Apply for the second UAE Edition of the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs Program by startAD

Apply for the second UAE Edition of the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs Program by startAD 

By: Abu Dhabi SME Hub

The online program supports women by nurturing their skills and providing the tools to reimagine and revitalize their businesses.

The United States Mission to the UAE and startAD, the Abu Dhabi-based accelerator powered by Tamkeen and anchored at NYU Abu Dhabi, are accepting applications for the second edition of the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) program, following the success of the inaugural UAE edition. The two-phase online program is aimed at women-owned small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and entrepreneurs from any industry who wish to stabilize, pivot, upskill, and scale their businesses in a post-pandemic economy. 



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Aspiring candidates should be UAE Nationals or residents between 20 to 55 years old, and own a small business that has an active VAT Tax Registration Number or has been operational for at least the past 18 months. Over six months, AWE, which will start on September 26, 2021, will advance 20 women-owned UAE businesses. The online program will conclude on International Women’s Day, March 8, 2022, where finalists will showcase their achievements and business potential to the program partners and other key stakeholders from the UAE’s innovation industry. 

The best performing entrepreneurs will be selected to take part in the second phase, titled SCALE – Reinvent your Business. They will have the opportunity to engage with mentors in their industry, along with business strategists, innovation experts, the regional entrepreneurship community, and a number of NYUAD student interns, during 12 online sessions that will bring their business resilience plan to life. 

You can apply here.

Theodora Kioussis, founder of "Something Design House" is an AWE UAE alumni. She explains how the AWE UAE program transformed her business, helping her achieve the success it enjoys today.


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