Date & Time

  • Dec 6th, 2020
  • Dec 7th, 2020
  • Dec 8th, 2020
  • Dec 9th, 2020
  • Dec 10th, 2020



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You are invited to the Sharjah Entrepreneurship Center (Sheraa)’s virtual Sharjah Entrepreneurship Festival, taking place across five days, December 6-10.

This year’s theme for the festival is #BeTheHero— Sheraa is calling upon everyday heroes to solve the world’s most pressing problems, as they begin the hard work of rebuilding their societies and economies post-COVID. Hear from internationally-renowned speakers who have thrived in adversity, uncertainty, and doubt, all in the effort to transform their communities and the world for the better. Sheraa has an incredible line-up that includes

Muhammad Yunus

Nobel Peace Prize winner and social entrepreneur who pioneered microlending as an effective model for poverty alleviation and financial inclusion.

Jacqueline Novogratz

Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Acumen, an innovative nonprofit that has invested more than $100 million in social enterprises globally.

Dr. Jane Goodall

Primatologist, anthropologist, and UN Messenger of Peace who put species conservation on the global agenda and exposed the interconnected fate of humans and animals

Given the tumultuous year and the concerns surrounding the pandemic, SEF 2020 will be held virtually, and free-of-charge, which means Sheraa gets to share the experience with everyone across the globe. You can register to attend through the website.

Background info on Sheraa and the Festival

The Sharjah Entrepreneurship Center (Sheraa), launched in 2016, is a government entity based in the United Arab Emirates with a mandate to develop the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Sharjah – one of the seven emirates in the UAE – and support founders as they build businesses that serve as engines for socio-economic progress.

As part of Sheraa’s efforts to cultivate an entrepreneurial mindset and inspire the next generation of changemakers, we launched the annual Sharjah Entrepreneurship Festival (SEF) in 2017.

Usually a two-day, physical event, SEF has seen over 8000 attendees over the past three years, with over 240 speakers from around the world, including Arlan Hamilton, founder of Backstage Capital, Gary Vaynerchuk, Chairman of VaynerX, Mohammad Alabbar, Chairman of Emaar, and more, all with the aim of inspiring future generations of entrepreneurs and trailblazers.