GITEX FUTURE STARS: NITDA Invites Entries from Startups, Hubs

TECH DIGEST– The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has opened its application for sponsorship of Nigerian startups to the upcoming 40th edition of the Gulf Information Technology Exhibition (GITEX) taking place at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) Dubai, United Arab Emirates from December 6th – 10th, 2020.

Over 150,000 trade visitors from over 140 countries are expected at the 5 days global tech expo and conferences, GITEX is the biggest tech event in Asia, Middle East and Africa.

The GITEX Technology Week 2020 is a major meeting point for technology industry professionals; governments, innovators, futurists and corporate buyers.

GITEX has now become a major thrust for the Global Startup Movement attracting some of the world’s biggest technology mentors, angel investors, and venture capitalists.

Nigeria has featured an increasingly strong delegation and Country Pavilion presence through NITDA since 2013 to explore cross-nations deals and collaborations.

In the last five years also, NITDA has provided strong support for Nigerian startups by featuring over 40 startups at GITEX Future Stars Pavilion through its subsidiary, the Office for ICT Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OIIE).

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.


We are calling for Innovative Technology (and Technology Driven) Startups with solutions addressing any of these problems’ areas to apply for a full sponsorship to represent Nigeria at GITEX:

  1. 5G
  2. Artificial Intelligence (AI) & Augmented Analytics
  3. Transportation
  4. Digital Economies
  5. Cyber Security and Resilience
  6. Cloud and edge computing
  7. Blockchain technology


Applications will be considered and scored by a panel of judges from within the Nigerian technology startup ecosystem based on a set eligibility criteria to identify solutions addressing any of the problems listed above that can compete globally


This year, interested applicants are invited to visit: to apply. The application process closes by midnight of November 16, 2020 after which all entries will be evaluated and successful startups will be selected and contacted.


All enquiries related to startup participation at GITEX should be directed to: The Office for ICT Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OIIE).

Phone: +234 909 788 8885

E-Mail: [email protected] or [email protected]