Academy for Women Entrepreneurs

The Academy for Women Entrepreneurs in the UAE, in partnership with the United States Mission to the UAE, is a five-month program designed to enable women-owned SMEs to focus on business resilience, adaptability, and identifying growth opportunities.

What is AWE?

The Academy of Women Entrepreneurs in the United Arab Emirates (AWE UAE) is a five-month program that equips female entrepreneurs from across the UAE to:

  • Explore business growth opportunities
  • Devise a robust action plan
  • Connect with key regional and global stakeholders

AWE UAE is organized by the U.S. Mission to the UAE, in partnership with startAD. Female-owned SMEs looking to stabilize, pivot, and upscale their business for the fast-paced growth of the UAE knowledge-based are encouraged to apply.




In its fourth edition, AWE UAE will focus on business resilience, adaptability, and identifying growth opportunities for women-owned businesses in the UAE. So, be ready for the program with:

  • Sessions and workshops with global experts to help grow your business
  • 1:1 coaching where you are matched with industry and domain experts as mentors
  • 1 Showcase day to present your business to the UAE innovation ecosystem through a specially curated event


  • Access experts who can answer your questions and help you gain insight to make informed decisions
  • Develop an actionable strategy to meet market needs
  • Conduct customer discovery across a range of sectors
  • Access new markets through potential partners, new customer channels, and potential investors
  • Pivot, transform, and strengthen your business through guided learning and execution
  • Be a part of the startAD entrepreneurial community and join our alumni program with exclusive offerings

Gain the skills and tools to reimagine and revitalize your business for the current market
Get coached by experienced business strategists, innovation experts, and mentors to reset your path to profitability

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