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21st
09:30 - 09:40
Inspiration Stage

21st
09:40 - 09:50
Inspiration Stage

21st
09:50 - 10:10
Inspiration Stage

What will you do to recharge the entrepreneurial spirit?
Fadi Ghandour
Badr Jafar
Mohamed Alabbar
21st
10:10 - 10:40
Inspiration Stage
Entrepreneurship

How will Fadi Ghandour, Mohamed Alabbar, Badr Jafar recharge the entrepreneurial ecosystem? Perspective from an investment standpoint.

21st
10:40 - 11:00
Inspiration Stage

Achievers: In pursuit of success
Aby Sam Thomas
Faisal Al Hammadi
Nour Al Hassan
Ala’ Alsallal
21st
11:20 - 11:50
Inspiration Stage
Entrepreneurship

Successful entrepreneurs who have dreamt big and made it BIG

The Art of Hustling
Chris Guillebeau
21st
11:50 - 12:20
Inspiration Stage
Entrepreneurship

Blockchain 2.0
Will Hutson
Gary Sheynkman
Chad Fox
21st
12:20 - 12:40
Inspiration stage
Entrepreneurship

21st
13:00 - 14:00
Workshop Room 1
Entrepreneurship

21st
13:00 - 13:15
SEF Talks Stage
Entrepreneurship

21st
13:15 - 13:30
SEF Talks Stage
Entrepreneurship

Up for grabs: rising opportunities in Sharjah's startup ecosystem
Hussain Al Mahmoudi
Khaled Al Huraimel
Dr. Khalid Al Midfa
Sheikh Fahim Al Qasimi
Walid Aradi
21st
13:30 - 13:55
Inspiration Stage
Entrepreneurship

Tackling sectors that have room for improvement in Sharjah. How do you want to see Sharjah growing and keeping its heritage? And where entrepreneurs can play a role ?

21st
13:30 - 13:45
SEF Talks Stage
Entrepreneurship

21st
13:45 - 14:15
SEF Talks Stage
Entrepreneurship

21st
14:00 - 15:00
Workshop Room 2
Funding

Growing Seeds in the Region
Christos Mastoras
Dana Horska
Samer Choucair
Vijay Tirathrai
Asher Siddiqui
21st
14:10 - 14:40
Inspiration Stage
Funding

The state of seed investment in the region, why is there a gap in seed funds: is it a lack of startup quality or lack in risk taking investors ? Why the focus in investments past seed?

21st
14:15 - 14:30
SEF Talks Stage
Entrepreneurship

21st
14:30 - 14:45
SEF Talks Stage
Entrepreneurship

21st
14:40 - 15:00
Inspiration Stage
Entrepreneurship

How's is it like to be an entrepreneur? What are the most common questions you get from old generation vs. new generation

21st
14:45 - 15:00
SEF Talks Stage
Entrepreneurship

New Age Media: harnessing creativity in the Arab World
Abdullatif Al Sayegh
Chaker Khazaal
Mashal Waqar
21st
15:00 - 15:30
Inspiration Stage
Entrepreneurship

How did the media industry change from 5 years till today in the Arab world? How's the new generation reacting to Arabic content considering the large influence of Western Media ?

21st
15:00 - 16:00
Workshop Room 1
Entrepreneurship

21st
15:00 - 16:00
Workshop Room 2
Entrepreneurship

21st
15:00 - 15:15
SEF Talks Stage
Entrepreneurship

21st
15:00 - 16:00
Workshop Room 2
Entrepreneurship

Venture Development Associate at Sheraa

21st
15:15 - 15:30
SEF Talks Stage
Entrepreneurship

Traffic lights in the sky: a realistic vision of 2030
Monty Munford
Colin Rhys
Noah Raford
21st
15:30 - 15:45
Inspiration Stage
Entrepreneurship

What to expect in 2030? Are today's expectations too exaggerated or will we really need traffic lights in the Sky? (for flying cars)

21st
15:45 - 16:00
SEF Talks Stage
Entrepreneurship

Food by design: how the hungry millennials are shaping the F&B trends
Dr. Shayma Fawwaz
Karl Naim
Jassim Al Bastaki
Jan Bijsterbosch
21st
15:50 - 16:20
Inspiration Stage
Entrepreneurship

Food by design and by thought

21st
16:00 - 17:00
Workshop Room 1
Entrepreneurship

21st
16:00 - 17:00
Workshop Room 2
Entrepreneurship

21st
16:15 - 17:00
SEF Talks Stage
Entrepreneurship

21st
16:20 - 16:50
Inspiration Stage
Creative Economy

Where does art and fashion stand in the entrepreneurial ecosystem? What makes an artists/designs stand out as an entrepreneur in the industry?

