Bossladies Breakfast

Are you a founder? Are you a female? Well then, you are a bosslady! Join us for a breakfast of champions. As a part of our new focus on female entrepreneurs, WOMENA will be hosting an exclusive breakfast for female founders of tech startups, and you are invited to apply. Meet and mingle with other […]

Recap: Fierce Founders in a Man’s World

On August 23rd, Blooming Founder’s Lu Li joined WOMENA founder Elissa Freiha, in a frank conversation about gender discrimination and sexual harassment in the tech world, and how female founders can keep safe and strong. The impetus for the conversation was the recent rash of stories and lawsuits coming from female founders in Silicon Valley, which […]

MENA founders and investors business advice

World Entrepreneurs’ Day: MENA Founders and Investors Share Their Top Business Advice

If it takes a village to raise a child, then it will take the entire Middle East tech ecosystem to raise a successful startup. And as a young and emerging startup ecosystem, there will be crucial growing pains for first-time entrepreneurs and high risks for tech investors in the MENA region. Yet with great risk […]

Womena - Breaking that Catch 22

Catch 22: How The Booming VC Culture is Holding Back MENA Innovation

It is a highly-recommended investment strategy internationally, for the benefit of both the investor and the entrepreneur, to invest in companies you understand. But in the MENA region, this has resulted in a cycle of not taking bets on (very rare) locally bred innovation yet lamenting their absence. This begs the question of: how can […]

Womena Webinar Lu Li Elissa Freiha

Webinar: Fierce Founders in a Man’s World

The last few months have been rocky for female founders and investors in Silicon Valley, with a number of harassment allegations being levied against prominent VC partners. The Elephant in the Valley project conducted a survey of over 200 Silicon-Valley based female founders and engineers and discovered that up to 90% had witnessed sexist behavior at […]


Gearing up for GITEX!

Since it’s early beginnings in 1981, GITEX has been MENA’s leading technology and innovation conference. In a nod to the powerful role that startups play in creating innovation, last year GITEX launched the GITEX Startup movement, which gathered hundreds of startups from around the world. As one of the movement’s first partners, WOMENA hosted panels […]