APPLY for NITDA’s sponsorship to attend GITEX Future Stars, Dubai

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Startups and hubs seeking to participate in GITEX Future Stars (GFS) holding as part of the 41st edition of the Gulf Information Technology Exhibition (GITEX) 2021 have an opportunity to be sponsored.

Apply for the Pitch Deck for the GFS organized by the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA). The agency is accepting sponsorship applications from young startups and hubs across the country to participate at the GFS.


Interested applicants are invited to visit: apply. The application process closes by midnight of July 16, 2021. Thereafter, all entries will be evaluated, and successful startups will be selected and contacted.


The NITDA 2021 GITEX application portal is now open, and the agency is calling for applications from innovative technology-driven startups with solutions addressing any of these specified problems’ areas:

  • Fifth-generation wireless technology (5G);
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) & Augmented Analytics;
  • Transportation;
  • Digital Economies;
  • Cyber Security and Resilience;
  • Cloud and Edge computing; and
  • Blockchain technology.


All enquiries related to startup participation at GITEX should be directed to the National Center for Artificial Intelligent and Robotic (NCAIR).


Phone number: +23481 7877 8499 or +23481 7877 8501

Email: [email protected]

“The agency has opened a portal for application for sponsorship of Nigerian startups to the forthcoming 41st edition of the GITEX taking place at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) Dubai, United Arabs Emirates, from October 17-21, 2021 with the theme: Creating a Bolder Digital Future Together,” says Head, Corporate Affairs and External Relations Unit, NITDA, Mrs. Hadiza Umar, in a statement issued at the weekend in Abuja.

GITEX is biggest tech event in Asia, Middle-East and Africa

GITEX is the biggest tech event in Asia, Middle-East and Africa and it also boasts of over 4,500 exhibitors, 400+ active investors and 150,000 trade visitors from 140+ countries that participates at the 5-days global tech expo and conference. The GITEX Technology Week 2021 promises to be a major meeting point for technology professionals and enthusiasts. GITEX is a major thrust for Global Startup Movement attracting some of the world’s biggest technology mentors, angel investors and venture capitalists.

“Nigeria has featured a strong delegation and country pavilion presence through NITDA since 2013 to explore cross-nations deals and collaborations. In the last six years, NITDA has provided strong support for Nigerian startups by featuring over 50 startups at GITEX Future Stars Pavilion.

Also since 2013, the NITDA has sponsored Nigerian startups to join their peers from across the globe at the GFS.

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In 2019, Nigeria’s two startups, Chiniki Guard and 247Medic emerged as semi-finalists at the GITEX 2019 Supernova challenge. Chiniki Guard evenualy became the winner of the USD 10,000 best prize in the Artificial Intelligence (AI) category at the GFS Supernova competition.

“This year, NITDA is set to do the same through its subsidiary, National Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (NCAIR). The Exhibition offers attendees and startups an opportunity to explore and gain new perspectives, explore innovative ideas, expand their networking opportunities through facilitated business meetings, blockbuster showcases and enlightening briefings. This year, asides the GITEX Future Stars, the event is super exciting with the introduction of programs such as Fintech Surge, Future Blockchain Summit, AI Everything, Marketing Mania, etc.”

Applications will be considered and scored by a panel of judges from within the Nigerian technology startup ecosystem based on the solutions that addresses any of the aforementioned that meet global standards.

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