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Over 50 powerful discussions planned at SEF 2022 to elevate your entrepreneurial success

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SHARJAH, 12th December, 2022 (WAM) — The 6th edition of the Sharjah Entrepreneurship Festival (SEF), set to take place on the 17th and 18th December, 2022, at the Sharjah Research Technology and Innovation Park, will see more than 50 diverse discussions covering visions and presentations from some leading authorities in global entrepreneurship.
The festival, organised annually by Sharjah Entrepreneurship Centre (Sheraa), has been a highlight on the calendar for future changemakers, thought-leaders and investors looking to discover the next “Fortune 500” company in the making.
With the vision to easily find your business niche, under the theme “Where We Belong”, SEF 2022 will have five dedicated stages for visitors to associate their passions, namely Impact Stage, Creative Stage, Tech Stage, Community Stage, and Wellness Stage. Exciting activities, workshops, networking and investment opportunities, and inspiring discussions are lined up to cater to all communities of entrepreneurs, creators and changemakers.
Najla Al Midfa, CEO of Sheraa, said, “With more than 130 speakers spearheading rich discussions on the latest trends and technologies, entrepreneurs and attendees of the two-day festival will have the opportunity to engage with and learn from industry leaders directly. Our speakers and sessions this year have been carefully curated to provide our community of changemakers the knowledge they need to realise their entrepreneurial dreams.”
Here are ten featured talks across the five stages that display the festival’s diversity and provide a good example of why SEF has become a global attraction for all those with an entrepreneurial spirit.
● VCs and the start-up ecosystem: Bracing for headwinds
This discussion featuring VCs, Tala Al Jabri, Basil Moftah and Mahmoud Adi, will cover the role and trajectory of venture capitalists in the start-up ecosystem, especially in this economic climate, their relation to the Middle East and the type of businesses that are most attractive to them.
● Panel Discussion: Breaking stereotypes and championing a new path for young women
The panel will feature two world-famous professionals, Hamda Taryam (Drag-Racer) and Reema Al Mheiri (Industrial Designer and Architect). They will discuss their experience in breaking stereotypes in traditionally male-dominated industries and what the future holds for women thriving in new sectors.
● From building the region’s most popular podcast to selling a multi-million media company
Saudi podcast host and media entrepreneur Abdulrahman Abumalih, the most popular podcast host in the Arab world, will recall his journey of building Thmanyah, a media company which he partly sold for over US$9 million. His story is proof that independent media companies from the region can make it big.
● Sustainable Innovation
This discussion will feature Dr. Robert Wolcott, Co-founder and Chairman of The World Innovation Network. It is a global connective of innovators who power a “serendipity engine” to manifest purpose and impact and reveal how entrepreneurs can make innovation a sustainable practice and how innovation is central to our future.
● To infinity and beyond: The case for solar-powered vehicles
This informative talk will feature Hussain Al Mahmoudi, CEO of SRTIP, and Tom Selton, VP Business Development of Lightyear. It will provide an insight into the world’s first solar-powered car produced by Lightyear, the vision behind UAE Net Zero 2050 and the role and infrastructure of clean mobility in the world.
● Web3.0 and the tech ecosystem
This discussion will feature Azeem Khan (Gitcoin), Ola Lind (GBBC), and world-renowned personality and blockchain expert Jamil Abu-Wardeh (METKAF). He will provide valuable information about how Web 3.0 technologies are being leveraged to create smarter and more efficient systems and the role of decentralised technologies and digital economies.
● Branching out and expanding your horizons
Lebanese media personality, communication advisor, and strategy-led business developer Wissam Brady will host a discussion about turning challenges into opportunities and the unique position that entrepreneurs have to craft sustainable solutions to persistent global issues.
● Panel Discussion: MENA to Y-Combinator
This panel discussion will be aimed at Y-Combinator graduates and feature one of the founders of DAPI, a real-time banking API that enables companies to accept bank transfer payments within any application instantly at a near-zero cost, Nuha Hashem, co-founder of Zywa, the first “neobank”, exclusively tailored for “Gen-Z” in the Middle East and North Africa, and Faisal Toukan, co-founder of Ziina, the UAE’s first peer-to-peer payment app, on a mission to simplify finance for everyone.
● Building psychological systems for Entrepreneurial Journey – Belonging
This empowering discussion will revolve around psychological theories of entrepreneurship that emphasise the emotional and mental aspects of the individuals who drive their entrepreneurial activities. The talk will feature royal guest H.H. Sayyida Basma Al Said (Whispers of Serenity Clinic), a pioneer and a champion of mental health accessibility.
● Engineering the path to happiness
Best-selling author, Mo Gawdat will host a talk that looks back on his 30-year career in tech and how one moment in his life motivated him to make one billion people happier.
Mariam Bin Al Shaikh, Director of the Sharjah Business Women Council, a major partner of SEF 2022, said, “We aim to foster female entrepreneurs who have already become integral to the larger entrepreneurship community within Sharjah and the wider UAE. We look forward to working with Sheraa by initiating dialogues and addressing barriers hindering people from attaining their full potential. This is just a taste of what to expect from the festival this year in its efforts to empower and elevate interest in the entrepreneurial landscape and create a sustainable pathway to success.”

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