The WIn Fellowship, part of the Atlantic Council’s empowerME initiative, hosted a virtual workshop on Tuesday, December 12th at 11:00 AM EST (7 PM KSA, Bahrain /8 PM UAE)

In the dynamic startup ecosystem of the Middle East, women entrepreneurs are pivotal in driving progress and innovation. However, one of the most significant hurdles they face is accessing venture capital (VC) funding, which is crucial for the growth of early-stage and high-potential businesses.

Despite a remarkable surge in VC activity in the Middle East during 2022, female entrepreneurs have not reaped proportional benefits. A stark example of this disparity is seen in 2021’s statistics, where female-founded startups in the MENA region secured only 1.2 percent of the total VC investments

Addressing this critical gap, the WIn Fellowship’s virtual panel aimed to empower women entrepreneurs with the tools and knowledge necessary to successfully navigate the venture capital landscape. This panel discussion featured a diverse array of seasoned experts and industry leaders who shared practical insights and strategies to help transform innovative ideas into successful businesses.

Speakers & Moderator


Amal Dokhan
General Partner
500 Global MENA

Tammer Qaddumi
Co-Founder & General Partner

Moderated by

Amjad Ahmad
Chairman, empowerME
Atlantic Council

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empowerME at the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East is shaping solutions to empower entrepreneurs, women, and youth and building coalitions of public and private partnerships to drive regional economic integration, prosperity, and job creation.

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