21st
17:00 - 17:15
Inspiration Stage

Team arguments
Daniel Ludwig
21st
17:00 - 18:00
Workshop Room 2
Entrepreneurship

21st
17:15 - 21:00

22nd
10:00 - 11:00
Workshop Room 1
Entrepreneurship

22nd
10:00 - 18:00
Meet your Mentor Corner
Entrepreneurship

22nd
10:05 - 10:45
Inspiration Stage
Entrepreneurship

You can’t just sell a product anymore

The public, the private, and the lost entrepreneurs in between
Adil Al Zarooni
Jassem albloushi
Saud Al Nowais
Marwan Al Serkal
22nd
10:50 - 11:30
Entrepreneurship

Tackling opportunities that entrepreneurs can benefit from in Sharjah.

22nd
10:50 - 11:30
Fireside Stage
Entrepreneurship

22nd
11:00 - 12:00
Workshop Room 1
Entrepreneurship

22nd
11:00 - 12:00
Meet your Mentor Corner
Entrepreneurship

How to set your business up for scale from day 1.

22nd
11:00 - 12:00
Meet your Mentor Corner
Entrepreneurship

22nd
11:00 - 12:00
Meet your Mentor Corner
Entrepreneurship

22nd
11:00 - 12:00
Meet your Mentor Corner
Entrepreneurship

What to expect from VC when pitching .

22nd
11:30 - 12:15
Fireside Stage
Entrepreneurship

The Success and Failures of an entrepreneurs

MENA's unicorn: The story of Careem
PK Gulati
Magnus Olsson
22nd
11:30 - 11:45
Inspiration Stage
Entrepreneurship

UAE Innovation Strategy
Aby Sam Thomas
Fatima Alnaqbi
22nd
11:50 - 12:00
Inspiration Stage
Funding

How the AED 2 Billion Mohammed Bin Rashid Innovation Fund is attracting global innovators to the UAE.

YEAR 2025: Humans VS AI in the job market
Paul Epping
Iba Masood
Yousuf Luiz Caires
Farida El Agamy
22nd
12:00 - 12:30
Inspiration Stage
Entrepreneurship

What to train our children on? What are the future jobs of the new generation? Is AI really going to impact workplaces of the future?

22nd
12:00 - 13:00
Meet your Mentor Corner
Entrepreneurship

Shifting Sands: The Perspectives of Regional Entrepreneurs
Mai Medhat
Joy Ajlouny
Khalid Alkhudair
Sonia Weymuller
22nd
13:00 - 13:25
Inspiration Stage
Entrepreneurship

Shifting Sands: The Perspectives of Regional Entrepreneurs

22nd
13:00 - 14:00
Fireside Stage
Entrepreneurship

Leann TEDX speaking techniques to engage your audience and highlight the why of your business idea , wrapped up in a form of a storytelling format.

22nd
13:00 - 14:00
Meet your Mentor Corner
Entrepreneurship

Outsourcing vs in-house technical development.

22nd
13:00 - 14:00
Meet your Mentor Corner
Entrepreneurship

Capital Structure: How much money to raise, when and how.

22nd
13:00 - 14:00
Meet your Mentor Corner
Entrepreneurship

Business Development

22nd
13:00 - 14:00
Meet your Mentor Corner
Entrepreneurship

22nd
13:15 - 13:30
SEF Talks Stage
Entrepreneurship

22nd
13:25 - 13:50
Inspiration Stage
Entrepreneurship

echnology, particularly mobile, creates the opportunity for local businesses to become global and create meaningful connections with potential customers around the world

22nd
13:30 - 13:45
SEF Talks Stage
Entrepreneurship

Ecosystem building blocks
Tamara Pupic
Tarig El-Sheikh
Sabah Al Binali
Eman Al Mahmoud
22nd
13:40 - 14:05
Inspiration Stage
Entrepreneurship

What are the requirements for a strong ecosystem infrastructure?

