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Business & Money | Sunday 12 May, 2024 9:12 am |

SBWC, AUS launch data-driven round table series empowering women entrepreneurs

Sharjah Business Women Council (SBWC), in collaboration with the American University of Sharjah (AUS), has launched a round table discussion series, designed to enhance entrepreneurial sectors within the UAE, particularly for women.


The sessions, placing a strong focus on educational aspects to empower female entrepreneurs, aim to gather data, foster knowledge exchange, and find solutions based on recommendations by a diverse stakeholder group, thus driving positive change within the nation’s business ecosystem.


The series of round-table discussions, scheduled to be conducted over the next one to two years, will cover various aspects of entrepreneurship and start-ups while addressing challenges faced by business owners in the region. By bringing together leading industry experts, academic partners, government representatives, and stakeholders, these discussions will dissect topics crucial to the development of the entrepreneurial ecosystem.


Mariam bin Al Shaikh, Director of the SBWC, emphasised the importance of education and the potential of this initiative, stating, “The round table series represents another step forward in supporting and advancing business women within UAE’s sectors of enterprise. By facilitating discussions, gathering insights, and collaborating with key stakeholders, we aim to identify challenges and implement solutions that will empower both established and emerging entrepreneurs, particularly women.”


“The collaboration between the SBWC and AUS reiterates our passion to drive positive change and support entrepreneurship through the power of knowledge exchange. We firmly believe that education is the cornerstone of empowering the female business community and we make sure to implement an educational aspect into everything we do. There is always room to grow, and we can learn a great deal from each other. I am proud to have so many thought leaders participating in these discussions,” she added.


Scheduled for 9th May 2024, the inaugural round table session, titled “The Female Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in the UAE,” took a comprehensive look at the current business landscape for female business owners in Sharjah and other emirates of the UAE. This topic was selected following a collaborative survey by SBWC and AUS to evaluate the entrepreneurial ecosystem and pinpoint areas for enhancement and possible improvement.


This esteemed group of experts and a distinguished panel of speakers from various backgrounds, including government, business, academia, and investment, lent their insights and expertise to the discussion, ensuring a well-rounded and informed dialogue on the entrepreneurial ecosystem in the UAE.


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