Women Tech Founders Program For MENA Startups 2022

The Providing Opportunities for Women’s Economic Rise (POWER) Initiative of the United States Department of State has collaborated with Google’s Women Techmakers to present the Women Tech Founders Program.

This virtual program will deliver start-up training from Google’s tech and start-up professionals to women tech entrepreneurs from the Middle East and North Africa and develop a network of future digital changemakers in the area.

Finalists for the program will be chosen through a competitive application process that will run from April 4 through April 30, 2022, with the first program session taking place on June 7, 2022. The program is aimed at women who have started a tech firm in the previous two years or are starting a new tech business with seed money.

Fifty candidates will get training in both technology and business development ideas and the chance to acquire insights and mentorship from Google’s specialists. Sessions will target participants’ skill sets, allowing them to use technology to grow their enterprises.

Community building activities will be interspersed between technical workshops, allowing attendees to network and cooperate with other top women in tech in the area and the United States and US government authorities. All program sessions will be held virtually and in English.

The Providing Opportunities for Women's Economic Rise (POWER) Initiative of the United States Department of State has collaborated with Google's Women Techmakers to present the Women Tech Founders Program.

Application Process

Applicants should apply via the Google Form. Applications will open April 4, 2022 and close April 30, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Finalists at the Women Tech Founders Program will be announced in May 2022.

Key Application Criteria

Applicant must be a woman leading a tech startup with:

  1. A technology-based product.
  2. At least acquired seed funding.
  3. Some level of market traction with their product/service.
  4. Legally registered in the Middle East and North Africa region.


Selected finalists will be invited to participate in training sessions that will run through the months of June and July. See session dates below:

  • Session 1: June 7, 2022 (Finalists Only)
  • Session 2: June 21, 2022 (Finalists Only)
  • Session 3: July 5, 2022 (Finalists Only)
  • Session 4: July 19, 2022 (Finalists Only)

Applications are open April 4 until April 30, 2022. Apply through the Google Form Application.

Also visit the Women Tech Founders Program Google Events Page.

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Hafiz Akinde
Hafiz Akinde
Hafiz Akinde is an award-winning writer, author, and experienced content marketer. He is the co-founder and Chief Technical Officer at Tech With Africa, a tech platform that aims to decentralize tech news, build more tech leaders, and localize tech concepts for the African community.

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