‘She Leads’ returns with 2nd phase to boost women-led startups

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Desk Reporter
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UAE-based business setup advisory firm Creative Zone and the Dubai Business Women Council (DBWC) have launched She Leads 2.0, the second step of their integrated accelerator program, following the success of its initial phase, She Leads.

In the first phase of the accelerator, 100 women participated in the 12-week online learning program that helped them find answers to the many obstacles women face when starting and rising companies.

According to the statement, the online workshops taught women how to get funding for their businesses, understand their legal rights, find clients, and connect with relatable role models and mentors.

She Leads 2.0 will now take the next step by offering ten women-led startups a week-long incubator program filled with coaching and training sessions to help them launch their businesses successfully.

Out of the ten best firms, the two best companies will be accelerated by receiving a free trade license by Creative Zone and a complete package of solutions such as Tax and Accounting support, Banking, Media and Marketing, access to funding, introductions to partners, Microsoft and Zoho products, mentorship for a year by industry leaders and successful entrepreneurs, amongst many other incentives.

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“She Leads supports women entrepreneurs on so many different levels. The program lays out lots of tools that an entrepreneur might not realize, from ways to incorporate to processes of creating a company. The two chosen businesses will have the advantage of getting critical objective feedback from industry leaders and expert support in the early stages of building a company.”

“This is a passion-driven project for us. We launched She Leads with the idea of empowering women not just to launch businesses but to become strong founders of something that adds value to all of us,” commented Lorenzo Jooris, CEO at Creative Zone.

She Leads 2.0 is accessible to women entrepreneurs in various stages of their businesses, including pre-launch, early-stage, and existing businesses. Candidates must have a strong product or service, a solid business plan, and a clear vision for the future, as per the report.

Creative Zone has previously backed several successful startups, and the Dubai Chambers of Commerce’s DBWC provides women with a platform and mentorship to help them excel in their projects.

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