Finalists were selected by an impressive panel of judges, including the inventor of Google Maps, Lars Rasmussen; the first investor of Zoom, Bill Tai; and a founding executive of Netflix, Mitch Lowe.

Pitching to a potential investor is a daunting experience at the best of times. Some eager entrepreneurs in Dubai recently took it up a notch by delivering high-pressure elevator pitches at an altitude of 4,000 metres, in the hopes of taking home mentorship and a cash prize.

To enter the ‘Pitch Up In The Sky’ competition, an event where skydiving meets Dragon’s Den, companies had to have less than $500,000 in funding, be from the Middle East or Africa and be focused on healthcare, education, artificial intelligence, media & entertainment or transportation.

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