22nd
13:45 - 14:00
SEF Talks Stage
Entrepreneurship

Couples Segment - Mr. Usta
Ibrahim Colak
Dunia Othman
22nd
14:00 - 14:30
Fireside Stage
Entrepreneurship

ups and downs to start a business as a couple founders

22nd
14:00 - 15:00
Workshop Room 1
Entrepreneurship

22nd
14:00 - 15:00
Meet your Mentor Corner
Entrepreneurship

22nd
14:00 - 15:00
Meet your Mentor Corner
Entrepreneurship

22nd
14:00 - 15:00
Meet your Mentor Corner
Entrepreneurship

22nd
14:00 - 14:15
SEF Talks Stage
Entrepreneurship

The double bottom-line: the balance between social impact and profitability
David Munir Nabti
Patricia Letayf
Medea Nocentini
Noha Mahdi
22nd
14:05 - 14:30
Inspiration Stage
Entrepreneurship

How developed is social entrepreneurship in the region, and what makes it slow in growth and not much supported by investors

22nd
14:15 - 14:30
SEF Talks Stage
Entrepreneurship

Couples Segment - Melltoo
Sharene Lee
Morrad Irsane
Rana Nawas
22nd
14:30 - 15:00
Fireside Stage
Entrepreneurship

22nd
14:30 - 14:45
Inspiration Stage
Entrepreneurship

Who are the top 10 most interesting startups, you should be on the look out for!

Sustaining the Future in a complex world
Tatiana Antonelli Abella
Hashim Alzaabi
Moe Al-Husseini
Sami Khoreibi
22nd
14:45 - 15:15
Inspiration Stage
Entrepreneurship

The future of sustainability in the region, supporting parties.

22nd
15:00 - 16:00
Meet your Mentor Corner
Entrepreneurship

22nd
15:00 - 16:00
Meet your Mentor Corner
Entrepreneurship

22nd
15:00 - 16:00
Meet your Mentor Corner
Entrepreneurship

Intrapreneurship.

22nd
15:00 - 15:15
SEF Talks Stage
Entrepreneurship

Alternative Sources of Investment for Startups
Saad Umerani
Tammer Qaddumi
Tena Pick
Heather Henyon
22nd
15:15 - 15:40
Inspiration Stage
Funding

What are creative ways to finance your startup besides going to a usual VC?

22nd
15:15 - 15:30
SEF Talks Stage
Entrepreneurship

22nd
15:30 - 16:00
Fireside Stage
Entrepreneurship

20 mins with founders and 10 mins interactive with audience

22nd
15:30 - 15:45
SEF Talks Stage
Entrepreneurship

The rising economic power of the unbanked: Finance in the digital revolution
Katharine Budd
Gaurav Dhar
Craig Moore
Padmini Gupta
22nd
15:40 - 16:10
Inspiration Stage
Fintech

Fintech and Islamic economy where they meet and where they don't, flexibility of fintech in meeting the market's needs

22nd
15:45 - 16:00
SEF Talks Stage
Entrepreneurship

Turning your Art/Music into a business
BIG HASS
Hamza Hawsawi
Shamek Farrah
22nd
16:00 - 16:30
Green Room Stage
Creative Economy

How's art and music taking shape in the Arab business world? What is the future of the industry in the region? Do we have enough supporters and a well equipped infrastructure to grow the artistic Arab scene

22nd
16:00 - 17:00
Workshop Room 1
Entrepreneurship

22nd
16:00 - 17:00
Workshop room 1
Entrepreneurship

22nd
16:00 - 18:00
Meet your Mentor Corner
Entrepreneurship

22nd
16:00 - 17:00
Meet your Mentor Corner
Entrepreneurship

22nd
16:00 - 17:00
Meet your Mentor Corner
Entrepreneurship

VAT and how if impacts your business.

22nd
16:00 - 17:00
Meet Your Mentor Corner
Funding

Scaling up your start-up - what else do you need to consider part from funding?

22nd
16:00 - 00:36
Fireside
Entrepreneurship

22nd
16:10 - 21:00

Arabic content in the media world
Badr Ward
samya ayish
Dia Haykal
22nd
16:10 - 16:30
Inspiration Stage
Creative Economy

The evolution of Arabic media content in the Arab world.

22nd
16:10 - 16:30
Inspiration
Entrepreneurship

22nd
17:00 - 18:00
Meet your Mentor
Entrepreneurship

22nd
17:00 - 18:00
Meet your Mentor Corner
Creative Economy

UX design

22nd
17:00 - 18:00
Meet your Mentor Corner
Entrepreneurship

Digital marketing

22nd
17:25 - 18:00
Workshop Room 1
Entrepreneurship

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