TiE Dubai extends global TiE Women competition for entrepreneurs in MENA
Mita Srinivasan
10x Industry

TiE Dubai extends global TiE Women competition for entrepreneurs in MENA

Through the TiE Women initiative, TiE Dubai aims to provide budding women entrepreneurs in the UAE and the MENA region with a platform to collaborate and showcase their business potential

TiE Dubai, the Dubai chapter of TiE, announced its official participation in TiE Women, a global initiative dedicated to empowering women entrepreneurs across the globe. The TiE Women initiative is open to registered businesses founded or led by women across the MENA region. Participants can submit their nomination on the global application online, between 1 June and 1 August 2020. To be accepted, participating start-ups can apply for the early stage or late stage category and need to be established for seven years or less.

Twenty businesses will be shortlisted to participate in live online pitch. Winners will be selected by a panel of independent jury members comprising of successful entrepreneurs, investors, corporate honchos, and exceptional women leaders. Three shortlisted businesses will also be nominated in September for an accelerator program to be run locally for three months, where each business entity will receive personalized coaching and mentorship from renowned and experienced mentors. The finalist will participate in the final global event in December 2020 with a chance to win valuable prizes and support from mentors and investors.\

Ziad Matar, President of the Dubai Chapter of TiE commented, “There is so much untapped potential in the Arab World and by empowering women to go into business and rewarding aspiring female leaders, we will ensure global economic gains and a competitive knowledge economy in line with UAE’s 2021 Vision.”

The TiE Women initiative challenges women entrepreneurs and start-ups to set their mark in the business ecosystem. Businesses, public and private entities, and other organizations are welcome to be part of this initiative in the MENA region and support the participants in their journey.

The 2020 Pitch Competition offers early and late stage women entrepreneurs across the globe an opportunity to pitch their business idea to their local TiE chapter and avail access to mentors who will guide and train them for a few months. Finalists from each chapter will be invited to attend the Women 2020 finals in Dubai, UAE and will have an opportunity to be part of the Grand Finale Pitch with a chance to win $100,000 worth prize money and other valuable prizes, as well as investor support.