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Square meters Exhibition Space

High Level Officials

What is AIM Startup?

AIM Startup was launched in 2017 as an initiative of the UAE Ministry of Economy to connect promising startups with investors and business partners from other parts of the world— set in the heart of the UAE’s Annual Investment Meeting, the World’s Leading FDI Platform for Emerging Markets and held under the Patronage of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai. AIM Startup is an ideal platform for startup companies looking to raise capital, expand into new markets and forge meaningful business relationships with major investors, business leaders, representatives of international institutions and government entities. April 9-11, AIM Startup will host the second edition of its annual Innovation Showcase and Pitch Competition in Dubai, UAE, in conjunction with the Annual Investment Meeting, Future Cities Show and DIGAE.

This year, 200 promising startups will convene under one roof to meet with investors, corporates, government representatives and industry experts and will be given the opportunity to demo their groundbreaking solutions to a global audience of 19,000+.  

Minister's Welcome

Innovation is a key driver for economic growth and prosperity. A large share of sustainable economic growth can be attributed to innovation and the willingness of governments across the world to implement and execute policies and initiatives, which foster and nourish innovation and entrepreneurship.

The United Arab Emirates is a country that was founded on innovation, forward thinking and a government’s great vision and willingness to implement initiatives that has today positioned the UAE among one of the most competitive economies worldwide.

In celebration of innovation, which is deeply embedded in our heritage, the UAE formally extends a warm welcome to the innovators and pioneers of the world who aspire to create solutions to the challenges we face globally.

2018 Theme : Technology For Sustainable Development And Inclusive Growth

With our world population nearing 9 billion by 2025, sustainability should be at the heart of every conversation today. With world hunger, poverty, water scarcity, wasteful consumption, climate degradation and inequality threatening the very fabric of our social, environmental and economic well-being, now is the time to get actively involved if we wish to create the future that we desire.

Next April 2018, Dubai will host the creators, innovators and masterminds of our time – those bold enough to step outside of their comfort zone and work towards building a brighter future abundant with opportunities and resources - and those creating the solutions to the challenges we face globally, while respecting and safeguarding the environment for our generations to come. Thus, allowing them to live in a world based on values of trust, transparency and equality.

2017-2018 Activities

2018 Features

200 Startups will showcase their groundbreaking products/ services to a global audience comprising of investors, corporates, industry experts, thought leaders and government officials for 3 full days.

Eligible Startups will be shortlisted to pitch their businesses to a panel of expert judges and to a room filled with investors, with a goal to attract capital investment and cash prizes, over a period of two days.

Participants will be given access to attend world-class workshops and professional coaching sessions conducted by industry leaders from across the world.

AIM startup will arrange meetings for all participating startups with interested and relevant parties, such as investors, potential business partners, corporates and government representatives.

Global minds will join for AIM Startup’s full day conference. Thought leaders and industry titans will share their expertise and insights on current trends and future technologies in an interactive setting.

Selected startups will be awarded with various prizes, including a total cash prize of 50,000 USD, to be distributed to finalists in recognition of their achievements and innovations.


2018 Speakers

2018 Startups



Gain insight and knowledge as founders, investors and industry leaders share their stories through interactive discussions, fireside chats and keynotes.


Grow your network by participating at AIM Startup and gain access to the world’s most influential people.


Participants of AIM Startup Pitch Competition and the Innovation Showcase Exhibition will be eligible to receive cash prize of 50,000 USD and other rewards in recognition of the most innovative companies.


Meet with Officials, Investors and Experts from your respective industries, who can take your business to the next level. AIM Startup will feature networking sessions where investors and entrepreneurs can meet one-on-one.


The winners of AIM Startup Pitch Competition and Innovation Showcase Exhibition will be honored with awards in recognition of their impressive achievements at the AIM Startup Awards Ceremony.

2017-2018 KEY SPONSORS

2017-2018 KEY PARTNERS

Community Partners

Community partner KSA
Community partner KSA
Community partner Bahrain
Community partner Jordan
Community partner Kuwait
Community partner KSA

Media Partners 2018

Exclusive Magazine Partner 2018

Event in conjunction with

In line with

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

This year AIM Startup is looking for startups that are providing solutions to the United Nations Sustainable Developement Goals and promoting Sustainable Development and Inclusive Growth through emerging technologies.



For more information on AIM Startup please contact:

T: +971 4 392 3232
F: +971 4 392 3332