Organized by the US Mission to the UAE, in partnership with startAD, AWE UAE is a 6-month, free-of-charge, online program promoting economic prosperity by creating opportunities for women entrepreneurs to upskill, scale and thrive. It will enable women-owned SMEs in the UAE to deconstruct and identify new channels, markets & customers. It will also strengthen the operational business pillars that these SMEs may not have the resources or experience to build.
The program will conclude with a high-profile event celebrating Women’s Day 2022 on March 8th, where finalists showcase their achievements and business potential to the program partners and other key stakeholders.
As a result of AWE UAE 2020, each participating business demonstrated significant growth, with two securing commercial agreements with large Abu Dhabi-based corporations and others expanding their operations in markets such as Saudi Arabia and Qatar. Collectively, the businesses secured over ten new clients, earned four new industry certifications, and adopted digital business models as a response to the new market conditions
Women entrepreneurs (between the ages of 20-55) with a strategic decision-making role, owning an SME business in the UAE.
SMEs that can demonstrate 2 years of operating revenue are encouraged to apply
Businesses with a minimum of two team members
Applicants that can commit to attending every workshop and complete all assignments
Owners of businesses with a VAT TRN that is active currently or at least has been active within the last 18 months
Gain the skills and tools to re-imagine and revitalize your business for current market conditions in a free-of-charge, virtual program
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 US Mission to the UAE and startAD global network
Access to skilled interns and local talents to fill project resource gaps
Showcase your business to potential partners, customers, and supporters at a high profile event on International Women’s Day on March 8, 2022
Future potential of the business: Scope for continuity and future growth
Team: Demonstrable curiosity and openness to the opportunity. Ability to commit the time to work “on the business”, do the work required to adapt the business
Commitment: Willingness to explore, listen to learn, receive and share feedback, let go and re-imagine. Readiness to support the community
|Program Phases||SKILL - Reimagine Possibilities||SCALE - Reinvent Your Business|
|Duration||Sep 26th - Nov 11th, 2021||Jan 9th - Mar 8th, 2022|
|Format||9 online sessions (3 hours each)||12 online sessions (2-3 hours each)|
● Re-energize and refill your tanks. Reset your mindset to a new paradigm
● Explore your business model for value and opportunity
● Access experts who can answer your questions and help you gain insight to make informed decisions
● Develop an actionable strategy to meet market needs
|● Conduct customer discovery across a range of sectors
● Access new markets through potential partners, new customer channels, and potential investors
● Interact with a pool of talented student interns from NYUAD who can provide diverse resources to execute specific projects
● Pivot, transform and strengthen your business through guided learning and execution
|Support||Business and innovation experts and the regional entrepreneurship community||Specific mentors matched by industry, business strategists, innovation experts, and the regional entrepreneurship community|
Craft an Action plan
Explore your business for value and opportunity. Identifying tangible next steps, and what you need for the way forward
Bring the plan to life
Guided support to execute and adjust the plan to meet actual business needs
|Next Steps||At the end of Phase I, the action plan is submitted for review. Businesses with a clear view for the way forward & demonstrated a willingness to be coached & the energy & stamina to drive forward will move to Phase II.
Whatever the outcome, you will be energized, have access to a broader resource network, and have a business continuity plan to work with.
|Phase II finale will be the opportunity to showcase your achievements and business potential to the regional entrepreneurship community at a high-profile event celebrating Women’s Day 2022|
Get involved as a mentor for AWE 2021.