Supernova Challenge 2021

Supernova Challenge 2021

Are you ready to come, pitch & conquer?

The most exciting startup pitch competition, GITEX Future Stars Supernova Challenge has now partnered with Tim Draper – Silicon Valley’s legendary venture capitalist who ‘early invested’ in over 30 unicorns including Hotmail, Skype, Tesla, Baidu, SpaceX & Bitcoin. 

Through this partnership, our Supernova Challenge will now have a new Draper-Aladdin Supernova prize, , where one of our 12 Supernova Challenge finalists will get up to USD 500,000 from Tim Draper and Draper Associates. Winner of the Draper-Aladdin prize also gets featured on the popular Tim Draper show in USA - ‘Meet The Drapers’. Also startups will win from USD 100,000 across 12 categories of the Supernova Challenge.

BIGGEST CASH PRIZE EVER!

GREAT PRIZES UP-FOR-GRABS

  • Draper - Aladdin Supernova Prize
    Upto USD500K investment from Tim Draper
    Winner will have the change to be featured on ‘Meet the Drapers’ show
     
  • GFS Supernova Rewards
    Total USD 100,000 (USD 55K for Supernova Champion and USD 4K per category)

Pick Your Category

  • Best Emirati Startup – USD 4,000
  • Best GCC Startup – USD 4,000
  • Best International Startup – USD 4,000
  • Best Social & Environmental Impact – USD 4,000
  • NEW! Best Youth/University Startup – USD 4,000
  • NEW! Best SportsTech – USD 4,000
  • Best AI Startup – USD 4,000
  • Best Fintech Startup – USD 4,000
  • Best Martech (Marketing Technology) – USD 4,000
  • NEW! Best Blockchain Startup – USD 4,000
  • NEW! Best Creativity Economy – USD 4,000
  • Overall Champion – USD55,000

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 scalable business solutions
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Application Guidelines

Application Guidelines

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.

Your Supernova Challenge Hosts


 

Supernova Judges - Semi Finals


 

Supernova Judges - Finals


 

What are past winners have to say

2020

Ronaldo (Rajar) Cohin

See the excitement of our 2020 Supernova Champion, Jade Autism from Brazil as share their experience at the show. 

-Ronaldo (Rajar) Cohin, CEO & Founder of Jade Autism

Watch the video

 

2019

GFS

Hear our 2019 Supernova Champion shares how winning propelled his startup to the next level

- Jose Rubinger, Co-founder, Key2Enable

 

Hear Full Interview

2018

GFA

“Our prize winnings allowed us to grow the team and enhance our product..we’re now launching major new updates as well as Recipes by Spike for diabetics cooking at home.”

- Ziad Alame, Founder, Spike

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2017

GFS

“Winning at GITEX Future Stars changed the course of our startup … we’ve had huge visibility for years to follow.”

– Mustafa Mousa, Co-Founder & CEO, Sadeem International

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NOT TAKING PART IN THE PITCH?
YOU CAN STILL BE PART OF THIS HUGE MOMENT FOR STARTUPS


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17-20 Oct 2021, Dubai World Trade Centre

Timings:
17-20 Oct: 10 AM - 5 PM