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DEWA Future Utility Cup


Join the 1776 and DEWA Future Utility Cup

If you’re a startup transforming the power industry, now is your chance to compete in the 1776 and Dubai Electricity and Water Authority Future Utility Cup!

Take your company to Dubai to meet world-leading energy investors, network with VIPs, connect with customers and compete for a contract with one of the UAE’s largest utility providers.

DEWA Future Utility Cup FAQ

What is the DEWA Future Utility Cup?

1776 and DEWA are partnering to run a global startup competition — DEWA Future Utility Cup. Following a competitive application process, the 1776 team selected 18 global startups to compete in Dubai during UAE Innovation Week 2016!

The DEWA Future Utility Cup will include a full-day pitch competition and an exhibition area for startups to showcase their innovations to potential customers and more. The startups competing are working in one of the following areas:

Satisfaction and Loyalty
This category is for ideas and proposals for customers and utility company stakeholders. How would your startup increase the satisfaction and loyalty levels of customers, investors, partners or employees?

This category includes all technological innovations — from energy generation to smart homes to big data management — and how they solve issues and/or create new opportunities in the utility sector.

This category looks at how your startup could improve sustainability including innovations in energy storage, greenhouse gas emission, maximizing efficiency and beyond.

This category includes all innovations that make operations more efficient, such as cost savings, supply chain, asset management and resource optimization.

Money and Analytics
This category covers billing, customer and supplier metrics, energy usage analysis and production.

DEWA Future Utility Cup FAQ

DEWA Future Utility Cup Competitors

Meet the competing startups who will take the stage on November 23 at Burj Park in Downtown Dubai during UAE Innovation Week, and you can watch them pitch! Five winners will each receive a prize of $20,000 and a potential contract with DEWA, one of the UAE’s largest utility providers.

Click on the links below to the startups’ websites to learn more:




Faclon Labs




NOW Money




SeaChange Technologies

Senseware, Inc.

Step Robotics





About DEWA

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) was formed on 1 January, 1992, by a decree issued by the late Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum to merge Dubai Electricity Company and Dubai Water Department, which had been operating independently before then. Both organisations were established by the late Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum in 1959. Dubai Government fully supported the Electricity Company and the Water Department to provide Dubai’s citizens and residents with a continuous and reliable supply of electricity and water. Since then, DEWA has made considerable achievements, to be ranked as one of the best utilities in the world. DEWA provides services today to more than 760,000 customers with a satisfaction rate that reached more than 94% in 2015. More about DEWA.