SBWC supports women-led startups at GITEX Future Stars

Sharjah Business Women Council looking for startups to participate in GITEX challenge

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SBWC supports women-led startups at GITEX Future Stars SBWC's member, Sharene Lee from Melltoo, was one of the winners of last year's GITEX Future Stars.
By  Mark Sutton Published  September 17, 2018

The Sharjah Business Women Council (SBWC) will be sponsoring ten female-led startups to participate in GITEX Future Stars.

SBWC supports women to reach their full potential in business through mentoring, workshops, business advice and facilitating financing.

GITEX Future Stars will run between October 14-18, 2018 at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), as part of GITEX Technology Week.

For GITEX Future Stars, SBWC will sponsor ten start-up pods to enable a hand-picked group of female entrepreneurs with tech-focused startups, to promote their businesses. The participants will be competing in the third largest pitch fund, GITEX Supernova Challenge, where the total assigned prized is $180,000 across 9 categories.

SBWC, one of NAMA Women Advancement Establishment's three entities, will be participating in GITEX Future Stars, one of the fastest growing startup event in MENA & South Asia, for the third year in a row,

Last year, SBWC's member, Sharene Lee from Melltoo, who was awarded one of the pods, won $15,000 for the "Best Female Led Start-up" at the event.

Sheikha Hind Majid Al Qassimi, Acting Chairperson of SBWC says: "SBWC strives to empower businesswomen and entrepreneurs to realise their business ambitions and goals, and this event is one of the many ways in which SBWC achieves this. Women are encouraged to seize this opportunity and apply to be one of the start-ups that will be sponsored by SBWC."

"The opportunities are endless for the women who will participate, as they  will have the chance to engage with talented peers and get the opportunity to showcase their ideas to an audience of potential buyers and investors from across the globe, as well as participate in the various pitch competitions and gain exposure." she added.

The ten startups that will participate under the SBWC banner will be selected from new entrants and existing SBWC members, although all selected startups will be made members of SBWC. The startups will all be founded or co-founded by a woman, with original and innovative business ideas that fall under one of the following categories: Software (SaaS, UX/UI & Bots), Internet of things (IOT), Fintech, E-commerce, Lifestyle, Consumer Tech and creative Economy (food, Music, Sport and Film), Ed Tech (education), Smart Cities, Digital Media (Marketing), Robotics, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Hardware, Health tech (healthcare), Transport and Logistics, Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, Gaming, Cyber Security, Tourism and Hospitality.

Applications for one of the ten pods are open until 23rd September, for any startup meeting the above criteria. Applicants do not have to be existing members of SBWC, but will be given honorary membership if they are successful.

SBWC's team will evaluate the application and choose the best applicants for the ten pods. For more information and details contact SBWC at

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