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DISRUPTORS IN ACTION

Meet the disruptors

Start-up City - the dedicated innovation platform at The Big 5 will run LIVE and IN-PERSON from 12-15 September.

Grab this opportunity to meet with some of the most agile start-ups, discover cutting-edge technologies in construction and explore how they can elevate your next project to a new level.

Also, don't forget to catch the buzz around our pitch competition, taking place on 14th September (Hall 1, Theatre 1), as the start-ups battle it out in front of a live audience for the top prize!

Start-up City Pitch Competition

14 September 2021 | 12:00PM - 4:00PM

Our exhibiting start-ups enter the highly regarded Start-up City Pitch Competition in a battle to win the below exciting prizes and opportunities:

$25,000 worth of bespoke marketing package

A carefully curated package of social posts, press release, case study and email campaigns promoting the winning start-up to our entire database of construction professionals.

Chance to win a cash investment ranging from $30,000 to $500,000.

Powered by Draper.VC and AladdinB2B.com, the Draper-Aladdin Startup Competition (DASC) gathers innovative startups to compete for the Startup Hero title and up to half a million dollars in cash investment. Wait— that’s not all. The winner gets a shot at international publicity and crowdfunding, through the Meet the Drapers TV Show.

Opportunity provided at Draper-Aladdin’s discretion.

Funding opportunity by Catalyst

Catalyst to select a start-up to be considered for funding. Benefit from Catalyst’s expertise to prepare you for their internal investment committee session for the chance to get funding.

Opportunity provided at Catalyst’s discretion.

A reserved spot in Dubai Startup Hub’s program

A selected startup will be reserving a spot in the program that will take place during final quarter of this year. The program provides three months of engagement where the startup can benefit from learning all about Dubai Market and legalities of setting up, discover opportunities in new markets and meet new Dubai corporates of their interest. On successful completion of the program, the startup will be given the “Market Ready” stamp.

Opportunity provided at DSHs’ discretion.

Opportunity to be selected as part of Microsoft for Startups’ program

Microsoft for Startups to select a start-up to be considered for their program. Benefit from Microsoft for Startups expertise bringing a global incentive program dedicated to helping B2B startups successfully scale their companies.

Opportunity provided at Microsoft for Startups’ discretion.

Meet our expert judging panel

We are pleased to introduce the industry experts who will judge the Start-up City Pitch Competition and will select the worthiest competitor as the winner of $25,000 of marketing promotion value.

Dr. Anas Bataw
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Dr. Anas Bataw

Director Centre of Excellence in Smart Construction (CESC)

Aref Boualwan
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Aref Boualwan

Group Manager Digital Transformation

Cinar Kurra
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Cinar Kurra

CEO Catalyst

Imad Itani
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Imad Itani

Innovation Manager ALEC

Mandar Joshi
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Mandar Joshi

Angel Investor I Start-up Mentor Deal Advisor Keynote Speaker

Mohamad Sabouneh
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Mohamad Sabouneh

Managing Director Startupbootcamp

Natalia Sycheva
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Natalia Sycheva

Senior Manager - Special Projects and Entrepreneurship Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry

Ned Jaroudi
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Ned Jaroudi

Startup Business Development Lead Amazon Web Services

Alaa Ismail
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Alaa Ismail

Founder & CEO AladdinB2B

Dr. Marlene Muller
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Dr. Marlene Muller

Academic Head of Business, Management and Enterprise Associate Professor in Leadership Heriot-Watt University (Dubai)

Supporting Partners

Ecosystem Partners

Community Partner

12 - 15 SEPTEMBER 2021
DUBAI WORLD TRADE CENTRE

OPENING TIMES

Sunday, 12 September
11:00 - 18:00

Monday, 13 September
10:00 - 18:00

Tuesday, 14 September
10:00 - 18:00

Wednesday, 15 September
10:00 - 17:00

CONTACT US

Sales Enquiries
Maria Kyriazi
Special Events Executive

Marketing Enquiries
Vanisha Pereira
Marketing Executive

Note: Admission is free for trade and industry professionals. Visitors under age 18 will not be permitted.