Annual Investment Committee (AIM) Dubai national startup competition

In a global partnership, Antler is taking part in the Annual Investment Committee (AIM) Dubai summit in March. 6 Antler locations will hold a local startup pitch competition calling on all our portfolio companies in specific sectors.



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The Annual Investment Meeting (AIM) is a platform for Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and an initiative of the UAE Ministry of Economy, held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai.

The tenth edition of the AIM will be held on March 24-26, 2020; with the theme 'Investing for the Future: Shaping the Global Investment Strategies.' It will be focused on five pillars: Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), Foreign Portfolio Investment (FPI), Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), Start-Ups and One Belt One Road (OBOR). Start-Ups is one of the pillars of AIM 2020 and is in recognition of the role startups play in fueling innovation, driving economic growth and providing employment in their base of operations. Thus, for AIM 2020, there will be national startup pitch competitions in 80 countries

As global partners, 6 Antler locations will hold a local pitch competition. We request all our portfolio companies in the sectors mentioned below to apply.

  • Agtech
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • E-commerce
  • EdTech
  • Energy
  • Fintech
  • HealthTech
  • IoT
  • Logistics
  • RetailTech
  • Transportation
  • Virtual Reality and Gaming
  • Each team will have the chance to pitch and showcase their company in front of a local jury. The winning team will get a sponsored trip (worth US$ 5000) from AIM to fly to Dubai and pitch with representatives from a total of 80 countries during the summit to potential investors and partners. The sponsorship is inclusive of flight, accommodation, visa, exhibition booth and participation fee. They also have an opportunity to win US$10,000 each for the top 5 startups during the startup competition pitch in Dubai.

    How to register:

  • Startups should register on
  • Please use the local Antler location when inputting the location of the company
  • There will be a 48-hour validation for startups who have registered
  • Please register latest by the 4th of February.
  • Local startup competition details:

  • Singapore - February 12, 2-5 PM at the Antler office - 128 Prinsep Street, #01-01 Singapore 188655 (Please connect with Puja Bharwani for any clarifications)
  • Amsterdam - Please connect with Estee Chaikin
  • London - Please connect with Assieh Khamsi
  • Stockholm - Please connect with Livia Moore
  • Sydney - Please connect with Sarah Kimmorley
  • New York - Please connect with Zoe Hall
  • Please make sure to email the respective marketing directors above in each location once you have registered.

    Note: Please disregard the requirement that qualified startups must be 2-7 years old.

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