WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS FOR A RESILIENT FUTURE

We drive MENA forward

We’ve just concluded the WeMENA 2017 Program! Congrats to our four top winners- UpFuse, NaTakallam, Jaleesa and Alternative Solutions! Scroll down to read more about our winners and finalists.

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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  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.

  • April 1st

    Announce Finalists

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

  • April 29th - 30th

    Top Finalists Pitch at Grand Finale Event

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

WE KEEP MENA STRONG

WeMENA Grand Finale

On April 29th & 30th, we gathered in Casablanca, Morocco for the WeMENA Grand Finale. Thirty-three WeMENA Finalists from eight cities- Alexandria, Amman, Byblos, Beirut, Cairo, Casablanca, Tunis and Ramallah- came together to pitch for a share of USD $150,000. They were joined by WeMENA Champions, investors, experts and entrepreneurs from across the region.

WEMENA GRAND FINALE

WeMENA 2017 Winners

Meet our four WeMENA 2017 winners, whose innovative projects are building resilience throughout Egypt, Morocco, Lebanon and beyond.

1st Place: USD $50,000
Up Fuse
Yara Yassin & Rania Rafie

2nd Place: USD $40,000
Jaleesa
Angela Solomon 

2nd Prize USD $40,000 Natakallam
Aline Sara

3rd Prize USD $20,000 Alternative Solutions
Selma Ben’akcha & Meriem Nadi

Our Top 10 Finalists

Congrats to our six other top finalists, who were selected to pitch on Day 2 of the WeMENA Grand Finale. They are each awarded a trip to the United States to continue their leadership and training.

Helping youth seize opportunities.

Amira Alaa
Cofounder: Amina Emad

LEADERSHIP FACTORY

Capital-free Solar Energy Electrification program for Rural-Communities.

Rosemary Romanos


SUNRAY ENERGY

An integrated digital healthcare platform making information accessible.

Nada Hamada


EL DACTARA

Light up your skills with memorable CVideos.

 Camelia Drissi


SKILLSMOTION

Procuring Smarter, Not Harder.

Hedayah Sellah


E-COM CONNECT

Hire & freelance your way-out.

Yasmeen Elbakry
Cofounder: Souad Abu Hussein

PARTIMER

WeMENA Finalists

Learn more about all of our WeMENA Finalists, who were chosen from a selective cohort of 200 women to pitch their projects at the Grand Finale. Each entrepreneur brings distinct and promising solutions that builds resilience in their cities.

E-shop gathering contemporary designers from MENA region.

Hasnaa Guessous


MY SOUK IN THE CITY

Remote Automation Monitoring System for Intelligent agriculture.

Sinda Soussia


I.T.GRAPES

Connecting households with handymen and women.

Natalia Maani


FIXERJI

Crowdfunding for social Impact Initiatives through Art.

Narmeen Naser


THE AJALA PROJECT

Energizing  your waste.

Sara Bouchikhi


WASTENERGY

A Banking Service For Everyone.

Dina El-Shaer


PAYNAS

First Arabic mobile application for Diabetic patients.

Sara Adel


MAZBOOT

Open your eyes, see your city differently.

Christelle Khalil


I ON THE CITY

Personalized career readiness platform for university students.

Heba Abdelfattah


CAMPUS

Consume less, consume better!

Soukaina Settala


MS LEAN

Livable cities' hub connecting youth and heritage.

Farah Makki


URBEGO BEIRUT

SME's Digital Platform for managing eco-friendly initiatives.

Lamyae Bennani


GREEN PRO

Creating ecofriendly and socially responsible textile from PET Bottles.

Aya Hoteit


CIVVIES

Light up your skills with memorable CVideos.

Camelia Drissi


SKILLSMOTION

An integrated digital healthcare platform making information accessible.

Nada Hamada


EL DACATRA

Digital Health Home for Refugee Families.

Heather Holmes


TAPGENES

Empowering young girls with leadership and entrepreneurship skills.

Tara Dawood


EDUCATE A GIRL

Hire & freelance your way-out.

Yasmeen Elbakry


PARTIMER

Connecting language learners and refugees worldwide.

 Aline Sara 


NATAKALLAM

Procuring Smarter, Not Harder.

Hedayah Shelleh


E-COM CONNECT

Recyling palm waste to combat deforrestation.

Selma Benakcha


ALTERNATIVE SOLUTIONS

Transforming industry leftovers into furnishing solutions.

Yomna Seoudi


CAN

Jaleesa is creating 100,000 babysitting jobs.

Angela M. Solomon


JALEESA

See a doctor anywhere, anytime, for free.

Jumana Salama


DOCTOR7ALAN

Accessible mental health therapy for underserved communities.

Mariam Hassan


 SEE & SEA

Smart insole for diabetes patients.

Kaouther Oueslati


PROTECT ME

CheckMe minimizes the waiting time and tightens doctor-patient relationship.

Mariem Khemir


LIBERREX MINIMIZES

Up-fuse designs and produces environmentally and socially responsible fashion bags.

Yara Yassin


UP-FUSE

We enable sustainable cities through civic tech.

Walaa Dewidar


GIRAN

The region's trusted source of expert advice for moms.

Rania Badr El Din


MOTHER & CHILD

Helping youth seize opportunities.

Amira Alaa


LEADERSHIP FACTORY

Entrepreneurship academy to diversify sectors of production.

Zeina Zgheib


NEOPRENEUR ACADEMY

Capital-free Solar Energy Electrification program for Rural-Communities.

Rosemary Romanos


SUNRAY ENERGY