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About The Seffys

Entrepreneurs believe that in order to change the world, they have to help people change the way they see things. It isn't about striving to be the change in the world but to help all those around them see the world as one so that they would want to change with them.

The Seffys is a set of three prestigious awards for entrepreneurial merit in the UAE's startup industry, given annually by the Sharjah Entrepreneurship Festival to recognize excellence in achievements as assessed by a panel of expert judges. The winners receive a trophy, officially called the "Seffy Award," which has become commonly known by its nickname "Seffy."

The Entrepreneur Of The Year Award

Our ambition is to promote entrepreneurship across the UAE by empowering entrepreneurs to grow their business here and around the world. Incubators and accelerators in the UAE are asked to nominate one of their most promising startups. Our panel of independent judges will then score their pitch decks based on a point system. The nominee with the highest points will win the Entrepreneur of the Year Award. The winner will be announced on the day of the ceremony so all nominees and their respective incubators/accelerators are encouraged to attend as our guests of honor.

  • A UAE Based license holder
  • Operating for a minimum of 3 years
  • Generating revenue
  • Based in the UAE
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The Tech Startup Of The Year Award

Every year, we receive hundreds of applications from hopeful startups to participate in our STARTUP TOWN activation. Our team is then tasked with narrowing down these applications to just 70 Startups. The Tech Rising Star Award aims to raise awareness for these ambitious businesses. Our panel of independent judges scores the 70 Startups based on a point system. The startup with the highest points will win the Tech Rising Star Award. The winner will be announced on the day of the ceremony so all 70 of the STARTUP TOWN participants are encouraged to attend as our guest of honor.

  • Generating revenue upwards of $3000 per month
  • A UAE Based license holder
  • Less than five years in operation
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The Sheraa Rising Star Of The Year Award

The Sheraa Rising Star Award is for Sheraa based startups that have shown the most significant development based on growth, innovation, and impact with their product or service.

  • Be enrolled in an incubation or acceleration program at Sheraa
  • Have been in operation for at least two years
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Independent Judging Panel

The Entrepreneur Of The Year and Tech Startup Of The Year Award winners are determined by a panel of independent judges. However, the management panel at Sheraa (Sharjah Entrepreneurship Center) selects the "Sheraa Rising Star Of The Year Award" winner.

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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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