Startups to win big prizes and cash at GITEX Future Stars event

GITEX Future Stars, the biggest ever confluence of the global start-up ecosystem, is set to offer entrepreneurs a chance to win funding and opportunities to spur innovation through a targeted series of hosted competitions, Innovation cups and corporate pitch opportunities.

GITEX Future Stars is the Middle East and Africa’s largest start-up confluence of global tech entrepreneurs, international investors and corporate buyers.

The event will be held alongside GITEX Technology Week from October 8 – 12, 2017 at Dubai World Trade Centre. The start-up conference will offer entrepreneurs the opportunity to win over AED 1.2 million in prizes. Prizes include cash to support entrepreneurship, trips to Silicon Valley and the chance to pitchfork key leaders in the start-up ecosystem.

The event will host the GITEX Supernova Challenge, a series of pitch competition offering exhibiting start-ups the opportunity to win over USD 180,000 in prize money across 18 categories including best global start-up, most disruptive start-up and best youth start-up. Shortlisted start-ups will pitch their ideas to an esteemed panel of international venture capital investors.

GITEX Future Stars will also feature a collaborative entrepreneurship program in partnership with Wanda. Wanda is the leading platform for entrepreneurs in the Middle East and North Africa to promote corporate start-up engagement in the region. Over a series of workshops and pitching sessions, select start-ups will come together to solve critical enterprise challenges with the goal of initiating partnerships with large regional and international companies.

At the event ACCENTURE will launch the Accenture Innovation Awards, an initiative that identifies and supports the best ideas that use technology to solve tomorrow’s problems today. Winners will be chosen across three categories: Artificial Intelligence, Fintech and Social Impact.

Winning start-ups will receive an all-expenses paid trip to Silicon Valley, with Accenture assisting them in investor meetings. Winners of the Fintech and Social Impact categories will win an automatic placement at the Fintech Hive Investor Day and Expo Live Grant Program, valued at US$100,000 each. Moreover winners will receive access to a team of industry experts at Accenture, who will mentor, advise and counsel the winners on their businesses, including operations and client management.

To enhance tourism experience in Dubai, Dubai Tourism and Commerce Marketing is running a competition to seek the next big thing in travel technology. The top 30 entries will receive their own space at GITEX Future Stars in October to showcase their ideas.

GITEX Future Stars Women Innovation Partner, NAMA Women Advancement Establishment is supporting the participation of eight Emirati women-only start-ups to showcase groundbreaking ideas to the audience who are from all corners of the globe. At the event NAMA will also launch the Badiri Business Entrepreneurship Virtual Academy, digital platform for aspiring and current entrepreneurs, providing resources training and a community of empowered peers.

Through this event GITEX Future Stars extends an essential platform for entrepreneurs to showcase their ideas and Innovation on a global stage. This event brings to Dubai the world’s leading angel investors, venture capitalists, entrepreneurs and innovators from across 75 countries to network and unleash the potential of the next big opportunity.

GITEX Future Stars is the Middle East and Africa’s largest start-up confluence of global tech entrepreneurs, international investors and influential corporate buyers.

For more information please contact

Annie Bricker

Manager – PR and Media Relations

Dubai World Trade Centre

Mobile +971 55 7476782

Email: [email protected]

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