Great ideas for the good of the world


In line with the Year of Tolerance and building on the UAE’s founding principles of promoting co-existence of cultures and communities – in5 and GITEX Future Stars are looking for inspiring technology ideas and innovations to help tackle some of the world’s social, health, environmental or economic challenges. If you are a startup, a young entrepreneur or just about anyone on a mission of changing the world for good, join the competition and bring your idea to the big stage.

Deadline to participate is 30th September 2019!


  • This competition is open to all nationalities.

  • You don’t have to have an operational business to submit.

  • University students may apply

  • Startups or pre startups may apply


10 participants will be shortlisted to pitch their ideas to an esteemed jury panel at GITEX Future Stars 2019!

Shortlisted participants will be given 5 minutes to pitch their ideas. 3 winners will be selected to receive a bunch of rewards.

1st Prize

  • AED 10,000 cash prize

  • 3-Month complementary in5 Membership

2nd & 3rd Prize

  • 3-Month complementary in5 Membership

How to apply

Applicants should submit their applications to

Please follow the instructions below when applying:

  • Prepare your business plan in a Power Point pitch deck in the format as here
  • Please include all team members’ profile pictures, contact details and company social media handle if available
  • Additionally, you may submit a Video link of your pitch/product demo with your PowerPoint
  • The e-mail subject line for the submission should be “In5 Tech for Good Challenge”
  • File should be under 6 MB in size
  • The file name of the pitch decks should follow this format: CompanyName_TechForGood



30 Sep 2019   | Submission Closing

02 Oct 2019   | Short Listing of Finalists

9 Oct 2019     | Finalist Pitch Session and Winner Announcements



Only appointed judging committee and in5 team will have an access to the applications.


  • The competition is open to all product or service submissions based on a new technology or an innovative application of an existing technology.

  • Submission relevant to the theme of the competition will qualify for judging. The scores will be given on the following criteria:
    • Functionality | the proposition of the solution is suited to practically serve the purpose well
    • Originality | the solution is innovative and brings out fresh perspective to theme
    • Execution | the implementation of a proposed plan is methodically presented and team is experienced to develop the solution
    • UI/UX | The visual elements and experience of the proposed product or service follow seamless flow
  • Competitors may submit a 5-minute elevator-pitch video or a presentation that clearly communicates all the elements provided in the Business Plan template.
  • A team of highly experienced investors, entrepreneurs and industry experts will evaluate the competitors.

About in5

in5 is an enabling platform for entrepreneurs and startups, fostering innovation and helping new ideas reach the marketplace. Launched by TECOM Group, in5 offers five key benefits, which comprise a robust business set-up framework, training and mentorship, networking, investment opportunities, and cutting-edge prototyping labs, studios and creative workspaces.

in5’s three specialized innovation centers, tailored to Tech, Design and Media, provide aspiring students, entrepreneurs and startups with access to a community of creative minds, facilitating the constant exchange of knowledge and exposing members to best practices and latest thinking in running successful businesses.

It is our mandate at in5 to support inventive companies grow locally, so they make a tangible difference globally, by providing an enabling environment across the full lifecycle of the business.


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