25 - 28 November 2019

Disruptors in action shaping the future of construction

The construction industry’s needs are rapidly evolving. The market is hungry for new ideas and solutions to address these changes, to get cost-effective solutions and to increase overall efficiencies.

This is why The Big 5 introduced Start-up City: to bridge the gap between supply and demand of the newest technologies and products in the market, offering a platform for innovation and future disruptors to flourish.

Join us on 27 November 2019 to witness the start-ups compete for the ultimate prize.

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Why exhibit at Start-up City

Start-up City is the innovation platform of The Big 5. With a 40 year presence, we have built the traction to help you boost your brand to the industry's key players.

  • Place your product in front of 68,000+ construction industry decision-makers
  • Become part of the region’s construction industry’s ecosystem
  • Network with top professionals looking to source innovative solutions


The exhibiting package includes

  • Exhibiting space with the option to get your own pod or be part of a group participation
  • Free personalised marketing support, that will maximise your visibility before, during and after the event
  • Media coverage in the region’s most prominent trade publications

The Pitch Competition

Exhibiting start-ups will also be entitled to participate in the Pitch competition:

  • A pitch training with an expert to prep you for the competition
  • 3 minutes to pitch your product, followed by 3 additional minutes of Q&A
  • All for the chance to win $5,000 in cash & marketing promotion worth $20,000

Do you have what it takes?

  • A minimum viable product suitable for the UAE market
  • Determination to scale up your business
  • Drive to shake up the industry
  • Energy to pro-actively network for four days


Meet our judges for the pitch competition

Kavya Agarwal
Investment Associate

Aref Boualwan
Senior Manager- Digital & Transformation Strategy
Consolidated Contractors Company

Robyn Brazzil

Imad Itani
Innovation Manager

Ned Jaroudi
Startup Business Development Lead
Amazon Web Services

Cinar Kurra
Chief Executive Officer
Catalyst - A Masdar-BP Initiative

Start-up City Partners