She's Next 2023 UAE Finalists
She’s Next, empowered by Visa, is a global advocacy program that aims to support women owned small businesses through funding, training and mentorship, to take their businesses to new heights
Partners and Sponsors
First Abu Dhabi Bank
“As a bank that is value driven, strategically driven, and forward driven, FAB recognises the essential role that SME’s and women will play in shaping the future for sustainable growth. Through our partnership with Visa, the She’s Next initiative is unlocking the potential of female entrepreneurs, and is already supporting capable, ambitious women in achieving their goals. We are very proud to continue our support for She’s Next, empowering talented women to take their businesses to the next level and creating new opportunities across our community.” – Sara Al Binali, Group Head of Corporate and Commercial Banking and Acting Group Head of International Banking at FAB
Amazon Web Services
Identifying the best information and resources to be sure you will get the business outcomes you need is challenging. For many successful small and medium-sized businesses, joining a community of like-minded business owners is an impactful way to get tailored information to facilitate the cloud decision journey. Amazon Web Services (AWS) is dedicated to advancing women owned businesses and helping them navigate their technology needs. That is why they are partnering with Visa and supporting their She’s Next initiative - to bring access to the tools and information that women need to feel empowered and to grow their business securely through the cloud. AWS and Visa have joined efforts to provide access to free membership to the AWS Connected Community where you can engage with on-demand content and trainings - from cloud and digital advertising to online seller resources - participate in events and workshops, listen to customer case studies, schedule free 1:1 consultations, and redeem discounts on software, Amazon Payment Services and AWS free credits. As a Community, we can help you overcome the common barriers of technology adoption and unlock the power of the cloud together.
The International Trade Centre (ITC) launched the ITC SheTrades Initiative to remove barriers to women's participation in trade by working with governments, the private sector, and entrepreneurs to build the business capacities of women and to create a fairer, more sustainable global economy.
We provide women entrepreneurs and producers with access to key knowledge, resources, and networks, support policymakers on inclusive policy reforms, and leverage public and private partnerships to amplify the impact of our work.
Visa’s She’s Next Grant Program 2022 Alumni
Founder of ImInclusive
Hafsa Qadeer is a social entrepreneur who founded ImInclusive, a 360 disability-inclusive employment solution in the UAE. Her brother's disability inspired her to create the job search platform in effort to reduce inequalities and bridge gaps between employers and people with disabilities. Since its launch as a community initiative, ImInclusive has provided employment opportunities to people with disabilities in healthcare, hospitality, retail, and more. No other social enterprise with the same model exists across MENA and the majority of its team members (4 out of 7) identify as people with disabilities. Qadeer is also a World Economic Forum Global Shaper and a Vital Voices by Visa Global Fellow. Her efforts in disability inclusion have also earned ImInclusive recognition from the C3 Companies Creating Change Program.
Practical Business Skills
The Practical Business Skills program by Visa offers free educational resources and interactive tools to help business owners start, manage and grow their small businesses. The program is focused on helping forward-thinking entrepreneurs thrive via a variety of resources available in both English and Arabic.