Established in 2019, the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) provides women entrepreneurs the knowledge, network, and access they need to launch or scale their business. The UAE edition of AWE is organized by the US Mission to the UAE, in partnership with startAD, AmCham Abu Dhabi, and GrowME International. It is a highly customized 6-month program for women-led SMEs in the UAE. The 2nd edition of AWE UAE promotes economic prosperity by creating opportunities for women entrepreneurs to skill, scale, and thrive. It will enable women-owned SMEs in the UAE to deconstruct and identify new channels, markets & customers while strengthening the operational business pillars that these SMEs may lack the experiences or resources to build.
Hana Barakat, Associate Director of startAD
Meghan Gregonis, United States Consul General
Under-Secretary of Commerce for International Trade, Marisa Lago
Ramesh Jagannathan, Managing Director of startAD
Businesses will have the opportunity to meet members from the US Mission to the UAE, AmCham Abu Dhabi, and other invited guests
July 7, 2021
You are welcome to apply!
August 4, 2021
Attend our virtual information session to learn more about the program
September 1, 2021
Last day to submit your application
September 26, 2021
Craft an action plan. Explore your business for value and opportunity. Identify what you need for the way forward.
November 11, 2021
Submit your action plan
November 17, 2021
We will announce the candidates for phase II
January 9, 2022
Bring your plan to life with guided support
March 8, 2022
Showcase your achievements and business potential at a high-profile event to celebrate Women’s Day 2022