Internet and Mobile Trends in the Middle East  

It’s no secret that Internet penetration has increased dramatically in the Middle East in recent years. More and more people are coming online and it helps explain the growth of tech entrepreneurship in the region. But what are the trends and patterns in Internet and mobile usage in the region? What do they mean now […]

Updated Investment Process  

We’re always refining our processes to best serve our members, partners and entrepreneurs and that extends to our investment process. We’ve previously discussed that on our blog here but check out our updated investment process below. Application Cycle WOMENA has one pitch meeting every other month. Applications to pitch are open and ongoing. Process Initial […]

The Multiplier Effect from Maktoob’s Acquisition  

Maktoob was the Middle East’s first big entrepreneur success story. After Samih Toukan and Hussam Khoury grinded away to make the company a success (read Christopher Schroeder’s excellent book – Startup Rising: The Entrepreneurial Revolution Remaking the Middle East – for a full story), they sold the company to Yahoo! for $170 million in 2009. […]

WOMENA’s Speakers  

With the changes to our pitch meetings, we thought we’d reflect on the fantastic speakers we’ve had and the knowledge they’ve imparted on our assembled guests. December 2014 Kamal Hassan, Founder and Chief Excitement Officer of Turn8, gave a talk on “Key Ingredients That Make An Angel” at our very first Pitch Meeting. February 2015 […]

Angel Series Workshops on February 20th and April 23rd  

Join WOMENA for our two workshops in the Spring for both aspiring angel investors and entrepreneurs looking to raise funds. Participants can benefit from attending either workshop, but we recommend attending both to maximize value. Participants will leave the workshop with sufficient knowledge of angel investment to start on their fundraising or investing journey. The […]

Diversity (or a lack thereof) at Startups  

Startups are doing some incredible things around the world. It’s a cliche but they have truly revolutionised our lives in every way. Unfortunately, this revolution does not extend to startups’ diversity. It is well known that women and minorities are seriously underrepresented as founders and venture capital partners. We have actually gone backwards in female […]