Building the next generation of UAE women entrepreneurs... The US Embassy is lending a hand.

Dubai: The US Embassy in Abu Dhabi is bringing its Academy of Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) programme to the UAE through a partnership with startAD and Zayed University’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centre.

AWE UAE aims to work with women entrepreneurs to develop their business resilience and then offer them the opportunity to grow. It is designed to be fully virtual and fit the schedules of business owners. Taking place in two phases, with 21 virtual sessions over six months, participants will be trained to recreate value for their companies, build innovation capabilities, create customized business continuity plans to update ventures for the new market conditions, and reset paths to profitability.

In addition, entrepreneurs will receive support from talented interns and benefit from mentorship and connections to fuel their economic potential. The programme will conclude on International Women’s Day 2021, where participants will showcase business concepts to potential partners and investors.

A virtual information session for interested applicants will be held on September 16, while applications are open for female entrepreneurs aged 28 to 55 years and based in the UAE until October 3.