Women Innovators Programme

Women Innovators Programme in the Arab Region — 3rd edition

About the Programme

4YFN continues its partnership with the UNDP (United Nations Development Programme), championing female tech entrepreneurs across the Arab region who are leveraging technology to advance the Sustainable Development Goals. This year, we’re proud to support 30 innovators from 13 countries. These innovators received invaluable mentoring from a network of 40 international mentors within the 4YFN community. Together, we’re fostering innovation, empowerment, and impact for a brighter future.

Women Innovators Programme Demo Day

After 3 months of mentorship the big moment is here! Join us on September 21, 2023, to discover great digital startups led by women innovators in the Arab region.

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Women Innovators Programme
Demo Day agenda
21st September, 2023

14:00 CEST– Plenary session

  • Moderator: Kawtar Zerouali – Regional Innovation Advisor, UNDP​

Welcome remarks

  • Jennifer Colville, Regional Team Lead, UNDP
  • Lara Dewar - Chief Marketing Officer, GSMA

Panel: Empowering innovators for better future

  • Moderator: Noaa Barak – 4YFN ​
  • Abeer Albashiti, Founder Larimar Tech – Mentee WIP2
  • Jens Heitland, CEO, Succeed – Mentor WIP3

14:30 CEST– Pitching sessions & Investor Q&A

  • You are welcome to join one of five thematic breakout rooms

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Investors Panel

Meet the investor panel that will be leading the Q&A of the Demo day

  • Amal Dokhan icon

    Amal Dokhan

    Managing Partner
    500 Global
  • Leire Corral  icon

    Leire Corral 

    Adevinta Ventures 
  • Paloma Cabello icon

    Paloma Cabello

    Partner Calligram, Business Angel, Former Global Advisory Board
    MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Enterprise Forum
  • Marcel Dridje icon

    Marcel Dridje

    EBAN Board Memmber, President Emeritus​
    Sophia Business Angels ​
  • Miguel Martin icon

    Miguel Martin

    President's WBAF World Business Angels Forum SDGs Innovation & Spain's Partner EWC Entrepreneurship World Cup
  • Ana Guasch  icon

    Ana Guasch 

    Innovation Technology Advisor, and specialist in Corporate Entrepreneurship
  • Meron Mekonnen icon

    Meron Mekonnen

    Investment Associate
    Lumo Labs
  • Deborah Li icon

    Deborah Li

    Mundi Ventures 
  • Lola Rebollo icon

    Lola Rebollo

    Director Public Sector and Cybersecurity
  • Anindya Saha  icon

    Anindya Saha 

    Founding Partner
    Nero Ventures
  • Blanca Drake icon

    Blanca Drake

    Head of Innovation Marketing
  • Lucila Garcia icon

    Lucila Garcia

  • Marc Guash icon

    Marc Guash

    Investment associate
    Zubi Capital

Introducing the innovators

From founders to CEOs and board members, experts in blockchain, plus pioneers in GreenTech and machine learning – all these tech innovators have one thing in common: a need for expert insights and mentorship to take their business to the next level.

Meet the Innovators

Meet the mentors

The Women Innovators Programme was designed to give female innovators tailored support to supercharge their startups – connecting them with the right experts, entrepreneurs and investors from across the 4YFN startup ecosystem.

International mentors from Japan to Spain, and the UK to the US, contribute with priceless time and input.

Meet the Mentors