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Gitex Future Stars

1417 October 2018 / Dubai World Trade Centre

The Innovation Cup


An innovation cup is an international competition inviting startups to answer to leading corporate and Government entities challenges, creating solutions with market potential. By helping corporate and government buyers address these challenges lucky startups could be in with the chance to win a variety of prizes. Startups from around the world are invited to participate. 

*Note: Applications to enter the competition will open in 2018

What's new in 2018

Win a POD: Win an exhibition pod in one of our sponsored industry sectors of the show floor to showcase your startup along with x3 day passes.

More competitions: Each sector sponsor has the opportunity to host an innovation cup. More competitions = more winners!

Get noticed: Earn a collaboration with one of our high profile partners, which could include financing your prototypes, becoming commercial partners, or investing in your startup.

Variety of Prizes: Win cash prize and much more!  last year we gave away 100,000$ cash prize and a fully sponsored trip to Silicon Valley.

*How to apply: instructions on how to apply along with the schedule and key dates will be available soon. Stay tuned!  

Futurism by Dubai Tourism

The Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) held an Innovation Cup where startups pitched their solutions across two categories: Hospitality & the Visitor experience in Dubai. Thirty of the best and brightest start-ups out of hundreds of entries were selected by DTCM. The shortlisted entries received free pods at GITEX Future Stars and the top three startups in each category took home hard earned cash!

Meet the Dubai Tourism Winners 2017! 

Accenture Innovation Awards

In partnership with Expo 2020 Dubai, Fintech Hive at DIFC and Etisalat Digital - Accenture provided an opportunity of a lifetime to startups that went the extra mile.

Shortlisted participants presented their ideas in front of a jury comprising of senior executives from Accenture, Expo 2020 Dubai, Fintech Hive at DIFC and Etisalat Digital. Startups from around the world applied for the inaugural Accenture Innovation Awards.

The winners not only got an all-expenses paid trip to Silicon Valley with Accenture, but were also assisted for meetings with investors.

View the full gallery of 2017 winners

  • With the prize we were able to recruit a bigger team and thus get the product to market faster… All in all, winning at GFS gave us an incredible exposure in the region and a boost to reaching our next milestone.
    Startup shoutout - Ibrahim Ezzeddine
    Co-Founder & CEO, Cherpa

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