This year, Supernova has 13 categories as part of the semi-finals.
The winner is building the boldest product or service in financial technology whether it is bringing access to financial services for all, leading in green fintech revolution, protecting consumers’ financial data and
privacy, or broadening transparency in the supply chain.
The winner is building applications of new technology in marketing and communications including advertising, data, artificial intelligence, machine learning, media, and social media.
Sustainability & ESG Innovator
The winner is utilizing technology to solve social challenges including energy and environmental fields. Solutions include but are not limited to renewable energy, digital inclusion, waste management, food security,
battery technologies, clear or green tech, decarbonization, healthcare, circular economy, social or corporate government.
The winner showcases how the product or service is moving AI technology forward in terms of new algorithms, data analysis, forecasting, and decision-making with less risk.
Blockchain Frontier Leader
Recognizing the startup that harnessing the transformative power of blockchain technology to impact their industry. Startups in this category also include crypto projects, DeFi, Metaverse, Gaming and Web 3.0 applications.
Creative Economy Innovator
The winner boosts the culture and creative industries with a product or service in the arts, design fashion, music, photography, film, video, etc.
X-Verse Builder (Meta, Web 3.0) (new)
The winner is creating revolutionary opportunities in the metaverse. Ranging from open payments and exchange system; a new DAOs; having cultural impact and /or improving experiences of virtual worlds with public interest;
draws on NFTs and related technologies to empower creators; solving challenges in digital identity, IoT networks, or infrastructure challenges of the growing Web3 ecosystem.
Mobility & Smart Cities Innovator (new)
The winner is shaping the future of urban mobility or sustainable urban living by building a product or service advancing our lives by solving challenges in transportation, road safety, IoT, autonomous driving, e-mobility,
sustainable city management, sharing economy, or digital services.
Top Africa Fast Award (new)
The winner is building a product or service based in Africa or with the majority of their operations in Africa serving the African continent but with high potential for global expansion.
Top MENA Startup Award (new)
The winner is building a product or service based in MENA service the Arab region with high potential for global expansion.
Overall Industry Pioneer Award (new)
The winner has submitted an industry application or case study that made use of the latest tech whether AI, Blockchain, Healthtech, Agritech, Edtech, Fintech, Energy, and other industries; which has a strong commercial
and sustainability impact.
Fast Female Founder Award in Partnership with Sharjah Business Women’s Council
The winner is a women-led startup building a product or service with high potential for global expansion. The startup has a female founder with a minimum of 50% ownership in the business and is an active Senior Executive.
Youth Entrepreneur Award
The winner is an entrepreneur within the age range of 15-35 building a product or service solving for one of the world’s most pressing challenges and digital transformation.