The Most Rewarding Startup Battleground


The Supernova Challenge returns in partnership with North Star Dubai to give global startups a chance to grand-stand their ideas, grab the world’s attention and win a bulk of cash from the prize-pool of USD100,000. .

The most exciting startup pitch competition, Supernova Challenge has now partnered with Tim Draper – Silicon Valley’s legendary venture capitalist who ‘early invested’ in over 30 unicorns including Hotmail, Skype, Tesla, Baidu, SpaceX & Bitcoin.

Through this partnership, our Supernova Challenge will now have a new Draper-Aladdin Supernova prize, , where one of our 12 Supernova Challenge finalists will get up to USD 500,000 from Tim Draper and Draper Associates. Winner of the Draper-Aladdin prize also gets featured on the popular Tim Draper show in USA - ‘Meet The Drapers’. Also startups will win from USD 100,000 across 12 categories of the Supernova Challenge.
Draper - Aladdin Supernova Prize
Upto USD500,000 investment from Tim Draper
Winner will have the change to be featured on ‘Meet the Drapers’ show

North Start Dubai - Supernove Rewards
Total USD100,000 (USD55,000 for Supernova Champion and USD4000 per category)

The categories:
Best Emirati Startup – USD 4,000
Best GCC Startup – USD 4,000
Best International Startup – USD 4,000
Best Social & Environmental Impact – USD 4,000
NEW! Best Youth/University Startup – USD 4,000
NEW! Best SportsTech – USD 4,000
Best AI Startup – USD 4,000
Best Fintech Startup – USD 4,000
Best Martech (Marketing Technology) – USD 4,000
NEW! Best Blockchain Startup – USD 4,000
NEW! Best Creativity Economy – USD 4,000
Overall Champion – USD55,000


Evaluation Criteria


Our judges will evaluate your pitch on the following criteria from a scale of 1 to 5:

  • Level of Innovation: Originality of the idea
  • Potential: Longevity, actualisation and profitability
  • Team: Core members and how they aim to make your startup successful
  • Functionality: Ease of usability
  • Goodness: Impact of your product on social, cultural and/or environmental issues

Video Entry


All applicants must submit a URL to their video application. Below are the guidelines:

  • Video must be a maximum of 3 minutes
  • Video must be uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo
  • Video files are not accepted, only share URLs to videos hosted on a YouTube or Vimeo channel
  • Video does not need to be animated nor require any significant production value – a good-quality camera on a mobile phone is sufficient: it can be a ‘selfie-style’ video with one or several team member(s) addressing the guiding questions.

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