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Tech the Next Step

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Tech the Next Step

Transformative initiative drives sustainable growth and empowers women entrepreneurs in the UAE's technology sector

In partnership with C3 – Companies Creating Change, this year will be our sixth cohort of the Women in Tech accelerator. This initiative is designed to drive sustainable growth and empower women entrepreneurs in the UAE’s technology sector, fostering innovation, diversity, and economic development.

Standard Chartered’s Women in Tech accelerator program offers women entrepreneurs a unique platform to unleash their potential, overcome barriers, and accelerate their business ventures. As part of a global Women in Tech initiative, the program operates successfully in multiple countries, creating a powerful global network of empowered women in the tech space. In collaboration with C3, the program provides unparalleled support, mentorship, and the chance to win up to USD 150,000 equity-free prize money to propel the success of 10 women-led start-ups.

What’s in it for you?

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  • Up to USD 150,000 equity-free prize money from Standard Chartered Bank
  • Exposure to Standard Chartered Bank’s and C3’s diverse global network
  • Personalised workshops that will help you scale your business
  • Gain invaluable support in critical areas such as business, strategy, impact, governance, and talent

What are the selection criteria?

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  • Have a gender-diverse team with at least one female co-founder
  • Have an early-stage startup operational for one year with at least a Minimum Viable Product (Seed-stage and pre-series A startups)
  • Demonstrate that the solution is innovative and scalable
  • Demonstrate the technology’s sustainable impact (environmental, social or economic)
  • Be registered and operating in the UAE Be available for the duration of programme activities and events (taking place both in-person and online)

Apply now