The most anticipated startup hub in the region is excited to launch the live challenges at VISTA 2023.

Join the 2023 Startup Challenges

VISTA is calling on the world's top startups, developers, and entrepreneurs to join and pitch their latest innovations and breakthrough solutions live to some of the most influential members of the aerospace ecosystem. Startups get a chance to win not only cash, but also gain global recognition, unparalleled partnership opportunities, access to potential funding, mentorship and more.

Are you looking to scale your startup into a thriving business? Do not miss this unique opportunity.


Challenge 1 – Drone Delivery FlyForward

UAE is a major logistics hub, with increasing delivery & logistics requirements expected to generate billions by 2025, however the industry face major challenges. In conjunction with LODD - The objective of this challenge is to identify delivery innovators, startups, and educational institutions, to showcase their cutting-edge solutions that will revolutionize the drone delivery game, making it faster, cheaper, and more efficient.

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Challenge 2 - Passenger Experience

Unlock the future of travel with Dubai airports: Whether it's streamlining the check-in process, enhancing security measures, providing personalized customer services, or harnessing the power of emerging technologies. The objective of this challenge is to identify innovative solutions that contribute to transforming the passenger journey and experience for the future. 

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Challenge 3: Sustainability for and from Space

Space is an increasingly critical infrastructure, and global efforts are needed to focus on sustainability for and from space. This challenge in partnership with UAE Space Agency and in collaboration with Amazon Web Services, Bayanat, and Planet focuses on combining elements of climate, sustainability, mobility, space situational awareness, and earth observation.

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Get ready for a line-up of exciting new challenges in this edition. The winners of each of these challenges automatically qualify to pitch their innovative solution live at the Vista Innovation Cup on Thursday, November 16th.

This year, exhibiting startups will have the opportunity to participate in a draw and be selected as one of three wild card participants who will compete for the main prize alongside these winners. 

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Challenge Prizes

Challenge 1

The winner will get support in their Go-to-Market through a potential partnership or investment and will gain global recognition through the exposure at the Dubai Airshow and with the partner communication /announcement. Prize money for the top 3 pitches include:

  • Winner: $5,000
  • 2nd place: $3,000
  • 3rd place: $2,000

Challenge 2

The winner of the passenger experience challenge will get support from Dubai Airports to enable a Proof of Concept of their solution on their premises.  This will include helping to secure the necessary access to the physical airport, guidance and feedback through the PoC implementation phase and an opportunity to refine the Business Model and Business Case to pitch to Dubai Airports’ internal Investment Committee.


Challenge 3

The winner of the space challenge will benefit from:

  • AWS business and technical mentorship from space and startup industry experts with AWS Promotional Credits
  • UAE Space Agency & Bayanat: Access to the market through Geospatial Analytics Platform/Space Data Centre and the promotion of the innovative solution during COP28
  • Planet data, training materials and initial enablement on use of satellite imagery at scale and for applied use cases


This year, one startup will receive a cash prize of $10,000 and will be named “Most Innovative Startup of Vista 2023”

Entries are now closed. Thank you to everyone who applied. We hope you will join us watch the finalists' pitch live at VISTA 2023!