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NOV 20 - 21, 2018
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2500+ attendees 100+ speakers 50+ talks 70+ startups

What is #SharjahEF?

In its second edition, the 2018 Sharjah Entrepreneurship Festival will bring together enterprising individuals and institutions in an environment that will have attendees inspired, informed, and immersed in all that the entrepreneurial ecosystem has to offer. Be it with startups who promise to shake up the status quo, or through speakers who get you to think differently, #SharjahEF is all set to be a celebration of (great) ideas.

The Agenda

Looking for inspiration or insights? The two days of #SharjahEF have it all, from inspirational talks, workshops and more. It all starts here.

The Seffy Awards

The annual SEFFY Awards recognize the best and the brightest in the MENA entrepreneurial ecosystem. Get involved by either submitting a nomination, or voting for your favorite.

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The Startup Town

Want to get your startup noticed by those who (really) matter? Showcase yourself in #SharjahEF's Startup Town to access investors, media and more.

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Contact

Press & Media media@sharjahef.com
Get in touch info@sharjahef.com
Najla Al Ansari SEF Manager
Nada Al Turifi Partnerships
Reema Al Muhairy Events Experience

FAQs

What is the 2018 Sharjah Entrepreneurship Festival?

Sharjah Entrepreneurship Festival (SharjahEF) is one of the largest entrepreneurship festivals in the UAE. Organized by Sharjah Entrepreneurship Center (Sheraa), it is held under the patronage of H.E. Sheikha Bodour Bint Sultan Al Qassimi, Chairperson of Sheraa and Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq).

In its second edition, the 2018 Sharjah Entrepreneurship Festival will bring together enterprising individuals and institutions in an environment that will have attendees inspired, informed, and immersed in all that the entrepreneurial ecosystem has to offer. Be it with startups who promise to shake up the status quo, or through speakers who get you to think differently, #SharjahEF is all set to be a celebration of life-changing ideas.

When is the event happening?

November 20-21, 2018.

Where will it be held?

The Sharjah Golf and Shooting Club. Click here for the location on Google Maps.

What is SharjahEF’s theme for 2018?

This year’s main theme, “Dare To Be Different,” builds upon the festival’s mission to promote and support the growing ecosystem of entrepreneurs in Sharjah and the UAE.
Participants will be able to choose from the event’s three main tracks: Dare To Dream, Dare To Innovate, and Dare To Go Global.

What can I expect to see at SharjahEF this year?

With an aim to provide a curated view of both Sharjah’s and the wider region’s key entrepreneurship-related developments over the past year, the event’s motivational keynotes, knowledge-sharing panels, and interactive discussions and workshops will feature both regional and international leaders, experts, and decision makers from government, academia, technology, business, and other key sectors. SharjahEF will play host to a fantastic lineup of speakers from around the world to share their insights on all aspects of the entrepreneurship world. Be it that dose of motivation to get you to follow your entrepreneurial dreams, or more in-depth actionable insights to take your enterprise to the next level, there will be plenty of entrepreneurs, experts, academics, and ecosystem stakeholders at SharjahEF to learn from.

What’s going to be there at SharjahEF for startup founders?

SharjahEF will play host to Startup Town, which will be accepting entries from the region’s most impactful startups to showcase themselves at the festival, and also compete in SharjahEF’s Pitch Competition for a chance to win prizes totaling AED100,000.

There’s also the 2018 edition of The Seffy Awards – initiated last year by H.E. Sheikha Bodour Al Qassimi as a "tribute to rule-breaking, status quo-questioning entrepreneurs that are based in the UAE.” These will again be handed out at SharjahEF this year to 12 of the most promising locally-based entrepreneurs in three different categories.

There will be also a series of workshops happening throughout the course of the two-day event--these will be in-depth sessions that will touch upon a variety of topics.

What can investors, incubators, and accelerators from the ecosystem find at SharjahEF?

Besides gaining a first-hand view to the selected 70 startups that will be showcased at Startup Town, SharjahEF will be a space where ecosystem stakeholders can network and collaborate with like-minded members of the entrepreneurial community of the region, while scouting for investment opportunities, or providing advice and mentorship as well.

What can our younger community expect to find at SharjahEF?

SharjahEF shall provide youth at the event with an immersive experience into the world of entrepreneurship, where they’ll get to not only see and interact with innovators from the startup ecosystem, but also be treated to talks and workshops specifically catered toward them, where they can learn and understand the various facets of setting up and running a viable business.

What does SharjahEF have planned for people in media?

For journalists looking to tap into the most exciting stories coming out of the Middle East’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, they won’t have to look far when they are within the SharjahEF space. Besides the opportunity to interview everyone from leading innovators in this space to upstarts set to conquer the business arena, SharjahEF will also be hosting workshops for media professionals to build up their skillsets.

Where can I find more information about SharjahEF, and how do I get tickets?

Head to our official website: http://sharjahef.com/

Can I find SharjahEF on social media?

You can interact with us on the following channels:

• Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sharjahef/
• Twitter: https://twitter.com/sharjahef
• Facebook: www.facebook.com/sharjahef/

What hashtags should we keep an eye out for all things Sharjah Entrepreneurship Festival?

Look out for #SharjahEF #SEF #SEF18

I still have more questions. Where do I go to get them answered?

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The official opening ceremony of the second edition of the Sharjah Entrepreneurship Festival.20th November, 2018 | 9AM | Sharjah Golf and Shooting Club
Sheraa's Seed Showcase Day, graduating the first cohort of our Seed Program.21st November, 2018 | 9:15 AM | Sharjah Golf and Shooting Club

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