The most anticipated startup hub of the year is excited to launch the live challenges taking place at Vista 2021.

Join the VISTA 2021 Pitch Competitions!

Vista is calling the world’s top startups, developers, and entrepreneurs to join us and pitch your product or solution across 2 days of live competitions in a bid to work with the industry’s thought leaders and compete for money can’t buy prizes.

In partnership with government and industry stakeholders including Etihad, MBRSC and Boeing all exhibitors participating at Vista will be offered a chance to pitch their solutions that support our host partner’s initiatives. If you are an aerospace startup, do not miss this unique opportunity to showcase your company to a live audience that can take your startup to the next level.

Challenge 1 – Sustainability

In conjunction with Etihad: How can we reduce Etihad's Scope 3 emissions? 
Seeking solutions that can drive towards reduction of indirect emissions that occur throughout the entire supply chain of ground and air operations (including cargo).

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Challenge 2 - Space

In conjunction with Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC): Palm trees are considered a symbolic agricultural heritage in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The aim of this challenge is to develop an end-to-end deep learning or machine learning model to automatically detect all the palm trees from RGB aerial imagery, with efficient computational time.

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Challenge 3 - The Vista Innovation Cup 

In collaboration with EDGE, Vista is calling the world’s top startups, to join us and pitch their product or solution in a bid to win the title of most Innovative Startup at Vista 2021. Think you have what it takes? Apply today to be in with a chance of pitching live onsite during Dubai Airshow and walking away with the grand prize to support your startup dream!

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Competition Prizes

Challenge 1

The winner of the Etihad Sustainability Challenge will have the exclusive opportunity to pilot their solution with Etihad. In addition to:

  • Three return business class tickets to any destination served by the Etihad Greenliner.
  • Promotion across Dubai Airshow social media and PR channels.

Challenge 2

6 finalists will receive Amazon Web Services Credits to the values shown whilst also having the exclusive opportunity to be mentored by representatives from MBRSC and Amazon Web Services. Both MBRSC and AWS will dedicate time in the run-up to the live event to support the 6 finalists to ensure each startup has the best resources available to build the ultimate solution.

  • 1st Position: $25,000
  • 2nd & 3rd Position: $5,000
  • 4th, 5th & 6th Position: $ 2,500

Challenge 3

The winner of The Vista Innovation Cup will have the exclusive opportunity to pitch live onsite during Dubai Airshow and walk away with:

  • A grand prize of $10,000 cash
  • Title of 'Most Innovative Startup of 2021'

The competitions have now closed for entries, we hope you will join us to see the finalists pitch live onsite during Vista 2021!




The Format

  • Judges will review entries and decide the 6 finalists in each category who will pitch live onsite at Vista 2021
  • The 6 finalists in each category will pitch on day 2 (15th of November) with feedback from the category Judges. The top 3 startups from each category will be announced to go through to the live final on Thursday the 18th of November
  • Startups receive mentorship, workshops and training onsite throughout the week
  • The top 3 startups from each category pitch live at the final on day 5 (18th of November) where official prize giving ceremony will take place with partners

Evaluation Criteria

  • The problem and solution - does the product or solution solve the problem? What value does it add?
  • Market Validation – is there a need for your product or service?
  • Business Model - realisation, longevity and profitability
  • Creativity - level of innovation and originality of your product or solution
  • Team - your team credentials and how they will make your company a success
  • Impact - what is the impact of your product on social, cultural or environmental issues