Dubai Airshow 2021 unveils Vista platform for startups

Tarsus F&E LLC Middle East, organiser of the Dubai Airshow 2021, has launched Vista – a new co-located event – for global and regional aerospace and defence startups.

Dubai Airshow takes place from November 14-18, 2021.

Over a five-day period Vista will feature startups from 12 sectors, including AI, future mobility, software, space, aerospace, material science, cyber security, defence, tourism, robotics, drones, and sustainability.

The startup hub will provide entrepreneurs with the opportunity to connect with investors, partners, and mentors to launch, scale and grow their startups, and bolster the growth of the aerospace and defence industries in the Middle East region.

Entrepreneurs from established global startups will also be present, to inspire and guide aspiring startups.

An exhibitor’s stand at Dubai Airshow 2019. Vista is a new addition to the 2021 show. Credit: Arnold Pinto

Vista will feature several sub-events in partnership with Gothams, a leading accelerator that is building the next generation of aerospace and defence startups.

Entrepreneurs participating in Vista can enter pitch competitions to present their technologies to industry leaders and investors with the chance of also winning prizes.

Key benefits

Startup owners participating in Vista will also be eligible to enter mentorship programmes, workshops, high-level networking, learn about market trends and receive guidance from experts, key decision makers and global investors.

Several startups that launched in the last few years have brought revolutionary innovations to the aerospace industry.

One example is Heart Aerospace, which will deliver the first ES-19 electric airliner certified for commercial flight by 2026.

Heart Aerospace’s mission is to create the fastest, least expensive, and most sustainable mode of regional travel.

Another example is Exodus Space, a startup that aims to transform access to space through creating reusable AI-operated spaceplanes that can take off and land horizontally.

A Vista participant, Mohamed Shawky, Founder and CEO of GeoDrones Aerial Services startup in Dubai, said: “Our startup aims to provide superior quality drone commercial services as we see a great potential in drone technologies.

“We have a wide range of innovative ideas that are key for achieving a major transformation in the aerospace industry and we look forward to presenting these innovations to key experts in the field,” Shawky added.