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Promoting the Spirit of Enterprise and Women Entrepreneurs

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Saudi Arabia-based King Khalid Foundation and TRACCS signed a strategic partnership agreement to launch the Jeddah Entrepreneurship Meet and Competition. The competition opens doors for all budding entrepreneurs to present their ideas or existing business modules to be eligible for its mentorship and funding program.

The Jeddah Entrepreneurs Meet and Competition is an entrepreneurial development and sustainability promoting platform open for women across the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to present innovative business ideas or existing businesses within three categories: social entrepreneurship, manufacturing and production and educational and lifestyle development.

Apply online here.  Learn more here.

Hello Government: Ease Red Tape for Women Entrepreneurs in Saudi Arabia


According to Aisha Natu, who writes a weekly column in a local Saudi Arabia paper, current regulations and bureaucracy is hampering the development of businesses run by women in Saudi Arabia.  She says, “Women don’t only want to be seen, they want to actively participate and translate their aspirations into reality.”

About Aisha Natu:

She became the head of the board of directors for Eye to Eye Optics, a company that was started in 1990, and became one of the 27 fastest growing firms in Saudi Arabia. The company then split into three, which included optometry, training, and advertising and media.  She now runs the three companies, which has 100 employees.

Read the entire article:  Women investors seek support to fight red tape

Photo Credit: Mink

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

New U.S.-Saudi Women’s Forum on Social Entrepreneurship


Coming soon … leaders from four institutions will present the second of three modules to 30 undergraduate women from Saudi Arabia.

The Center for Women’s Leadership at Babson and The Wellesley Centers for Women at Wellesley College have partnered with two renowned global organizations — Dar Al Hekma College, Saudi Arabia, and ICF International — to deliver The U.S.-Saudi Women’s Forum on Social Entrepreneurship July 13-24, 2009 at Babson College.

Leaders from all four institutions will present the second of three modules to 30 undergraduate women from Saudi Arabia. Module I launched earlier this year in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Faculty from the partnering institutions will work with students to refine the skills they need to create real plans for entrepreneurial ventures, including how to navigate the challenges of designing and delivering social entrepreneurship programs, enhancing leadership skills, and cultivating the creative processes necessary for success.

In addition, several successful female entrepreneurs with ventures in corporate social responsibility, traditional not-for-profits, and social entrepreneurship, will share their experiences during the program’s speaker series component. Module III will be held at Dar Al Hekma College, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia in December 2009/January 2010.

Read more here.

Additional resources:

U.S.-Saudi Women’s Forum on Social Entrepreneurship

U.S.-Saudi Women’s Forum on Social Entrepreneurship Blog

Babson College blog post 7/28/09

Posted by: Laurel Delaney

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