The Sharjah UAE Startups Award


About the Award

Sharjah UAE Startups Award is targeting innovative entrepreneurial ventures and newly emerged, fast-growing, private sector organizations in the United Arab Emirates. The Sharjah UAE Startups Award has no restrictions regarding registration as it offers eligibility of participation to all nationalities and all private sector organizations to take part in the Award. The first place winner in Sharjah UAE Startups Award will receive a cash prize of a 100,000 AED.

The assessment criteria for the Award is as follow:

  • Innovation

  • Measurable Success

Important Notes:

  • Filling this registration form does not bind the applicant to make submission, however a serious attempt at preparing the final submission document is expected.

  • Applicant is expected to submit the final submission document before the date specified by ShjSEEN Award. This document must reflect the applicant’s organization as it currently stands against the Award criteria.

  • Applicant must start as early as possible. Do not underestimate the time it takes to produce a good submission document.

  • Upon receipt of the submission document by shjSEEN Award team, the applicant will be entitled to further updates about the Award together with any other booklets, seminars, events and courses organized by shjSEEN Award.

List of Required Documents

  • Registration Form.

  • Applicant Organization Profile.

  • Applicant Organization organizational structure.

  • CV

  • Valid copy of Applicant Trade License.

  • Valid copy of Applicant Membership

    (Sharjah Chamber of Commerce & Industry)

  • Summary of achievements, activities and accomplishments.

    (Copies of relevant documents to be attached)

Writing Standards

  • Follow Format/ Margin sent.

  • No. of Pages in Submission Document: 35 Pgs. max.

  • Follow Heading and Sub-heading numeration.

  • Language: Arabic / English.

  • Font Size: 12

  • Font Type: Arial/ Times New Roman.

  • Dividers: Dividers do not count towards number of pages.

  • Front Cover

  • Standards for Charts and for Diagrams

  • Numbered Attachments.

Terms & Conditions

  • The applicant organization can be located in any emirate of the United Arab Emirates.

  • The applicant must be the owner, founder or controlling shareholder of the organization and principally responsible for its operation.

  • The applicant organization must have a valid license and a membership with any of UAE Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

  • The applicant organization must have at minimum of two years of operation or one financial year.

  • The applicant organization must have sound financial and legal standing.

  • The applicant organization has to choose only one domain for participation.

  • The applicant organization should abide by the award deadlines.

  • The winning applicant organization can re-participate again in the award after 2 cycles only.

  • Winners will be subject to wide media coverage after the award ceremony.

  • Winners may use the award logo for a maximum of three years after receiving the award.

  • The decision of the Board of Trustees regarding the selection of the winners is final

  • The applicant organization must give a short presentation of how they include Social Responsibility in their business plans and the benefits achieved plus a maximum of 250-word summary of why they believe they should win this award

How to Apply

  • The applicant organization can apply for the Sharjah UAE Startups Award through our website

  • The applicant organization will receive a confirmation email.

  • The shjSEEN Award Team will contact the applicant organization.

  • The applicant organization will be asked to send fully completed documents required to check for eligibility.


  • 50% discount on fees of using the facilities of the World Trade Club in Sharjah Chamber

  • A free advertisement page in “Al Tijarah” magazine, issued by chamber.

  • Special rates for participating in exhibitions and events of Sharjah Expo Exhibition Centre

  • Free participation “space” in any of the foreign exhibitions the chamber participates in. Ticket and accommodation for one representative might be covered for some exhibitions.

  • Special rates for advertising on Sharjah radio and TV

  • The usage of the shjSEEN logo designed for each Awards category winner for three years

  • Circulation of the list of winners among the VIP lists of government departments in Sharjah

  • Listing of the winning organizations on the Wall of Fame in the Chamber’s building and at the entrance of Sharjah Expo Exhibition Centre

  • Free usage of the chamber’s facilities, including any of the conference halls and training rooms for one day.

  • An opportunity to share the winner organization’s best practice during the Annual Master Class