Startups, Get Ready To Rumble! Supernova Challenge Is Back 2

Startups, Get Ready To Rumble! Supernova Challenge Is Back 2

Competition Details

Categories & Prizes

Book your POD to compete for Supernova Challenge 

Supernova Champion US$ 100,000 – Ultimate prize for the most innovative global startup solution 

Best Emirati Startup US$ 10,000 – For our UAE resident startup founder(s)

Best Social Impact US$ 10,000 – Startup innovation/solution addressing social & cultural issues

Best Environmental Impact US$ 10,000 – Startup innovation/solution answering environmental issues

Best GCC and MENA Startup US$10,000 – Top startup from within the GCC and MENA region

Best AI Startup US$10,000 – Startup innovation/solution incorporating AI

Best Scaleup US$ 10,000 - Startup that has received USD 3 Million & over in funding and has a developed product

Best International Startup US$ 10,000 - Startup with founder(s) residing outside the Arab world

Best Youth Startup US$ 10,000 - Startup with founder(s) who are 30 years old or younger  

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

Best Gen-Z Startup US$ 10,000 – Startup founded by someone born after 1995 (24 and below)


Evaluation Criteria

Level of Innovation: Originality of the idea

Potential: Longevity, actualization and profitability

Team: Your team’s credentials and how they will make your company a success

Functionality: Usability

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

Please note: In addition to being an exhibitor, all startups entering the competition must be -

  • at most 5 years in operation
  • must use technology in their products or services
  • must have have scalable business solutions

Application Guidelines

NEW: Generic corporate videos / animated videos are accepted!

Please see below for criteria and guidelines:

Video Criteria

Video must be a maximum of 3 minutes

Video must be uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo

Video does not need to be animated or require any significant production value – a high quality camera on a mobile phone is sufficient. i.e. It can be a ‘selfie’ styled video with a team member(s) addressing the guiding questions below or a PPT video.

You can apply to only ONE category on the pitch competition. By default ALL shortlisted startups are eligible to the Supernova Champion Category.

Deadline for applications is 30th September 2019. 


2018 Champions

Spike Diabetes Assistant took home the $100k first prize winner for Supernova Challenge l Aura Lab won Best GCC | MENA Startup, Khayati won Best Emirati Startup l Oliv won Best Youth Startup l Maj Solution won Best Female Led Startup l Onesoftdigm won Best Scale-up l Labayh won Best Social Impact l Widebot won Best Artificial Intelligence Startup l Satellite Vu won Best International Startup

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17-20 Oct 2021, Dubai World Trade Centre

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