The Fintech Surge Advance Team is a group of Fintech leaders from around the world engaging in year-round activities from online discussions, closed-door meetings, webinars, interviews, and in-person meetups in Dubai.



There’s fame, glory and surefire success in the offering for the incredibly ingenious Fintech startups. The Supernova Challenge returns in partnership with GITEX Future Stars to give global startups a chance to grand-stand their ideas, grab the world’s attention and win a bulk of cash from the prize-pool of US$ 99,000.

The battleground is set with big prizes, serious buyers, and a flock of active funders and founders joining the jury duty. It’s now up to you startups, if you think you’ve got what it takes, apply before 31 August 2021.

Evaluation Criteria


Appointed judges will evaluate all submitted pitches based on the following criteria from a scale of 1 to 5:

  • Level of Innovation: Originality of the idea
  • Potential: Longevity, actualization and profitability
  • Team: Teams’ credentials and how they will make the company a success
  • Functionality: Usability
  • Goodness: What is the impact of the product on social, cultural, and / or environmental issues

Eligibility Requirements


All startups entering the competition must be

  • An exhibitor of Fintech Surge, Future Blockchain Summit, GITEX Future Stars, AI Everything, and Marketing Ma
  • At most 5 years in operation
  • Must use technology in their products or services
  • Must have scalable business solutions

Video Entry


All applicants must submit a URL to their video application. Below are the guidelines:

  • Video must be a maximum of 3 minutes
  • Video must be uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo
  • Video files are not accepted, only share URLs to videos hosted on a YouTube or Vimeo channel
  • Video does not need to be animated nor require any significant production value – a good-quality camera on a mobile phone is sufficient: it can be a ‘selfie-style’ video with one or several team member(s) addressing the guiding questions.

Fight For The Crown

Practice your pitch well ‘cause the stakes are high. Besides cash winnings, you definitely will draw the attention of big-ticket investors, multinational corporation heads, government chiefs and media in attendance.

US$99,000 cash prize breakdown:

  • US$55,000 for Supernova Champion
  • US$4,000 for category winners
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