Under the Patronage of

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai


Raise early stage venture capital or seed funding to start your business or to scale up your operation by showcasing top-end revenue and growth potential of your startup business.

Startup Conference will discuss how entrepreneurs can gain an edge in attracting the required funding and in enriching the way they operate their business.

Entrepreneurs benefit from speakers’ knowledge, skills and mentorship to get them closer to securing the required funding for their startup businesses.

Startups have the advantage to expand and grow their business with access to a network of genuine investors interested in disruptive technology at AIM Exhibition.

A shortlist of startups will be eligible to pitch their business projects to a panel of judges who are experts in the fields of entrepreneurship, technology, and business management. Winning startups will receive cash prizes, gain the opportunity to be mentored by industry experts, and maximise the potential to attract funding for their business.

High-level meetings between and among government officials, and with the private sector will be held in a secured environment.

Disruptive technology business ideas are guaranteed to have an audience of investors at the Investors’ Hub, where they can attract investments to fund their growth.

Startups will be honoured at AIM for their innovative business model and brilliant application of technology for their business. This provides a unique opportunity for startup awardees to be recognised further by AIM global investors

A momentous occasion where outstanding SMEs, startups, and future city solution provider will be honoured during AIM’s closing ceremony attended by luminaries from various industries and societies as well as local and international government officials.

Rapport-building activities- Fun Run, AIM World Cup, Dubai Opera, and Culture and Heritage Attractions, will be held prior to the event proper to create a spirit of camaraderie among participants and appreciation of other culture and tradition.


An established platform where countries, cities and municipalities attract higher inflow of FDI by featuring investment destinations at their locations.

A competitive opportunity for SMEs to advance their entrepreneurial agenda by attracting sustainable investments.

A reliable platform for smart city solution providers to attract viable investments on disruptive technology.

An efficient platform for countries, business enterprises, and organisations to improve their capital account position through portfolio investments.

A side event that aims to link GCC investors to opportunities within Belt and Road Initiative.