WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS FOR A RESILIENT FUTURE

We drive MENA forward

We’ve just announced the 200 WeMENA Champions! If you applied, check for an email sent February 21 from wemena@younoodle.com for the results. Congratulations to all of our WeMENA Champions, and thank you to all who have applied!

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BEIRUT
BYBLOS
RAMALLAH
AMMAN
CAIRO
ALEXANDRIA
TUNIS
CASABLANCA
WE DRIVE MENA INNOVATION

THE CHALLENGE

WeMENA empowers and equips women entrepreneurs to solve the future’s most difficult problems. Through a business model challenge, WeMENA accelerates innovative solutions that will help eight cities across the Middle East and North Africa build resilience and better adapt to chronic stresses and shocks. Contestants in this challenge will receive business training, guidance from mentors in the Silicon Valley and beyond, and the chance to compete for a share of $150,000 in cash awards.

For this round, WeMENA is looking for entrepreneurs whose ideas build resilience in one or more of the following cities: Beirut, Byblos, Ramallah, Amman, Cairo, Alexandria, Tunis, Casablanca.

Network with mentors from Silicon Valley and around the world

In-Person Workshops & Webinars

Training in business skills, design-thinking, resilience-thinking, networking and pitching

Final Winners receive grants from a pool of $150,000 prize money

WE KEEP MENA STRONG

WHAT IS RESILIENCE?

Resilience is the ability for individuals, communities and systems to survive, adapt and grow in spite of stresses and shocks. From the impacts of climate change, to an influx of refugees, cities across the MENA face a growing number of environmental, social and economic challenges, which each bring change and uncertainty. Building resilience requires a forward-thinking, interdisciplinary and proactive approach to preventing and reducing the effects of inevitable challenges, rather than dealing with the aftermath of these stresses later.

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WE BUILD MENA RESILIENCE

CHALLENGE CATEGORIES

As the region continues its fast-paced urbanization, city residents will become increasingly more exposed to the adverse effects of climate change, and subject to social, economic, and financial stresses and shocks. In order to build more resilient cities capable of withstanding such hazards, we are looking for women entrepreneurs who are innovating in the following categories:

Ventures in this area will address inefficiencies in agriculture, and will improve food systems to provide better food security for all

AGRICULTURE & FOOD SECURITY

Ventures in this area will improve reliable access to electricity, will introduce sustainable energy resources, and will help preserve and restore the environment

SUSTAINABLE ENERGY & THE ENVIRONMENT

Ventures in this area will improve access to water and to sanitation for all

WATER & SANITATION

Ventures in this area help create more resilient urban spaces through better connectivity, housing quality, and improves the resilience component of new and existing infrastructure

URBAN DEVELOPMENT (TRANSPORTATION, INFRASTRUCTURE, HOUSING)

Ventures in this area improve government transparency and civic engagement

GOVERNANCE AND CIVIC ENGAGEMENT

Ventures in this area improve their communities’ health systems and make them more resilient

HEALTHCARE & DISEASE PREVENTION

Ventures in this area use cutting-edge technology to build more robust services to customers, improve financial inclusion in their communities, and help the government better deliver services to those in need by leveraging data

TECHNOLOGY, FINTECH & SMART CITIES

Ventures in this area reduce the bottlenecks in the job market, and improve social cohesion and outcomes

ECONOMICS & SOCIETY

Ventures in this area help communities better prepare themselves in the face of natural disasters, flooding, and extreme weather, among others

DISASTER RISK REDUCTION
WE CONNECT MENA ENTREPRENEURS

THE AWARDS

WeMENA 200
Join a closed network with access to mentors and training to grow your business
$150,000
Top 3 winners get share of $150,000 USD cash prizes
FUNDING
Additional funding opportunities with angel and early-stage investors in the region may also arise
WE DRIVE MENA BUSINESS

THE SCHEDULE

Starting Dec 6th, WeMENA will welcome submissions from around the world!

  • Dec 6 - Jan 17

    Applications Open

    Submit your application through the YouNoodle platform.

  • Jan 17

    Submissions Close

    Submissions close and judging period starts.

  • Feb 20

    Top 200 Winners Announced

    200 women entrepreneurs will be notified to join WeMENA200, a network for training and mentorship.

  • Feb 20 - Mar 20

    Mentorship & Training for 200 Winners

    WeMENA200 will develop their project ideas with guidance and resources from mentors.

  • Mar 20

    Announce Final 30 Winners

    30 finalists will be selected to pitch at the Grand Finale event.

  • Apr 15

    Top Finalists Pitch at Grand Finale Event

    Top 3 winners will be selected to win a share of $150,000 prize money.

LET'S GET STARTED

APPLICATIONS FOR WeMENA ARE NOW CLOSED

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WE ARE MENA WOMEN

PAST WINNERS

In January 2015, IE Business School and World Bank launched Phase 1 of the Women for Resilience Initiative. We accelerated 60 women-led startups in three different cities (Cairo, Beirut and Djibouti) and trained nine semi-finalists in business skills. In September 2015, we selected three finalists and awarded them $55,000 in grants. Here are their stories: