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A Women Entrepreneurs Breakfast Roundtable” seminar hosted at the Latham & Watkins office in Dubai, examined challenges and opportunities for women entrepreneurs in the Arab World

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women entrepreneurs in the arab world

  1. 1. challenges & opportunities March 5 2012 rama chakaki rama@baraka.ae women entrepreneurs in the arab worldMonday, March 5, 12
  2. 2. A global challenge .. a MENA reality!Monday, March 5, 12
  3. 3. rama@barakaMonday, March 5, 12
  4. 4. Fundraising • USA - Keybridge - $60 M - 3 wks (VC) • MENA Fundraising - zeedna - $500k - 3 yrs (F&F) SOFTWARE: Social Media PlatformMonday, March 5, 12
  5. 5. other PRIVATE EQUITY • venture capital • seed • angel networks • grant organizations • lending banks Investment LandscapeMonday, March 5, 12
  6. 6. Challenges • entrepreneurs • Humility & poor self-promotion • family & society • seek stability • family first • build cupcake businesses • investor profile • risk averse • accustomed to brick and mortar model • lacking industry knowledge • underdeveloped eco system • insufficient seed & angel investment networks • Majles recommendations • global pressure to invest in developed markets • Media & Multinationals • Solving the wrong problemsMonday, March 5, 12
  7. 7. CONSUMER INTERNET: eCommerce & Augmented RealityMonday, March 5, 12
  8. 8. SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT - GamingMonday, March 5, 12
  9. 9. SOCIAL ENTERPRISE: Mobile & RETAIL & eCommerceMonday, March 5, 12
  10. 10. SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT - Science & EducationMonday, March 5, 12
  11. 11. Opportunities • An eco system - Women centric everything • angel networks & vc firms • consumer internet & mobile • increased collaboration between academic & private sectors • services • web design, custom software development, • e-education, digital agencies, • social venturesMonday, March 5, 12
  12. 12. what we must do.. • enable the powerful with knowledge & tech • tell stories & celebrate success & failure • identify role-models • Network • push into the mediaMonday, March 5, 12
  13. 13. BUKSHA SOCIAL ENTERPRISE: Volunteer TourismMonday, March 5, 12
  14. 14. connect.communicate.collaborate about.me/rchakaki @rchakaki rama.chakaki.comMonday, March 5, 12

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