Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre Innovation Challenge

Applications are now closed. Semi-finalists will be contacted directly

The Challenge

GITEX Future Stars and Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) are on a mission to reward the best space tech startups from around the world. 

Fifteen lucky shortlisted startups will earn FREE PODS to GITEX Future Stars 2018 to pitch to MBRSC on site for a chance to win cold hard cash prizes!

If your ideas and execution seem out-of-the-world, you may even bag an MoU with MBRSC and the opportunity to collaborate on future UAE government space projects.

Think you have what it takes? 

Location: Za’abeel Hall 5, 10x Stage

For detailed timings please see our Agenda page






About Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre

The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre, founded in 2006, is home to the UAE National Space Programme. The Centre builds and operates earth observation satellites, offering imaging and data analysis services to clients around the world. The Centre launched DubaiSat-1, DubaiSat-2, and work is underway to launch KhalifaSat, which is being built purely by Emirati engineers in the UAE. The Centre is responsible for the development of the Emirates Mars Mission and the Mars Hope Probe, a mission to reach Mars orbit by 2021 and gather key science data about Mars’ atmosphere, as well as the UAE Astronaut Programme and the development of the Mars 2117 vision to build a human colony on Mars. The first step in that vision, the Mars Scientific City, will launch in 2020.

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How do I apply?

Fill out the form below and we will review your application. Should you be shortlisted, one of our team members will be in contact with you.


Shortlisted space tech startups will win a free exhibition pod at GITEX Future Stars 2018 and will pitch to the MBRSC Space Innovation Challenge Jury Panel on-site for further rewards.


What is the criteria?

Already rubbing your hands in excitement? First just make sure you meet the below criteria in order to participate:


1.Have a registered company 

2.Have a product or a pilot project

3.Must be a startup, scale up or young business with products or offerings in the following areas:

Spacecraft & Satellite Technology
All aspects of spacecraft software, hardware or enabling technologies, development, manufacture, and testing, of components, as well as propulsion and control methods
On-board & On-ground Data Handling & Processing Systems
Optimization of on-board resources and thereby mission enhancements, on-ground data handling, processing, and utilization systems – in particular value added software systems, algorithms and methods. This also includes, for example, novel antenna technologies or data transmission and computing systems and special purpose processing of Earth observation imagery
Green/Renewable Energy and Resource Management Technology
Existing space technologies that can be used to enhance quality of life on Earth, especially by reducing the environmental footprint of modern humanity. For example low/zero energy housing, or resource optimization (water) in daily life
Mars Science City – Museum and Education Facilities
Projects and business ideas for outreach and entertainment systems in the field of space research and technologies for the upcoming museum and education facilities of the Mars Science City in Dubai are welcome to apply

What are the prizes?

MBRSC is offering cash prizes to the startups that place in the top 3!


  • First Prize: USD 30,000.00
  • Second Prize: USD 20,000.00
  • Third Prize: USD 10,000.00


Winners might even score an MoU with MBRSC to work with them on future UAE government space projects!



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