Expand North Star is where the next frontier of innovation is curated through trailblazing conferences, workshops and features.

A 360 holistic agenda that spans across five key stages offering over 90 sessions with an agenda for everyone. In addition, there are tons of opportunities for you attend side events and satellite events during the week to ensure your return on investment.

Whether you are here to get inspired or find potential collaborations, we’ve got you all covered.

Access exciting insights, tackle challenging business decisions and discover tech ideas sparking the next wave of innovation from global leaders and disruptors. Our stellar line-up of major tech experts revealed their perspectives on the current challenges and the next frontier of innovation.



Dedicated to GROWTH, global and regional investors and the most successful entrepreneurs are at the 10X stage discussing investment trends, what they look for in a growing venture and where are they investing.

Unicorn founders share their inspiring journeys and high-growth teams explore expansion strategies, funding rounds in a challenging economic context, innovation approaches, partnerships, and more.


The RISING stage include more hands-on and practical insights for founders, investors, and teams seeking a little more guidance from those who have 'been there done that', helping the audience unlock the next growth potential for their business.

Discussions include how to avoid founder friction, pitching anything and getting what you ask for, failing fast and learning from it, building a team and curate company culture, building your business in the UAE and more questions that you stumble upon every day.


The SPOTLIGHT stage is designed to shine light on the hottest sectors and trends in the start-up scene. We will deep dive into pure tech endeavours, impact tech, fintech and more, while welcoming delegations and innovations from the likes of Japan, Estonia, India, Brazil, Africa and of course the UAE.


Fundraising, Sustainable Model, scaling across a continent are just some of the stories Unicorns will cover at the Africa Spotlight conference. Speakers invited founders from Shein, Grab, Nasscom and many more.


The Supernova Challenge is the biggest pitch competition in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia, and your opportunity to become the next unicorn!

With a $200,000 cash prize up for grabs, the Supernova Challenge is the most anticipated pitch competition for entrepreneurs displaying groundbreaking innovations and highlighting their value in front of the world.


Launched in 2018 by the Government of Dubai, Future Blockchain Summit is the first and largest Blockchain exhibition and conference in the MENA region and only event backed by a crypto-regulator – VARA.

The power-packed summit brought together the community’s brightest minds, game-changing startups and powerful investors for 4 days of networking, investing and education centered around the most disruptive technology since the internet – Blockchain.


Bringing together global Fintech leaders, startups and financial centres, Fintech Surge is the Middle East & North Africa’s most impactful and visionary event for the regional Fintech ecosystem.

From digital banking to paytech, insurtech, wealth & asset management and regtech, Fintech Surge sparked dialogue that will shape the regional Fintech space in the coming years.


Experience a galaxy of marketers, artists, musicians, designers, technologists and creative pioneers from the world’s most loved brands at a ground-breaking festival alongside business leaders and VCs showcased technology revolutionising fashion, music, visual arts and gaming.

Launching Angel Sunday 

Expand North Star launches Angel Sunday for the first time, a programme specifically designed for members of aspiring and experienced investors who are looking to diversify their investment portfolio and expand it to tech investments. Expand North Star enables you to connect with experienced tech investors, demo disruptive technologies, and learn about the do’s and don’ts of startup funding.