Fintech Abu Dhabi Innovation Challenge

Connecting Startups to Financial Institutions To Deliver Innovative Solutions

The FinTech Abu Dhabi Innovation Challenge connects leading technology providers to corporate champions to address gaps or develop new products and solutions for the Middle East, South Asian and African market.

Structured as a pitch competition, startups from across the world are invited to submit their solutions to problem statements posed by financial institutions and regulators. The applications will be carefully evaluated and whittled down to select finalists who will be invited to present their solutions during Fintech Abu Dhabi. Winners will go on to work with corporate partners in a variety of manners, conducting PoCs and gaining commercial contracts.

The Innovation Challenge is designed as a no-frills expedited process to gain real exposure to market demands and leverages the global footprint of Fintech Abu Dhabi to showcase startup talent to a wide ranging audience of investors, financial institutions and government entities.

Fintech Abu Dhabi Innovation Challenge

The Innovation Challenge 2021 is currently open for applications

This year the Innovation Challenge will leverage the functionalities of the ADGM Digital Lab, a community-led marketplace and virtual testing environment to accelerate the deployment of PoCs in a neutral environment supervised by ADGM FSRA.

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To apply for the FTAD 2021 Innovation Challenge, you are invited to sign up to the ADGM Digital Lab which is open to all participants.

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Benefits of participating in the Innovation Challenge:

  • Gain exposure and an opportunity to work with a leading financial / regulatory institution to develop a PoC
  • Explore potential market expansion opportunities with support from Abu Dhabi Global Market as a strategic partner
  • Benefit from recognition as an entrant into one of the global fintech sector’s most unique and recognised challenges
  • Explore opportunities to showcase and develop your winning product in ADGM’s Digital Lab

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