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Sharjah Entrepreneurship Festival 2024

5th Foodpreneur Collective Networking - Sharjah

Are you a Food & Beverage (F&B) industry professional based in the UAE and/or a MENA-based F&B startup, investor, consultant, or other industry professional visiting the region or the Sharjah Entrepreneurship Festival (SEF) 2024?

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5th Foodpreneur Collective Networking - Sharjah
5th Foodpreneur Collective Networking - Sharjah

Time & Location

04. Feb. 2024, 11:00 – 14:00 GMT+4

Sharjah Entrepreneurship Festival 2024, Sharjah - University City - Sharjah - United Arab Emirates

About the event

RSVP now for our 5th in-person “Foodpreneur Collective Networking - Sharjah” at Sharjah Entrepreneurship Festival (SEF) 2024, Sharjah Research Technology and Innovation Park.

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Following the success of our first four Dubai events, we are pleased to confirm the following networking opportunity in conjunction with SEF 2024 and Sheraa:

“Foodpreneur Collective Networking - Sharjah”

This networking event is free to attend, but you must ben registered to attend SEF 2024 (see link to purchase tickets here: and register in advance for our event so we have an idea on numbers.

You will also have to pay for your own food & drinks.


Sharjah Entrepreneurship Festival (SEF) 2024, Sharjah Research Technology and Innovation Park on Sunday, 4th February 11am


Sascha Dutta, Event Co-host & Founder (Marketing Strategiser) & Dubai Lead Ambassador (FoodHack)

Nader Amiri, Event Co-host, Pitch Lounge Panelist & Founder (elGrocer)

Ahmad Shamieh, Event Co-host & General Partner (Homegrown CPG)

Event Organisers Associated with:

Marketing Strategiser

Pitch Lounge


Homegrown CPG


Sharjah Entrepreneurship Festival (SEF) 2024

Sharjah Entrepreneurship Center (Sheraa)

Event Target Audience:

The networking event warmly invites local and international F&B industry professionals and any of the UAE-based persons on our email lists, 30k+ investors on the Pitch Lounge mailing list, and 2000+ on their combined LinkedIn and Facebook groups as well as anyone attending SEF 2024.

Although the networking event is not exclusive, we are particularly interested in founders, buyers, and investors involved in producing, buying, and funding food & drink CPG products, FoodTech or AgTech and/or industry professionals seeking business partners, new products, and investment deal flow!

Event Promoters:

Sascha Dutta from Marketing Strategiser and FoodHack (Dubai) alongside Jamal Maxey from Pitch Lounge and a mentor on the Techstars Catalyst Program (Saudi Arabia) organise pitching, panelist, and networking-based F&B events matching F&B founders to investors and industry professionals from companies including FoodHack, Flora Ventures, RSVP Business Angel, RePlate Ventures, ProVeg Incubator, IndieBio, Fusion VC, FRESH START FoodTech Incubator IL, and others.

Event Partners:

Marketing Strategiser is a Food & Beverage marketing and branding consultancy with corporate and startup clients.

FoodHack brings together Food & FoodTech professionals where they get the inside scoop on industry news and meet partners, friends, mentors, investors - and everything in between.

Pitch Lounge has produced 80+ pitch events in 4 years including 35+ Food & Beverage events with the support of Marketing Strategiser - that provides Marketing & Social Media Consulting, Coaching & Training for Food & Drink Entrepreneurs to help you grow your business.

Sharjah Entrepreneurship Festival (SEF) 2024 brings together over 20,000 entrepreneurs, investors, creators, industry leaders and the youth for two days of uplifting conversations, deep connection, personal growth and transformation.

