Strategic ICT Partner

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Official Carrier

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Strategic Partners

Abu Dhabi ChamberDepartment of Economic DevelopmentKhalifa FundDubai Internet City

Event Partners

NexusFederation of U.A.E. Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Official News Broadcaster

Strategic Career Partner

Banking Partner


Organised By

Informa Exhibitions

Supporter Of

Dubai Expo2020
Training Workshops


2013 Post Show Report

SME Congress & Expo 2013 provided the most comprehensive platform for empowering SMEs and entrepreneurs in the Middle East.

Focused on networking and creating the perfect platform to conduct business, the regional and local SME and entrepreneurship market and key international stakeholders descended on the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre with over 3000 participants from over 25 countries attending.

Click here to download the 2013 Post Show Report.

Pitch for Investment Finalists

At SME Congress & Expo 2013 ten finalists were selected to present their new business's/business ideas at the Pitch for Investment competition.

Here are the presentations for each of the finalists:

Pitch for Investment Winners

Congratulations to the winner and runners-up of Pitch for Investment 2013.



Show News - Day2

Middle East Women Embark On Corporate Journey

Abu Dhabi, UAE, 17 December, 2013:The number of female entrepreneurs in the UAE is expected to grow significantly, however according to the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM), men are currently 2.8 times more likely to start-up a business than women.
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Show News - Day1

Unlocking Middle East's Small Business Potential, SME Congress & Expo Inaugurates Today

Abu Dhabi, UAE, 16 December, 2013: The region's top business leaders, successful entrepreneurs, and government officials will discuss the key challenges and opportunities facing Mid East small businesses at the SME Congress & Expo, which was today inaugurated by Ibrahim Al Mansoori,
Chief Operating Officer of the Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development.


" We just launched our management consultancy company 4 months ago so we wanted to exhibit at the SME Congress & Expo to meet small business owners and entrepreneurs. The first day was very busy and visitor feedback was very positive. "
Abed Alkareem Khamees, CEO & Founder, Think Positive
" The SME Congress & Expo was an amazing event and well organised across the whole three days. We found from visitors that there is a lot of demand for our services in the UAE and we are looking to invest more in the UAE events sector in 2014. "
Souad M. Al-Hosani, President, Nexus
" The organisation overall was excellent and the layout very good. The first day was very busy, with days 2 and 3 much quieter. However the lower footfall meant that we could have good meaningful conversations with visitors and explain to them what services are, and we were able to establish some strong business leads. "
Abeer Abu Shmeis, Marketing, Business Development, Mindset
" This has been the perfect platform for us to introduce our services since launching four months ago. The most important thing is that we have met the exact type of visitor that we cater too, entrepreneurs and start-up business owners. We have met more than 300 leads over the three days and this whole event has just been an ideal opportunity to exchange ideas with likeminded people. "
Howida Khalid Mahgoub, Founder, General Manager, Entrepreneurship Training & Development Center (ETDC).


" Well done job, it was a useful conference. "
Abdulrahman Azazy, Director, Paragon Pharmacy
" Excellent work "
Salma Bagsair, General Manager, Duexcel


" I attended energetic and practical sessions which were exceptional. The presenters were peak performance motivators. They capture the audience and moved me to action. I received relevant, direct advice for today's increasing challenging business environment. "
Jeanette Schmidt, Business development consultant, Bin Sager Group/Al Dossary Group

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