Arada Vice Chairman Prince Khaled bin Alwaleed takes part in Sharjah Entrepreneurship Festival 2019

26 November 2019

HRH Prince Khaled bin Alwaleed bin Talal Al Saud, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of KBW Ventures, and Vice Chairman of Arada, recently spoke at the Middle East’s most prominent events for startups, the 2019 Sharjah Entrepreneurship Festival (SEF).

Staged at the Expo Center Sharjah, the annual event involves two full days of talks, workshops, pitches and exhibits, and welcomes guests from across the region and further afield.

Prince Khaled was interviewed live on stage by Aby Sam Thomas, the Editor-in-Chief of Entrepreneur Middle East magazine. The wide-ranging conversation touched on a number of topics, including Prince Khaled’s investments in a number of tech and deep tech companies, and his special focus on plant-based business models.

Prince Khaled also shared his views on the region’s entrepreneurial ecosystem and gave advice on pitching to investors, scaling and valuations.

Held under the patronage of HE Sheikha Bodour bint Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Chairperson of Sheraa, the SEF is one of the largest events for startups and entrepreneurs in the region, with around 4,000 attendees expected over the run of the show.

From L to R- Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al Nuaimi, HE Sheikha Bodour bint Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, HRH Prince Khaled bin Alwaleed bin Talal Al Saud, and Ms. Najla Al Midfa at Sharjah Festival of Entrepreneurship 2019

The SEF was opened by Najla Al Midfa, Chief Executive Officer of Sheraa, who gave a keynote speech highlighting the organization’s achievements so far, and outlining the importance of the sector to Middle Eastern economies.

Other keynotes were delivered by Sheikha Shamma bint Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Alliances for Global Sustainability and Grammy award-winning artist and entrepreneur Akon.

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