Judges shortlist 10 female entrepreneurs to the final stages of Ro’Ya 2015

Judges shortlist 10 female entrepreneurs to the final stages of Ro’Ya 2015

United Arab Emirates, Dubai, 12 October 2015 – The judging panel for Ro’Ya 2015 was announced today by the Dubai Business Women Council (DBWC), part of the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and MasterCard. It consists of Maryam Al Noori, Managing Director at Worood Intraflora, one of the Gulf’s most successful floral decoration and supply companies, and a Board Member at Dubai Business Women Council; Clare Woodcraft, CEO of Emirates Foundation, an independent philanthropic organization set up by the Government of Abu Dhabi to facilitate public-private funded initiatives for youth welfare across the UAE; Ziad Matar, Senior Director of Business Development at Qualcomm, a global wireless telecommunications products and services company; and Eyad Al Kourdi, Senior Vice President and General Manager – UAE, MasterCard.

As part of their first order of business, the judges were tasked with selecting the top female entrepreneurs for Ro’Ya 2015 and have since shortlisted 10 participants who will progress on to the final stages. The finalists will now undergo extensive soft skill training from CCM Consultancy. The training will coach participants on how to refine, structure, and deliver a strong business pitch in order to motivate your audience and create maximum impact. Following this, five of the 10 shortlisted entrepreneurs will be invited to pitch their ideas, in person, to the judging panel at the Ro’Ya gala dinner on November 23, 2015.

Commenting on the competition finale and judging line-up Dr. Raja Easa Saleh Al Gurg, President of DBWC said; “Last year’s entries set the bar in terms of originality and potential and our judging panel is on the lookout for even better ideas for Ro’ya 2015. The panel is made up of industry heavyweights from diverse sectors and their collective expertise and know-how will help identify tomorrow’s leading entrepreneurs.”

Michael Miebach, President – Middle East and Africa, MasterCard said: “The impact of Ro’Ya 2015 extends beyond just the three winners. Each participant has goes through a tailor-made coaching and development program to give her the tools to build and grow a successful business. This is what makes Ro’Ya unique.”

The competition winner will receive the equivalent of USD 50,000, with second and third prize winners taking home the equivalent of USD 30,000 and USD 20,000 respectively. All three winners will also be partnered up with one of the program’s crowd funding partners – VentureFin – who will take them through a six-week accelerator program to help them hone their entrepreneurial skills and contribute towards the success of their businesses.

For more information about Ro’Ya, log on to royadubai.ae

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Notes to Editor:

The 10 female entrepreneurs shortlisted to the final stages of Ro’Ya 2015 include:

Name: Business:
Abir Moussa OfficeTag.com
Amira Awwad MedsConnect
Annelies Hodge Nanny & More
Aya Fisher ORI-Your Fitness Concierge
Ghadah Hasiba Kinder Link
Jennifer Neff My Social Prescription
Karalynn Thomson The Animal Agency
Leyla Lahsini KenziBox
Red Broad Peaple-My Max
Yamna Khan PerksPlus

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About DBWC

Established in 2002, under the umbrella of the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Dubai Business Women Council is the official representative organisation for business women, both professionals and entrepreneurs, in the Emirate of Dubai.

Building awareness, educating, promoting opportunities and enhancing positive change in the community towards the acceptance of women in business is at the heart of the DBWC’s belief in empowering women and motivating them to be productive members of the society and economy.

The ‘Network Majlis’ events are hosted monthly by the DBWC in order to provide information about the latest knowledge, skills and best practices for women entrepreneurs and leaders. For more information about DBWC and their recent activities, visit www.dbwc.ae. Log on to the Council’s Facebook page.

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