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Gitex Future Stars

1417 October 2018 / Dubai World Trade Centre

GITEX Supernova Challenge

The Categories

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

*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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3rd largest pitch fund globally

3rd largest pitch fund globally

First Prize: Best Global Startup

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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What's new in 2018

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: New prize categories added: Best Social Startup + Best R&D Solution. New categories = more winners!

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

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, The event was well organised and the area of GITEX future stars was mind blowing to be honest, 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

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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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