TiE Women MENA 2024 invite applications from women entrepreneurs

TiE Women MENA 2024 invite applications from women entrepreneurs

The Dubai chapter of The Indus Entrepreneurs has officially launched the fifth annual TiE Women MENA Program 2024, an empowering initiative designed to support and elevate women entrepreneurs across the MENA region. The program expands its reach to include 5 categories UAE, Emirati, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and the rest of the Middle East, underlining its commitment to fostering gender parity in entrepreneurship in line with government efforts.

The competition kicks off with an application phase open until June 1st, 2024. Through several rounds of screening, an unbiased jury with TiE Dubai Charter members will select the top innovative ideas from each of the five categories. The selected finalists will showcase their ventures in five rigorous pitch competitions. The winners of these competitions prep for the MENA finals, previously hosted at the North Star Expand at GITEX. At every stage, the program will include mentorship sessions with renowned and experienced industry leaders, financial advisory services, strategy coaching, workshops on practical business planning, an online global accelerator program and tips to nail the perfect investor pitch. The competition will conclude with the Global Finals in December 2024.

Rohit Dev, President at TiE Dubai stated: “Through time, entrepreneurs have been the biggest changemakers and have contributed tirelessly to the world economy, progress, and human sustenance. Despite this, women-led businesses in the region make up less than 5% of all businesses and 2023 saw a significant drop in fund-raising for these companies. For over 21 years, TiE has promoted entrepreneurship in the UAE, and since 2020, its TiE Women MENA initiative has been empowering female entrepreneurs. Supporting regional governments’ mission to increase female business owners, we aim to equip women founders with the tools, knowledge, and networks necessary to thrive in today’s competitive business environment.”

The program seeks to create equal opportunities for women entrepreneurs to excel and contribute significantly to their economies. This year’s theme continues to highlight the role of women in business, with a focus on nurturing their skills through a structured framework. Participating startups undergo several stages of development, from initial application through intensive 1:1 mentorship to pitching their ideas in front of a seasoned panel of judges at the MENA and Global finals.

As a mission-driven organization, TiE Women MENA Program 2024 works with over 15 accelerators, incubators, VC funds, and members of the angel investor community in the startup ecosystem to harness each other’s strengths and specialities to uplift women entrepreneurs. Some partners include in5, DBWC, Flat6labs (MENA), Plug and Play, StartAD, Wamda, Female Angels 2022, AngelSpark, Astrolabs (Saudi), LIVINC (Jordan), and Women Spark (Saudi).

TiE charter members Ashish Panjabi, CEO of Jacky’s Electronics; Mahesh Jaishankar, Head of Strategic Negotiations MENA, Google; Sanjay Babur, Founder of Bestinsurance.ae; Veena Munganahalli, serial entrepreneur and investor; Shabana Karim, Founder/CEO of House of Enspa; and Shameema Parveen, CEO of Edutech are some of the judges for the program.

Global and regional winners will receive prizes and recognition for their accomplishments. In the past, winners have received equity-free cash prizes of up to $50,000 at the Global finals and up to $25,000 at the MENA finals in Dubai, and have gone on to achieve much more.

Last year’s UAE winner was Lara Hussein, Co-founder & CEO of The Waste Lab, dedicated to transforming food scraps and waste into compost for soil regeneration. After her win and mentoring journey with TiE Women MENA, she has garnered more accolades and wins, including at COP28, SEF by Sheraa etc. The TiE Women 2023 Emirati winner was IZI Health from Abu Dhabi. This integrative preventive care offers high-end technological solutions to doctor’s consultations, healthy meal planning, fitness training and holistic medicine. Besides TiE Women’s support along with her Emirati win, she has been selected for other programs by ADIO and STARTAD in her entrepreneurial journey.

The other region’s winners were Playbook from Saudi Arabia, which also won runner-up at the TiE Women Global Finals in Singapore, Warrd from Egypt, and Khateera from the Rest of ME.


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