By Amira Salah-Ahmed / Womena
SOURCE: Womena - Womena Selects Final 10 For Womentum’s First Cohort
MAY 28, 2018 – DUBAI: The final results are in and womena has selected the top 10 female-led tech startups from among 174 applicants for the first cycle of our womentum accelerator, kicking off this July.
Since launching in March, we’ve received 174 applications from female founders of 34 nationalities from across the region. Their startups cover a wide range of 15 different industries, from education to healthcare, F&B, environment, art, fashion, and more.
“Through the womentum application process, we were able to discover over 170 tech companies across the Middle East that are founded or co-founded by female entrepreneurs,” says Christina Andreassen, womentum’s program manager.
“This process has made it abundantly clear that the region holds a wealth of talented female leaders and we were proud to see women leading companies in verticals as diverse as edutech to health tech, nanotech and construction tech. This diversity is reflected in our selection of womentum’s final cohort, and we can’t wait to present these startups at our final demo day in October,” she adds.
The winners are (*quotes from founders can be found below):
- X Pay (Egypt) – Working on the cashless transformation of communities through a mobile app for community members with a family wallet utilizing blockchain technology, as well as a community management web portal.
- Seabex (Tunisia) – A precision farming hub that offers smart monitoring of environmental data using AI to help farmers make better decisions.
- Sadeed (Jordan) – An AI-powered tool to manage and respond to public comments on social media platforms, using machine learning to improve performance and to better understand inputs of all languages.
- We Share Property (UAE) – An integrated platform that aggregates upwards of $500 from multiple investors into a property they choose, earning rental income and capital growth with zero hassle.
- Mrayti (Jordan) – A unique mobile salon for the Arab world where customers can book different services of their choosing, with a booking system for stylists and artists integrated with their calendars.
- Mathaqi (Saudi Arabia) – Authentic home-cooked meals from a variety of international cuisines delivered to users on demand.
- Zelij (Morocco) – Working to turn plastic waste into sustainable building materials, such as eco-friendly paving stones and floor tiles made from plastic waste.
- Jaazi (Saudi Arabia/UAE) – An employee engagement tool that looks to combat disengagement in the workplace using a perks and benefits marketplace and a pulse-survey tool.
- Furnwish (Egypt) – Using immersive augmented reality experiences to empower homeowners in discovering, visualizing and interacting with furniture in the space it will live in, making it more practical to shop for furniture and home decor.
- Humanitas (Jordan) – The company’s mobile video app Dandi enables organizations and youth to collaborate on local community issues, using AI to make sense of that data and present it in a localized analytics dashboard useful for organizations and donors.
“This month is all about giving and at womena, we are giving everything we have to help this next generation of female business leaders succeed,” says Elissa Freiha, founder and managing director of womena.