Beyond the Pitch

Providing The Next Steps

Beyond the Pitch is a new startup program open to all UAE Youth (18-25 years old) with an idea for a technology based venture that supports the UAE’s commitment to establishing an innovative and diversified economy.

Beyond the Pitch addresses a critical gap created by hackathons and pitch competitions, and elevates startups to a scalable business. Selected startups will evolve through customer development and creating a validated business model while being supported with personalized training, mentorship and skill building from specific mentors.

Made in the UAE

Under the broad theme “Made in the UAE”, teams will submit projects that align with UAE’s Vision 2021 and commitment to innovation


Cost and time effective solutions to improve UAE residents’ traveling experience


Create innovative, practical & eco-friendly solutions for UAE’s future sustainable growth

Diversity & Society

Create Inclusive social environment for the diverse UAE population


Promote the mission of UAE Office of the Minister of State for Happiness & Wellbeing


Enhance the development of a first-rate education system in the UAE


Promote healthy lifestyle & preventive care to improve overall health of UAE residents

Eligibility Requirements
  • Applicants must be a UAE resident of any nationality between the age of 18-25 (high school students are discouraged from applying)
  • Teams are preferred over individual applicants
  • Applicants must submit an existing project that they have worked on in the past year (examples include Hackathon submissions, pitch competition presentations, course projects, current startup ventures)
Application Closes on February 15, 2018

Hands-on Training


Startup Showcase

Program Outline

Final Teams Announced

February 28, 2018

Mentoring Sessions

March – April, 2018

Foundations of Entrepreneurship

March 2-3, 2018

Presentation Skills

April 2, 2018


March 10, 2018

Demo Day

April 16, 2018

Cash prize for winning Teams!

University Partners

Ecosystem Partners

UAE Youth Empowerment Partner