UAE seeks the next big tech startups from UK at GITEX FUTURE STARS, $5billion of investment already earmarked

If your tech startup is looking for sustainable funding & investors who understand the needs of today’s tech companies, you may want to attend this year’s GITEX FUTURE STARS event on 17-20 October 2021 at the Dubai World Trade Centre!

2021 will be the event’s 6th year & it is already among the top 5 largest startup shows in the world with over 700 startups from 75 countries taking part. This is an exciting opportunity to meet investors from around the globe in Dubai who are looking to invest in tech startups from the UK specifically. Longstanding trade arrangements & cooperation between the UK & the UAE means that UAE-based investment vehicles are particularly well placed to invest in up-and-coming UK business with an emphasis on the tech sector, with estimates of up to $5billion eagerly anticipated in coming years.

Simon Penney, HM Consul General Dubai & Northern Emirates & Trade Commissioner for the Middle East, Afghanistan & Pakistan stated: “The Department for International Trade (DIT) works with UAE investors to bring investment into all parts of the UK. GITEX & Ai Everything in October 2021 offers a great platform for the UK tech sector to place themselves front & centre in the UAE market & the DIT looks forward to helping UK tech businesses to make critical connections in this exciting market”.

Why has GITEX FUTURE STARS become such a global success? How about the fact that it is underpinned by GITEX Global, one of the world’s largest multi sector tech events, hosting over 100,000 attendees? How about 564 startup investment deals in 2020 in the UAE, $704 million in total funding & 212 international investors funded MENA startups? These factors combined with the fact that the UAE currently leads the Arab world as the number one ecosystem for startups will make the UAE the entrepreneur capital of the world. That means more opportunities & more reasons than ever for today’s tech startups to attend this year’s GITEX FUTURE STARS event from 17-20 October 2021 at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

The global pandemic has ushered in the next generation of tech breakthroughs & the GITEX FUTURE STARS event will be hosted alongside one of the biggest tech shows in the world, GITEX Technology Week. GITEX FUTURE STARS offers today’s tech startups exclusive access to the full Middle East ecosystem & key international players. If you attend, your team will have an opportunity to engage with some of the world’s most active investors including over 400 accelerators & angel networks.


Supernova Challenge – opportunity to participate in the 3rd largest startup pitch competition in the world with

$200,000 in cash prizes across 11 categories.

Intensive Networking – startups will have the opportunity to participate in 4 days of intensive curated networking with investors & buyers.

High level learning opportunities – accelerate your business with free access to all paid content across the GITEX Global spectrum including high level mentorship sessions

GBE Connect is currently working in collaboration with The Department of International Trade to take tech startups from the UK to GITEX Future Stars. 

Antonio Tombanane, Founder of GBE Connect & one of the North of England’s largest tech events, Tech Week Humber, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for UK tech startups to enter the UAE market. The UK already has strong ties with the UAE & this new partnership with the Dubai World Trade Centre proves it. We are delighted to be taking UK tech to UAE.”  

Nathan Waugh Portfolio Director at Dubai World Trade Centre added: “With a burgeoning startup scene & well-developed existing trade links, the UK tech sector can find some fantastic opportunities, not just here in the UAE but across the whole region. GITEX Future Stars provides the perfect platform for UK tech companies to engage with investors & buyers & we are delighted to be welcoming a UK Pavilion to GFS 2021 for the very first time.”

Want to attend?

GBE Connect is a leading tech event organiser & tech consultancy agency with a global reach & expertise in international trade. GBE Connect have experience in connecting tech startups with investors to find the financing they need, allowing them to focus on research & development, product testing, marketing, distribution & more. GBE Connect recently worked with a FinTech startup & helped them to secure in excess of £3m of investment pre-seed.

Any UK-based tech startups interested in attending GITEX FUTURE STARS should email Elly at GBE Connect at or call +44 7940 251136.

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