Fintech Abu Dhabi Innovation Challenge

Connecting startups with financial institutions to deliver innovative solutions

The FinTech Abu Dhabi Innovation Challenge connects leading technology providers with corporate champions to address gaps through the development of 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 held each November. Winners go on to work with corporate partners in a variety of manners, conducting PoCs and gaining commercial contracts.

The problem statements for the Fintech Abu Dhabi 2021 season will be published at the end of July. Review last year’s use cases for more information.

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
Fintech Abu Dhabi Innovation Challenge

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

This year the Innovation Challenge will utilise 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. The Digital Lab is open to all participants.

Register for Fintech Abu Dhabi 2021

Fintech Abu Dhabi brings together the global fintech community, join us for MENA's leading fintech festival. Register your details below to be kept up to date with the latest news, features and speakers.

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July 2021

Australia, 7 July 2021

Hong Kong, 14 July 2021

Africa, stop 1 21 July 2021

United Kingdom, 28 July 2021

August 2021

Central Europe, 4 August 2021

Africa, stop 2, 11 August 2021

South America, 18 August 2021

North America, 25 August 2021

September 2021

India, 1 September 2021

ASEAN, 8 September 2021

The Nordic Region, 22 September 2021

Singapore, 29 September 2021

October 2021

Eastern Europe, 6 October 2021

China, 13 October 2021

Israel, 20 October 2021

MENA / Turkey, 27 October 2021

November 2021

Pakistan, 3 November 2021

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