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The Program

The HerMeNow Accelerator is run in collaboration with a dynamic team of experts specialized in social entrepreneurship in MENA with more than 14 years of experience in the field:

The participants are social enterprises created by women entrepreneurs who have already developed traction with their business and are ready to scale up.

What does the program look like?

Enterprises will get access to an empowering program that will include monetary prizes, mentoring, access to opportunities and more.

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Open House

- Online discussions

"Info sessions"

- Selection Process

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- High intensity workshops

- 1 on 1 follow-up

- Sprint demo day

- Selection process

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- Weekly workshops

- Regular milestone check-ins

- Mentorship coordination

- Demo day

The Program

The Benefits

Here's the benefits for the enterprises participating in the program




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Access to world-class training and support for enterprise/organizational development from our Trainers and Enterprise Support Fellows

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USD $2,000 grant funding

Connections with Mentors/Experts worldwide to assist with key project needs.




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Lifetime access to HerMeNow accelerator resources and network including mentors, investors, alumni and staff.

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Personal and professional 5 day retreat in Dubai in February 2023 where profile speakers and advisors will be present

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Links to key regional and global partners for possible downstream support.

Selection Criteria

Enterprises will be assessed along these different criteria, though not all are required for the program


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Impact & Inclusion

What difference the enterprise will make, how many jobs will be created, what sort of marginalized communities are being impacted


What skills, knowledge and resources need to be developed to deliver the idea

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Whether the idea can be realistically delivered by the end of the program, and under budget


Whether the idea has the potential to become financially sustainable and last beyond the duration of the funding we provide

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Stage of Enterprise & Product

Whether the enterprise is already generating revenue, as well as the stage of development of the specific product or branch that this program will support.

Innovation & Growth Potential

Whether the idea is new and different, and where or how it can potentially grow.

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The enterprise is eligible if it meets the following criteria:






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The enterprise is designed to be sustainable and economically viable

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The enterprise generates a positive social impact

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Tracking of social and financial impact

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The enterprise has the potential to be self sustaining once the program has ended

Alignment with SDGs





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Connecting financial performance to social impact

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No restrictions on sociographic or other parameters regarding


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At least 2 team members working full time in the enterprise

Female-led enterprises and enterprises with higher diversity are particularly encouraged to apply

We are unable to support the following


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Enterprises of only

one individual 


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Enterprises that are engaged with other entrepreneurship/innovation programs/accelerators

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impact focus - the 2022 edition


We believe that radical change hinges on these three supreme pillars as the conditions and means by which solutions to other critical SDG* challenges may be unlocked.

We’re particularly interested in unlocking change that addresses


SDG1 "end poverty in all its form everywhere" mostly through job creation

SDG 5 "achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls"

SDG 10 "reducing inequality within and amongst countries"

*The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as the Global Goals, were adopted by the United Nations in 2015 as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that by 2030 all people enjoy peace and prosperity.


The 2022 HerMeNow Accelerator Cycle.

2023 Cycle Timeline

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