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Unleash your startup’s potential & Win AED 200,000 in cash pool prize At SEF 2024 Pitch Competition!

The Startup Pitch at the Sharjah Entrepreneurship Festival is a pivotal event that magnifies the spirit of entrepreneurship.

Here, 15 budding entrepreneurs take center stage to unveil their visionary concepts and business solutions. With awards totaling 50,000 AED per track, startups must artfully articulate their business plans and illustrate their market potential, leaving a lasting impression on both the audience and a distinguished panel of judges.

Beyond the competition, this event creates a vibrant ecosystem that nurtures innovation and competition, making it a must-attend for anyone eager to witness the future of entrepreneurship in action. It’s a stage where dreams take flight, and the entrepreneurial spirit soars.




There are four tracks this year:

  1. Tourism Track – Sponsored by Sharjah Tourism
  2. Creative Economy Track – Sponsored by Sharjah Media City (Shams)
  3. Impact Track Track – Sponsored by Sharjah Business Women Council (SBWC)
  4. Tech Track – Sponsored by Emaar

Startup Pitch Competition Timeline
– January 14, 2024 Applications close
– January 18, 2024 Selected startups announced
– February 3, 2024 Pitch day at SEF
– February 4, 2024 Winners announced at SEF

General Criteria:

  1. Startups should have at least a working MVP and generate revenue.
  2. The company must be licensed in the UAE.
  3. Founders should be available to pitch in person at SEF on the 3rd of February 2024, and for the award ceremony on the 4th of February 2024.