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Join a community of thought-provoking entrepreneurs, creators & changemakers from around the world.

“This year, our theme, ’Our Shared Canvas’ encapsulates the essence of entrepreneurship and how entrepreneurs have the capacity to positively transform lives across the world. At the Sharjah Entrepreneurship Festival, we recognize that each one of us adds value through our contributions, and it is through collaboration and a strong sense of community that we shape the future.”

Key Speakers

Our speakers this year are revolutionary leaders and industry experts who will take the stage with one goal in mind: to show you how to maximize your potential and inspire a lasting impact on the world.


SEF is the place to join aspiring changemakers, innovative entrepreneurs and global visionaries as you engage in hands-on workshops, get inspired by thought-provoking talks, pitch to leading investors, and more!
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Key Stages

Why Attend

Startups & Entrepreneurs

Ignite your entrepreneurial spirit at the Founders Stage – SEF’s platform for visionary founders dedicated to showcasing cutting-edge ideas and innovations. This stage is divided into two sensational sections that promise to ignite your entrepreneurial spirit.
Our exhilarating Pitch Competition is at the heart of the Sharjah Entrepreneurship Festival. This is where participating startups will be pitching their ideas for the crowd across different tracks, giving you the chance to showcase your ideas to a wide audience and potential investors. Plus, await the chance to win enticing cash prizes!

The Investors Lounge provides the space and opportunity for you to have one on one conversations with some of the leading investors including innovators and founders. Our aim is simple yet invaluable: to enable partnerships that drive the growth of promising ventures.

This is where you will meet and interact with the influential and trailblazing key Sharjah entities contributing to the entrepreneurship ecosystem and Sharjah’s economy. If you are looking for the chance to network with the Emirate’s biggest Sharjah entities, then it’s just the place for you. Engage with Sheraa startups—tomorrow’s innovators—and immerse yourself in a rich environment of ideas and ambition. For those looking to start their own business, this is the place dedicated to guiding and propelling your entrepreneurial journey forward!

Curious Changemakers

SEF welcomes aspiring changemakers and visionaries to be inspired and guided by a diverse range of the most renowned global speakers from within our 4 main stages including the Main Stage, Founders Stage, Community Stage, and Creative Stage.
SEF doesn’t only offer the chance to listen to influential and enlightening speakers. You will engage in hands-on workshops that provide in-depth knowledge and become equipped with the valuable skills of the future pertaining to innovation in the creative field, tech, entrepreneurship and more.

SEF gives you the space and the atmosphere to network with a diverse community of individuals who share a sense of purpose with you. Here, you will forge invaluable connections in dedicated spaces like the Investors Lounge, the Community Zone and much more among others with thought-provoking ideas and entrepreneurial spirits.

Knowledge exchange is part of our core, yet at the heart of the festival lies the Creative Zone, which is where you will elevate your weekend with live performances from global and local top talents.

The ultimate SEF experience isn’t complete without the element of gastronomy at Souq Zone where you can recharge in the amazing weather and reconnect with friends and family as you enjoy culinary delights from food trucks and stalls presented by various retailers and local SMEs.


This year, we have enhanced our workshops to offer a wide range of topics that support entrepreneurs and our creative economy. Forge your path through film, content, social media, lifestyle, and entrepreneurship. These skills aren’t just for today; they’re your legacy for a brighter future, inspiring everyone who sees your journey.

Hear from global innovators about what the future might look like, the skills you’ll need, and how to pave your own way. It’s a chance to get practical advice and inspiration straight from the experts. Embrace their talks as tools for success and societal change, crafting a limitless future.

Content Creators

Unleash your creative genius with a wide range of workshops in the creative economy. You’ll dive into hands-on sessions, learn from industry experts, and discover the secrets to crafting captivating content that stands out. Whether you’re an aspiring creator or a seasoned pro, our workshops are your passport to unlocking your full creative potential. Join us at SEF and let your imagination run wild!

Prepare to be captivated with the Creative Stage at the heart of the festival, where inspiration knows no bounds. We’ve curated a lineup of top-notch speakers who are poised to ignite your creativity, unleash your artistic talents and fuel your entrepreneurial spirit.


A percentage of the ticket sales proceeds will be allocated to support The Big Heart Foundation’s humanitarian and development projects worldwide.

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