Entries by Dulce Lada

WOMENA Giveaway: STEP Conference 2017 Tickets

As many of you know, this March we started the #WomenOfMENA campaign in time for International Women’s Day, by asking for the women of MENA to show us who they are, what they are proud of, and what they have accomplished, using the hashtag #WomenOfMENA. As we are approaching the last week of our campaign, we’ve teamed up […]

WOMENA Angel Group Invests in Blockchain Rewards Platform Loyyal

Just over three months after WOMENA invested in Bayzat and Souqalmal, the Dubai-based angel group kicked off 2017 by investing in the latest funding round of Loyyal, a blockchain-based loyalty and rewards platform. Loyyal leverages blockchain and smart contract technology to provide a network for incentivising commercial and non-commercial transactions. Their first application of the […]

How A Startup in Dubai Can Succeed

When you think of Silicon Valley what do you think of? Maybe you think of Elon Musk going to space or Peter Thiel searching for immortality. Maybe you think of scrappy entrepreneurs using breakthrough technologies to change the world. In Silicon Valley, entrepreneurs benefit from networks that provide insider information, venture capital, human capital, mentorship, […]

MENA Tech Investors You Should Follow on Twitter

Startups in the MENA region received over $870M investments last year. That is a good indicator that there is a growing interest in the startup ecosystem and investors are getting comfortable investing in technology and not just in the traditional asset class such as real estate. At WOMENA, we’ve reviewed over 900 pitch decks and funded six startups […]

WOMENA Angel Group Announces Two New Investments in the MENA Region

WOMENA, a Middle East based angel group has recently completed two more investments in companies Bayzat and Souqalmal, bringing the total amount invested since launch to $462,000. With these two deals, WOMENA has increased the value of investments made in 2016 by 400% compared to 2015’s investments. Bayzat is a cloud-based platform that targets the […]

Successful Emerging Markets Startups Solve Emerging Markets Problems

Successful venture capital in fragmented, emerging markets differs from the developed world. Since WOMENA’s launch a year and a half ago I have seen over eight hundred pitch decks, listened to over a hundred live pitches, conducted due diligence on about thirty startups, and finally overseen investment in four startups. My investment thesis has changed […]

We’ve been nominated at the Gulf Business Awards 2016

[CLICK HERE TO VOTE] Each year, the prestigious Gulf Business Awards celebrates regional titans of industry, government officials, small and medium sized enterprises as well as entrepreneurs. This year, we’re excited to announce that WOMENA co-founders, Elissa Freiha and Chantalle Dumonceaux have been shortlisted as one of 10 nominees for Entrepreneur of the Year at […]