Recent years, the UAE has consolidated its reputation as one of the world’s most future-facing and innovative nations. This makes it the ideal venue for GITEX Future Stars, a dynamic melting pot of knowledge and inspiration, bringing together innovators and start-ups with investors, industry experts and cutting-edge thinkers.
In 2018, the MENA start-up ecosystem witnessed a record year of investment growth, according to a recent MAGNiTT report, which identified some $893m worth of investment across 366 deals last year, a 31 per cent funding increase on 2017. The UAE remained the top destination for start-up investment, with 30 per cent of all deals. According to Forbes, 42 per cent of MENA start-ups are now based here.
Co-located with GITEX Technology Week, GITEX Future Stars gives these start-ups a global stage on which to shine and seize the future. It’s a forum where imaginative ideas can be seen in action, where technologies like blockchain and AI become business realities, and where industries evolve in real-time.
The event is organised across 18 different sectors and areas of opportunity, including fintech, social media, creative economy, smart homes, immersive tech, robotics, sports tech and agro tech.
It also features a hugely popular conference schedule, which in 2018 attracted leading brands and speakers such as Reddit, ASOS and Sir Tim Berners-Lee.