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Sustainova Challenge 2024

We aim to provide a platform for Sustainability focus startups in the Middle East to showcase their technology and solutions and enable enterprises to contribute to sustainable development.

The platform will empower sustainable innovation by recognizing groundbreaking startups, facilitating deals and enterprise connections, building awareness, and supporting the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)Through these efforts, Sustainova Challenge fosters a collaborative ecosystem that drives positive change and a more sustainable future.

Why Apply

Visibility

Propel your startup towards success: Showcase your vision to sustainability activists, experts, enterprise stakeholders, and the VC community!

Networking & Collaboration

Unlock endless possibilities by meeting with industry experts, investors, and visionary entrepreneurs, creating powerful partnerships and a world of shared expertise.

Awards

Unleash your potential and win cash rewards

Eligibility

Minimal Requirements, Maximum Possibilities! Explore the Criteria Below and Embrace Your Eligibility!

How It Works

Eligible startups from the region pitch their ideas in front of industry veterans to compete for awards and recognition.

Bahrain

Qatar

Kuwait

UAE

KSA

Oman

6

countries

500+

applications

15

finalists

3

winners

100+

speakers

Partners

Experts Lineup

Leaders and experts supporting this initiative

Ankur Srivastava
Founder
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Dr Ben Ramdani
Associate Professor
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Maged El Dalees
Innovation Director
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Marcel Dridje
President Emeritus
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Milena Kraeva
Innovation Consultant
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Tanzeed Alam
Managing Director
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FAQ

To enter the competition, you must fill out the online application form  for your startup before the application deadline of 31st December 2023

Any technology startup in sustainability sector operating in the respective country of the contest can apply. Applicants must have innovative, proven technologies, robust business models, the ability to demonstrate traction in their activities, and the potential to scale up. All entrants entering the competition on behalf of the startup must be registered residents in the respective country and aged 18 years and above.

Applications are open from 1st December 2023

During the application period, there is no limit to the number of startups that can apply, however, we request that no more than one application per startup is submitted.

We aim to be as inclusive as possible; in the sustainability sector, whether you’re a pure technology company or tech-enabled, tech-led, or tech-driven, we want to hear about your growth ambitions.

No specific stage as long as it is a tech- and sustainability-related startup

If you win the country challenge, you proceed to the finals, where you will compete against winners from other countries

Eligibility Criteria

Any startup is eligible to participate in the competition if it meets the following criteria:

  • Startup is registered in one of the eligible countries.
  • The startup’s product or service developed or under development by the startup has the potential to address categories that are based on the Seventeen (17) United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (“SDGs”).
  • The startup is based in one of these respective countries (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates)
  • At least one startup founder is a legal resident of an eligible country, and at least 18 years of age at the time of entry into the competition.
  • The startup has developed or is in the process of developing a product or service based on a new or innovative technology tackling a sustainability challenge.