. You can register your interest to exhibit below. 

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Evaluation Criteria

Level of Innovation: originality of the idea

Potential: longevity, actualization and profitability

Team: who is your team and how will they make your company a success?

Functionality: usability

Goodness: What is the impact of your product on social, cultural, and/or environmental issues. 

Please note: competition is open to Startups up to 5 years of age that use technology in their products or services , have received under US$2 million in funding and have scalable business solutions

The Champions of 2017

Sadeem Technology took home the $100k first prize winner for Best Global Startup, Melltoo won Best Female Led Startup, Cherpa won Best Youth Startup & Modeo Systems won Best Disruptive Startup. 

All day we had seen our incredible finalists take to the 10x Stage to present their pitches to our judging panel.

  • Our experience was amazing... being the winners of the event makes it one of the highlights in timeline as a startup surely and in my life truly.
    Startup shoutout - Mustafa Mousa. Best Global Startup, GITEX Supernova Challenge 2017
    Cofounder & CEO at Sadeem

Where next?

Supernova Challenge FAQ

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For more information about GITEX Future Stars, please contact us at: +971 4 306 4509 or for any general questions, please email 

NOTE: Your admission to GITEX Future Stars does not include entry into GITEX Technology Week.

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Show Dates & Times
Sunday 14 October: 13.00-19.00
Monday 15 October: 11.00 - 19.00
Tuesday 16 October: 11.00 - 19.00
Wednesday 17 October 11.00 - 17.00


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