Academy For Women Entrepreneurs in the UAE
Women in Business
Re-energise, Reimagine, and Reset your business for Success.
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What is AWE?

The Academy of Women Entrepreneurs in the United Arab Emirates (AWE UAE) is a three-month program that equips female entrepreneurs from across the UAE to:

  • Explore business growth opportunities
  • Devise a robust action plan
  • Connect with key regional and global stakeholders
AWE UAE is organized by the U.S. Mission to the UAE, in partnership with startAD. Female-owned SMEs looking to stabilize, pivot, and upscale their business for the fast-paced growth of the UAE knowledge-based are encouraged to apply.




In its third edition, AWE UAE will focus on business resilience, adaptability, and identifying growth opportunities for women-owned businesses in the UAE. So, be ready for a 3-month program with:

  • Sessions and workshops with global experts to help grow your business
  • 1:1 coaching where you are matched with industry and domain experts as mentors
  • 1 Showcase day to present your business to the UAE innovation ecosystem through a specially curated event on International Women’s Day, March 8, 2023

It's time to thrive, grow, and scale

Apply to

  • Gain the skills and tools to reimagine and revitalize your business for the current market
  • Get coached by experienced business strategists, innovation experts, and mentors to reset your path to profitability
  • Connect with key regional and global stakeholders through the U.S. Mission to the UAE and startAD global network
  • Grow your team with access to skilled interns and local talents to assist with business resource gaps
  • Showcase your business to potential partners, customers, and supporters at a high-profile event on International Women’s Day on March 8, 2023

Industries we work with








Food Security







Supply Chain

Program Timeline
  • Application Launch


    Make sure you submit your application early

  • Virtual Information Session


    Get more insights about the program benefits by attending our virtual information session

  • Application Deadline


    Don’t miss your chance to submit your application

  • Program Begins


    Craft your action plans and move forward

  • Showcase Day


    Showcase your achievements at a high-profile event to celebrate Women’s Day 2023

AWE Alumni

The AWE program support has forced us to look at parts of our business that were being neglected, this has helped us take ownership and create strategies for the future.

Helen Hope - Cofounder, Safe Space

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Offers a range of tailor-made business solutions and consultancy services for the hospitality business.

Bismillah Buddies

Creates books to challenge stereotypes in the written word and shift perspectives.


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Promotes the mental well-being of young girls.

iCharge Point

Provides a power bank sharing service to Dubai's public through a network of fully automated vending machines.

Kenzi Beauty Trading

Provides quality products and equipment for spas and salons.

Milieu Environmental Consultancy

Offers high-quality technical services in sustainable development fields.


Promotes a new global fitness movement inspired by style, design & innovation.

Pretty Shady Parasols

Creates stunning garden umbrellas and accessories in a range of fun, bold prints.

Programmers Zone

Specializes in coding courses for children and adults as well as website and app development services.

RFLCT Creative Arts

Aim to empower the community through different forms of art.

Safe Space

Offers educational opportunities and promotes mental health.

Shift Eco

Curates honest and impactful eco-friendly products.

Social Media Strategy Me

Provides technical and digital solutions to individuals, corporates, and brands.

Soil Store

Helps people make the shift to healthy, clean living with organic products.

Something Design House

Merges quality architecture and interior design with a passion for changing & developing the communities.

The Party Handicraft

Brings people the best in personalized party accessories and gifts.

Turf Cafe & November Cafe

Brings a passion for all things coffee.


Aims to rekindle eco-conscious living by making fashion and lifestyle sustainable.

Trident Trackway

Focuses on construction-related projects like manufacturing, renting, and selling temporary roadways.


Offers great deals in electronics, robotics, smart gadgets, medical devices, software, & more in a virtual space.

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