Vista

Co-located with Dubai Airshow, Vista will give startups access to a full programme of events to help them launch, grow and scale.

About VISTA

What is VISTA?

Hosted alongside one of the world’s biggest airshows, Dubai Airshow, VISTA is a unique opportunity for aerospace startups to meet with key decision makers and globally ranked investors to launch, grow and scale their startups. Get an opportunity to take part in our pitch competitions, gain access to investor meetings, mentorship clinics, thought provoking panel discussions and more. Join us in Dubai this November! 
 

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WHY IS IT AN ULTIMATE GATHERING GROUND FOR STARTUPS AND BREAKTHROUGH IDEAS?

5 days of mentorship clinics, workshops, competitions, networking and face time with investors to provide real opportunities to launch, scale and grow their businesses. 

STARTUP DISPLAY

The region’s only dedicated aerospace startup event showcasing startups from all over to come together to display and discuss the latest technologies and innovations.

PITCH COMPETITION

Showcasing startups get an opportunity to pitch to the aerospace ecosystem, tech leaders and investors – sponsored by corporate identities.

INVESTOR ROUNDTABLES

Guaranteed facetime with attending investors. Meet globally ranked investors, industry leaders, c levels and key decision makers to take your startup to the next level.
 

MENTORSHIP CLINICS

Have a great startup idea and not sure what is your next step? Attend our mentorship clinics and one on one sessions with some of the leading players in the startup ecosystem.

INSPIRING CONTENT

Learn through our keynotes and panel discussions by industry leaders to discover how you can boost growth and ignite your business.

UNLIMITED NETWORKING

Connect with a top-class panel of investors, corporate and government buyers & international media for high level networking.

MEET OUR INVESTORS

Having a great idea is only the first stage in being a successful startup. To make it big you need guidance, connections and investment. VISTA can help with all of the above!

Meet investors in a one-to-one setting by scheduling meetings on our app or take a seat on our hosted investor roundtable sessions. Our startup investor program guarantees you facetime with attending investors.


 

Mentorship Clinics

Attend our mentorship clinics and one on one mentorship opportunities with some of the leading companies in the aerospace industry.

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WHO WILL BE EXHIBITING?

This year VISTA will welcome startups from 12 key sectors including: Artificial Intelligence, Future Mobility, Software, Space, Aerospace, Material Science, Cyber Security, Defence, Tourism, Robotics, Drones, Sustainability.


 

Strategic Partner

PITCH COMPETITION

PITCH COMPETITION

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).

Confirmed Judges

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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.

Confirmed Judges:

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Challenge 3 - The Vista Innovation Cup 

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!

*Judges to be announced soon
 

Submit your Application

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


HOW TO ENTER?

All you need to do is complete the online entry form and submit your video pitch to be in with a chance of being 1 of 6 startups per category to pitch live onsite during Vista 2021. All pitches will take place in front of an audience of investors, key industry stakeholders and global accelerator program managers.

APPLICATION GUIDELINE

Video must be a maximum of 3 minutes

Deadline for applications is Thursday 7th of October

*Please note: all startups entering the competition must be an exhibitor at Vista 2021. 

The Format

  • Competition entries will open to all Vista participants on the 5th of September 2021
  • All competition categories close for entry on the 7th of October 2021
  • 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

Competition Partner - Sustainability

Competition Partners - Space

Strategic Partner

VISTA Investors & Speakers

Vista speaker sponsors and partners

Strategic Partner

In association with

  • Gothams

Mentorship Clinic Partners

Competition Partner - Sustainability

Competition Partners - Space

Vista

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VISTA - 15th November

10:15 - 10:20Opening remarks by Chairperson

10:20 - 11:00Keynote Panel: Startups invading the air transport industry

An increasing number of companies are setting up investment arms and accelerators to support innovation in the aerospace industry. This session will highlight increasing investments in aerospace startups, sectors they are focusing on and the new opportunities

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11:00 - 14:15Startup Pitch Day

Get ready to pitch your startup to the aerospace ecosystem, tech leaders and  investors. 24 startups across 4 categories will compete to be named the most innovative startup of 2021.

  • Challenge 1: In conjunction with Etihad - 'How can we reduce Etihad's Scope 3 emissions?'   
  • Challenge 2: In conjunction with AWS and MBRSC- “Palm Trees Detection Challenge, develop an end-to-end deep learning or machine learning model to automatically detect palm trees from RGB aerial imagery”
  • Challenge 3: The Vista Innovation Cup

 

14:15 - 16:30Investor Roundtables/matchmaking

Opportunity for startups to meet corporate VC’s and investors 

16:30End of Day

VISTA - 16th November

10:15 - 10:45Mentorship Clinic Hosted by Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM)

Abu Dhabi has recently invigorated their support for developing the start-up ecosystem in the Emirate with support initiatives across a wide range of government entities.  ADGM offers an enabling environment for start-ups to cost-effectively establish their business in a leading jurisdiction and join an active ecosystem of startups, investors and advisors.  This session will cover how start-ups can setup their business in ADGM; the options they have; the benefits of doing so, and the process involved. 

10:45 - 11:15Keynote: Startup Success Story

Inspiring story of a startup making it big in the industry 

11:15 - 14:00Starburst Selection Committee 

The world's leading global aerospace & defense startup accelerator and strategic advisory practice, Starburst, will showcase the industry's most promising international startups at Vista. Participating companies will compete for a spot in the Starburst Accelerator program.​

14:00 - 14:30Panel Discussion: Space based technology startups making lasting impacts

Hear about opportunities for new and existing space startups. What do investors who are active in this sector think about what’s changed and what’s coming?

14:30 - 16:30Investor Roundtables/matchmaking

Opportunity for startups to meet corporate VC’s and investors 

16:30End of Day

VISTA - 17th November

10:15 - 10:45Keynote Panel: Investments – Grow and scale your aviation startup

Even great ideas need investments – get tips from VC’s, corporate and angel investors on how to scale your start-up to the next level. Led by Intelak Hub, the region's leading aviation, travel and tourism hub, the panel will explore what investors look for in start-ups they invest in and what are the trends in investments. 

10:45 - 11:30Mentorship Clinic

Hosted by Boeing HorizonX

11:30 - 12:15Mentorship Clinic

Theme: Connecting Innovators with Commercial Opportunities to Advance Aviation and Aerospace

Speakers:

12:15 - 12:45Panel Discussion: Shaping the future of the aerospace industry

Highlighting the latest accelerators and innovation programs by stakeholders in the industry, their offerings and how they are supporting the startup eco-system.

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12:45 - 13:30Mentorship Clinic

13:30 - 14:15Mentorship Clinic

14:15 - 16:30Investor Roundtables/matchmaking

Opportunity for startups to meet corporate VC’s and investors 

16:30End of Day

VISTA - 18th November

10:15 - 11:00Mentorship Clinic 

11:00 - 14:30Startup Competition Finals

Finalists from each category will compete for the prize by delivering a top-class pitch to impress our judges

Challenge 1: In conjunction with Etihad - 'How can we reduce Etihad's Scope 3 emissions?'   
Challenge 2: In conjunction with MBRSC and AWS - “Palm Trees Detection Challenge, develop an end-to-end deep learning or machine learning model to automatically detect palm trees from RGB aerial imagery”
Challenge 3: The Vista Innovation Cup

 

14:30End of day

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