By Tamara Pupic
Ro’Ya 2015 is an initiative of the Dubai Business Women Council (DBWC) and MasterCard
Ro’Ya 2015, an initiative of the Dubai Business Women Council (DBWC) and MasterCard, has reached maximum capacity after one hundred females signed up to participate in the programme.
The initiative, which is now in its second year, aims to nurture the entrepreneurial spirit in women and equip them with the skills and confidence needed to launch their own business.
Commenting on the increase in applicants, Nadin Halabi, business development manager at DBWC, said: “According to the Ministry of Economy, women in the UAE contribute to about half of the small-to-medium enterprise sector in the UAE. Furthermore, 48 percent of women business-owners are the sole owners of their firms.
“With such a high rate of female success, we wanted to create an environment through which we could further foster talent and hence Ro’Ya was born. We are very pleased by the number of applications we received for Ro’Ya this year, and look forward to the continued success of the programme from year to year.”
This year’s programme includes a total of eight workshops and two coaching clinics. The training sessions are being led by leading Dubai-based development consultancy, Grow.ME, the programme’s strategic partner.
In addition to a robust series of workshops, Ro’Ya, which means ‘vision’ in Arabic, also provides financial support to budding female entrepreneurs since it ends with shortlisted candidates presenting their ideas to judges for the top three prizes of $50,000, $30,000 and $20,000.