VISTA x Dubai Airshow: The Sustainability Challenge with Etihad Airways

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VISTA, the startup event hosted alongside the Dubai Airshow, is calling on MENA and the world’s top startups to join them in The Sustainability Challenge. Teams are set to pitch solutions live at the event in a bid to work with one of the world-leading airlines, Etihad Airways. 

Returning for its 17th edition, Dubai Airshow will be held from 14-18 November 2021 at Dubai World Central (DWC), Dubai Airshow Site. This major event is one of the largest and most anticipated air shows in the world, connecting aerospace professionals across all areas of the industry to drive successful global trade and cross-border innovation. 

This event fuels deal-flow opportunities for Aerospace startups as they experience a 50% dip in number of transactions closed in 2021 YTD. VISTA is giving the opportunity for startups like The Concept, who has built an interesting portfolio of raising early-stage funding rounds the latest being a $20K SEED round by Gothams Accelerator, to create and execute sustainable innovations that could be pioneered by Etihad and adopted throughout the region and perhaps the world. 


The sustainability challenge, held in conjunction with Etihad Airways, invites startups that can provide solutions to tackle the challenge of indirect emissions, which occur throughout the entire supply chain of Etihad Airway’s ground and air operations, including cargo. The winning team will be given an exclusive opportunity to pilot their idea live on Etihad’s Ecoflights along with 3 return business class tickets to any destination served by the Etihad Greenliner.

The startup will pitch for a live audience of key Aerospace and Aviation ecosystem players and avid enthusiasts, yet most importantly for a panel of esteemed veteran judges. The judging panel for the competitions represents global industry experts include Mariam AlQubaisi, Head of Sustainability and Business Excellence at Etihad Aviation Group, and Terence Daly, Executive Director Guest Experience, Brand, and Marketing at Etihad Airways.

Click here to know more and enter the VISTA 2021 pitch competition.

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