About the fellowship

The WIn Fellowship is led by the Atlantic Council’s empowerME Initiative in cooperation with Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business with support from US Embassy Riyadh, UPS, and PepsiCo. The American Chamber of Commerce Saudi Arabia’s Women in Business Committee is the program’s in-person event partner.

The yearlong program from March 2022-March 2023 will enable thirty-three Saudi women entrepreneurs to enhance their networks, gain practical knowledge, and develop U.S.-Saudi people to people and business ties that will help them scale their business locally, regionally, and globally. As part of the program, the Atlantic Council will also produce publications with insights, case studies, and policy recommendations.

The WIn Fellowship was developed following a pilot program in 2021 – IGNITING Women’s Entrepreneurship and Innovation – that was supported by US Embassy Riyadh.

The WIn Fellowship application is currently closed for the 2022 Saudi Arabia cohort. We will announce the application dates for the next Saudi Arabia cohort in early 2023.

The WIn Fellowship will provide

  • Four workshops (some with in-person participation available in Riyadh) featuring US and regional business executives and entrepreneurs on topics such as leadership, business management, and opportunities using technology and corporate collaborations
  • Four online modules of executive education led by Georgetown professors that will culminate in a group pitching competition
  • Mentoring available to all program participants
  • A weeklong roadshow to the United States for the top performers in the program with two days of leadership training led by Georgetown University and meetings in Washington, D.C. and New York City set up by the Atlantic Council with private sector and government officials.

The WIn Fellowship is free for all participants, including the travel costs for the roadshow to the United States for select participants.

Participation and eligibility requirements

Participants should be women who are citizens of Saudi Arabia who have founded or co-founded a business.

Participants should be available to participate in four 90-minute workshops (either online or in person in Riyadh) held on weekdays after 6:00 pm Saudi Arabia time as well as four three-hour online modules held on weekdays after 6:00 pm Saudi Arabia time. Please see the schedule of planned activities below. Participants will also need to complete and submit assignments for the modules.

Participants should also be available to travel to the United States for a week in February 2023 if selected to participate in this opportunity.

Program events will not be held on holidays or during Ramadan.

WIn Fellowship 2022 Program Dates

By March 15, 20222022 WIn Fellows selected and notified
March 29, 2022
6:00-7:30 pm KSA
Kick off welcome meeting
April – May, 2022Mentor matching occurs
Pre-module assignment
May 24 – June 1, 2022
6:00-7:30 pm KSA
Module 1: Leveraging Lean Innovation Principles to Grow Your Business led by Georgetown University
June 7, 2022
6:00-7:30 pm KSA
Balance of Power: Promoting More Women in Leadership Workshop led by Atlantic Council
July 5-6, 2022
6:00-7:30 pm KSA
Module 2: Customer Acquisition led by Georgetown University
July 19, 2022
6:00-6:45 pm KSA
Virtual private training on exporting hosted by UPS
September 13-14, 2022
6:00-7:00 pm KSA
Module 3: Growth Strategies led by Georgetown University
September 28, 2022
6:00-7:30 pm KSA
Regulations and Legal Structures that Impact Women in Business Workshop led by Atlantic Council
October 18, 2022
6:00-6:45 pm KSA
Virtual private training on sustainability hosted by PepsiCo
November 15-16, 2022
6:00-8:00 pm KSA
Module 4: Virtual pitch team competition hosted by Georgetown University
December 13, 2022
6:00-7:30 pm KSA
Impact of Societal Norms and Structures on Women’s Economic Empowerment Workshop led by Atlantic Council
January 24, 2023
6:00-7:30 pm KSA
Destigmatizing Failure and Promoting Business Risk Through Policies and Culture Workshop led by Atlantic Council
February 27 – March 2, 2023Roadshow to the United States for top five WIn Fellows
March 14, 2023
6:00 pm KSA
Hybrid graduation ceremony for all WIn Fellows

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