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The largest entrepreneurship festival is happening where in the UAE?

Sharjah Entrepreneurship Center, Sheraa, conducted a press conference to announce the launch of the largest entrepreneurship festival in the UAE at the Sheraa Hub, American University of Sharjah.

Celebrating and recharging the spirit of entrepreneurship, Sharjah Entrepreneurship Festival (SharjahEF) makes its grand debut in Sharjah this November, 2017.

SharjahEF, organized and led by Sheraa, is set to be held on 21st and 22nd November 2017 at the Sharjah Golf and Shooting Club.

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Sharjah Entrepreneurship Festival aims to celebrate entrepreneurship and gather all the key players to inspire, empower and connect. The festival welcomes youth, entrepreneurs, government partners, potential investors and industry veterans from the global business community to experience the unique atmosphere of SharjahEF bringing together over 1500 attendees for two full days of inspiring conversations, empowering workshops, and the region’s 60 best startups showcasing at Startup Town.

The startups will also be pitching in the festival’s Pitch Competition for a chance to win up to AED 150,000, judged by an external committee of ecosystem leaders.

Najla Al-Midfa, General Manager at Sheraa commented, “This 2-day celebration of entrepreneurship aims to inspire new achievements, generate thought-provoking discussions, and rejuvenate the ecosystem’s spirit and passion for building a better future.”

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Najla Al Ansari, Project Lead of Sharjah Entrepreneurship Festival stated, “Sharjah Entrepreneurship Festival will bring together the best and brightest of people in the entrepreneurial ecosystem to celebrate the power of entrepreneurship and inspire further innovation.”

The gathering of prominent mentors and business magnates will deliver discussions and insights into a range of topics including social entrepreneurship, creative economies, future and disruptive technologies, fintech, and the cultivation of the startup ecosystem. The event will include notable investors, strategic partners such as Emaar and Sharjah Media City (Shams), and an impressive lineup of 80+ speakers.

SharjahEF will also be introducing The Seffy Awards, a set of nine prestigious awards for entrepreneurial merit in the UAE’s startup industry to recognize excellence in achievements as assessed by a popular community vote.

The various categories include the Entrepreneur of the Year award, the Tech Startup of the Year award and the Sheraa Rising Star of the Year award. The Tech Startup of the Year award has 7 winners, from industries including Travel & Tourism, Fintech, Food & Beverage, Creative Economy, Social Enterprise, Cleantech, and Logistics & Transportation.

For more information and registration to SharjahEF, visit