Sharjah Entrepreneurship Center (Sheraa) is a government-supported entity launched in 2016 with a mandate to build the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Sharjah, and support entrepreneurs as they build and grow innovative startups that will contribute positively to the region’s economy. Sheraa works hand-in-hand with entrepreneurs to build, launch, and scale startups that go on to make a significant impact in their communities. The organization also has a strong focus on empowering the next generation of changemakers, through hackathons and capacity building programs in their university hubs to cultivate an entrepreneurial mindset from an early age. At the end of every year the host the annual Sharjah Entrepreneurship Festival.

Pitch Lounge produces online and hybrid startup-investor pitch events providing the following to fundraising F&B startups:

☑️ EXPOSURE: to a vast network of investors, buyers, and channel partners

☑️ SUPPORT: live feedback from a panel of experts that includes active investors

☑️ CONNECTIONS: sector experts, investors, and other sources of funding and support

We are always open to being approached by companies interested in our events - suitable pitching startups, panelists, investors and sponsor partners, etc.

Please email for more details.



Next online event:

Foodpreneurs Collective Pitch Lounge” (Thursday, 8th February | 5-7 PM UTC).

If interested in pitching at our feedback-based pitch event series for early-stage F&B startups or more mature startups preparing for a new investment round or looking to be acquired, please email

For info on this feedback-based pitch event series, please keep reading below.

Our next hybrid event:

MENA Food & Beverage Pitch Lounge (22nd February), Gulfoods, Dubai (time TBC)

Are you a F&B Startup in the MENA region or interested in the MENA region and attending Gulfoods?  If so, and you are looking for investors apply to pitch by emailing your pitch deck to

We have 4-6 pitch slots available.

Alternatively, register your interest as either a panelist or sponsor at the MENA Food & Beverage pitch event:


PITCH LOUNGE - Event Formats

Type A: Advisor Panel - Pitch Feedback Events

Seize a chance to get investor pitch ready by presenting in an informal setting and getting helpful feedback from a panel of experts including those who are F&B focused, exited founders, angel investors/finance professionals, pitch/communication coaches, etc.

This pitching opportunity suits early-stage startups, pre- or post-investment, or revenue. We have even hosted Seed startups wanting to come and receive feedback on their new Seed investor pitch deck to polish it later in advance of investor meetings, where pitch deck and presenting feedback are often in short supply.

No investors are actively invited. However, we usually host 1-2 investment industry professionals on the panel and investors might register to attend as audience members.

For more information please refer to our FAQ document.

Type B: Investor Panel - Pitch Demo Events

Our demo day-style F&B pitch events have been since August 2020 in largely the same successful format.

Usually, we host (four-to-six) 5-minute startup pitches and Q&A rounds with an investor panel. We also offer end-of-event breakout room networking, one room dedicated to each presenting company - startup or sponsor. It includes a more generous time allocation than most demo days. Applications are open and startups will be shortlisted on a rolling basis.

There is a wider value offering than the feedback events including pre-event and post-event marketing of your investment raise and a dedicated digital networking room during the event as well as investor introductions and an annotated registration list shared post-event.

For more information and to register your interest as startup, sponsor, investor or panelist, please email

Our Global Community

For updates on Pitch Lounge events and relevant networking, please also join our event series groups and subscribe to our newsletter:

“Food & Beverage Pitch Events”

To connect, learn and network within this region, join our new “MENATI Food & Beverage” LinkedIn group:“

Foodpreneur Collective:

Subscribe to our “Pitch Lounge” mailing list on our website for periodic updates on pitch events and other support to the startup-investor community:


We can't wait to meet you!

Kind Regards,

Sascha Dutta, Event Co-host & Founder (Marketing Strategiser) & Dubai Lead Ambassador (FoodHack)

Nader Amiri, Event Co-host, Pitch Lounge Panelist & Founder (elGrocer)

Ahmad Shamieh, Event Co-host & General Partner (Homegrown CPG)

Jamal Maxey - Co-Producer & Event Promoter (Pitch Lounge) & Mentor (Techstars - Saudi Arabia)

Meiraj Ahmed - Brand Manager (Pitch Lounge) & Founder (


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