Dubai Just Launched its Women-Only Accelerator to Drive Female Fintech Talent

Dubai will be getting its own female-focused accelerator programme soon, run by DIFC FinTech Hive.

AccelerateHer is a mentorship programme held with Carter Murray, and aims to equip budding female professionals with the necessary tools and experience to become more active in the region’s fintech landscape development.

The mentorship programme is already underway, running from April to November 2019.

AccelerateHer connects young aspiring executives to accomplished professionals with relevant experience from the DIFC FinTech Hive’s network—including some of the world’s leading financial organisations.

Raja Al Mazrouei, Executive Vice President of DIFC FinTech Hive, said:

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“Research shows that women remain significantly underrepresented in the upper levels of financial services.”


“I’m confident that AccelerateHer will [expose] the young female talent of the UAE to a diverse range of experiences that allow them to play a more influential role in the future of the industry.”

At AccelerateHer’s launch event, 12 mentorship pairings were established between mentees and mentors from Arab Bank, AXA Insurance, CIGNA, Emirates Islamic, First Abu Dhabi Bank, HSBC, Insurance House, Noor Bank, Noor Takaful, Standard Chartered, VISA, and Zurich.

AccelerateHer joins a growing fintech ecosystem in DIFC, which now includes infrastructure, fit-for-purpose-regulation,subsidised licensing, and access to some of the world’s pioneering financial institutions.


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